States remain divided on EU illegal timber rules

Governments are struggling to reach consensus on draft EU rules to combat illegal timber, ENDS has learnt. The Swedish EU presidency tabled new compromise proposals on the plans this week with the aim of forging a political agreement in December.

One of the issues splitting member states is whether governments or the European Commission should approve monitoring organisations set up to ensure that operators abide by the new rules. The commission originally proposed that member states should be given that responsibility.

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