EU to ratify illegal timber agreement with Ghana

The Council of Ministers is set to formally ratify a voluntary partnership agreement with Ghana to ensure the legality of timber products imported into the EU. It is the first to be concluded under the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) initiative.

The agreement will see the establishment of a licensing scheme and verification system in Ghana to check the legality of timber exported to the EU. The West African republic will appoint an independent monitor to police the system.

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