Implementation of timber regulation
The Timber Regulation (EU) No. 995/2010 has aimed to combat illegal logging and the associated trade by prohibiting marketing in the European Union (EU) of illegally harvested timber and products derived from such illegal timber. After one year of the Regulation fully entering into force, this project delivered two studies assessing its implementation and proposed recommendations for its improvement.
The report on the implementation of the Regulation was carried out in five Member States. It analysed the legal and practical measures taken by the five Member States, namely: Belgium, Croatia, Poland, Portugal and Romania, in order to ensure the full application of the EUTR both, de jure and de facto.
The report draws out common trends and identifies the main problems of the implementation of the Regulation, making recommendations for action at the EU-level to ensure compliance with the EUTR. The report is accompanied by the five national reports for each of the Member States reviewed.
The report also aimed to contribute to the debate on the most appropriate governance institutional structures at the EU level. The complexity of the implementation and enforcement of the Timber Regulation in Member States has not been compensated by a well-developed structure supporting Member States implementation efforts.
The Study analysed the effectiveness and efficiency of different elements of the organisations’ structures for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (in particular the Common Implementation Strategy) the CITES Regulation (EC) No 338/97 and the Services Directive 2006/123/EC. Based on these three cases studies, the report recommended a workable practical solution to the challenges faced by the parties involved in the implementation of the Timber Regulation (EU) No. 995/2010 within the existing economic and political context.
The flexibility of the Common Implementation Strategy under the Water Framework Directive based on an informal and non-legally based structure seemed to meet both the needs identified for full implementation and the expected roles of the parties involved.
Both studies were used to inform the debate between stakeholders on the implementation of the Timber Regulation