Farm ministers reject EU ban on illegal timber

Member states are set for a confrontation with MEPs after rejecting their call for an EU ban on illegal timber. Instead farm ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday backed a European Commission proposal requiring traders to set up "due diligence systems".

Under the proposal traders would have to check that timber complies with relevant legislation in its country of origin and assess whether there is a risk that it was illegally harvested. The ministers want delay the rules' entry into force by six months compared with the commission's timetable.

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