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Indonesian timber to get free access to EU by year end

  • Dewanti A. Wardhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 6 2016   /  08:36 am

Indonesian timber products may have recently met the EU’s legality standards, but the first fully licensed shipments to the regional bloc will have to wait until the end of the year.

Before Indonesian timber products are eligible for the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing scheme, the 28-nation grouping will need to conduct further internal discussions and preparations.

EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Guerend said the EU Commission would carry out a process called “democratic scrutiny” in the European Parliament and the European Council to review the proposal.

The process will start in the middle of June and will go on for two months before a decision is made and the policy is finally adopted. Guerend expects the discussions to run smoothly. After this timber industry players and operators in the EU wil...