Trees

Trees

Is the EUTR effective against corruption?

Project duration: 2014 > 2016

Partners: Rissc – Conlegno – Pefc Italia – Cnpv Foundation – Riskmonitor

Website: www.trees-project.eu

Eu_flag_web With the financial support of the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme European Commission

In order to protect its timber market and its society the EU has adopted a new regulation (EU Timber Regulation, 995/2010, commonly known as the EUTR) that has entered into force the 6th March 2013. The Regulation was adopted as an overarching measure to prohibit the placing of illegal timber on the European internal market, aiming to ensure that the timber extraction is in compliance with the national legislation of the country of origin. The EUTR lays down three core obligations: 1. it prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber and timber products on the EU market for the first time; 2. it requires EU operators placing timber on the market to exercise Due Diligence; 3. it requires subsequent traders to keep records of their suppliers and customers.

The implementation of DDS represents an opportunity to ensure transparency and legality both

formally (in the documents) and substantially (in the production process). Though, vulnerability still exists in the DDS procedure: capacity to detect false certificates, lack of standard procedures, lack of operator specialized training, lack of minimal standards, difficulties to detect and been aware of criminal routes and modi operandi. The lack of operative guidelines about how to proceed in risk assessment and mitigation creates uncertainty spaces that allow criminal organizations to act without being punished and reduce Timber Regulation capacity to tackle corruption. The analysis of these weaknesses will be further assessed during the development of the TREES Project..