Supporting the EU to address illegal timber trade

Supporting the European Commission in monitoring the implementation and enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation

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Briefing notes on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulations


February – May 2020

December 2019 - January 2020

September - November 2019

July - August 2019

May - June 2019

March - April 2019



Please visit the European Commission's website for the full list


Overview of Competent Authority EU Timber Regulation checks

January - June 2019

July - December 2018

December 2017 – June 2018

June - November 2017

March - May 2017

Please visit the European Commission's website for the full list


Country overviews

Country overview Brazil

Country overview China

Country overview Myanmar

Country overview Russian Federation

Country overview Ukraine


Additional resources

Background analysis for the 2018 annual synthesis report on implementation of the FLEGT licensing scheme

Background analysis for the 2017 annual synthesis report on implementation of the FLEGT licensing scheme

Background analysis of the 2015-2017 national biennial reports on the implementation of the EUTR

EU Timber Trade Interactive Dashboard

The interplay between CITES and EUTR/FLEGT


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The Challenge

Illegal logging and associated trade is a global issue of major concern. It threatens forests and biodiversity, and undermines sustainable forest management and development.

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which came into force in 2013, aims to reduce the devastating effects of illegal timber trade. It prohibits illegally harvested timber, or products derived from such timber, from being placed on the market in the EU.

Traders that place timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time have to implement the EUTR by exercising due diligence; this means they must minimise the risk that timber was illegally harvested or that timber products contain such timber.

Member States' authorities are tasked with enforcing the implementation of the EUTR nationally, and with assisting the Commission to achieve uniform implementation across the EU.

To achieve this, authorities need access to relevant and accurate information, such as on timber source countries, national legal frameworks and EUTR enforcement or trade patterns. However, this information can be difficult to access and national capacity to carry out assessments is often insufficient.

Our solution & impact

We work closely with the European Commission and EU Member States' Competent Authorities to support the assessment of the implementation and enforcement of the EUTR. 

We also assist national authorities by providing well-researched syntheses of relevant information and access to key data, to help inform their implementation of the Regulation. 

This includes:

  • Assisting the Commission in analysing national reports on EUTR that are produced by EU Member States and European Free Trade Association countries, and national reports on the FLEGT licensing scheme
  • Bi-monthly briefing notes which provide a summary of recent developments relevant to EUTR, enabling the Competent Authorities and the wider public to be kept up to date on key topics and activities
  • Country overviews that hold information on source countries relevant for the implementation of EUTR, such as forest status, timber trade statistics, risks of illegality and relevant national legislation 
  • Biannual analyses of EUTR compliance checks performed and penalties imposed by EU Member States and European Free Trade Association countries, to enforce the implementation of EUTR
  • Analyses in a number of aspects relating to EUTR and FLEGT, including timber trade into and within the EU, EUTR and FLEGT implementing legislation in Member States, as well as a variety of topics of emerging concern or relevance.

Expertise & Team

Our team combines scientific and technical expertise in the fields of timber trade analysis, working with businesses, international biodiversity trade related legislation, information synthesis and national report analysis to support the implementation of international agreements and regulations, including EUTR and FLEGT.

Satu glaser

Satu Glaser

Project Lead, Senior Programme Officer

Liz womack crop

Liz Womack

Senior Programme Officer

Kelly malsch

Kelly Malsch

Head of Species Programme

Aly pavitt

Aly Pavitt

Programme Officer

Jen mark web

Jennifer Mark

Associate Programme Officer

Aude caromel

Aude Caromel

Associate Programme Officer

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