EU cracks down on illegal timber trade
The European Commission has proposed a voluntary scheme and an EU regulation to combat imports of illegally logged timber to Europe. The first is intended to help exporters reform their trade mechanisms, while the second will introduce licensing for legally sourced timber. The Commission said it was "showing the way" and delivering on commitments made at the UN Johannesburg sustainability summit in 2002. Environmental groups criticised the central role awarded in the plan to voluntary action. See press releases from European Commission and Greenpeace.