Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Honduras on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products to the European Union
1. In 2005 the European Council authorised the Commission to negotiate partnership agreements with timber producing countries in order to implement the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan. The Action plan encourages trade in timber in the EU that is harvested legally and verified as such by the partner country. Once a timber producing country has agreed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU and has subsequently met sufficient standards, they can issue FLEGT licences to verify legality of timber harvest.
2. The FLEGT licensing scheme is being built up through the establishment of a number of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) governing the trade in specified timber and timber products between the EU and timber exporting countries. The VPA sets out the legality-verification systems and other measures putting in place FLEGT licence legality and assurance in the partnership country, and corresponding obligations of the European Union for receiving FLEGT licensed timber products at Member States’ borders.