Council of Ministers approves illegal timber law

A draft EU regulation on illegal timber has cleared its final legislative hurdle following its adoption by the Council of Ministers on Monday, paving the way for the law's entry into force. The rules were approved by the parliament in July.

Operators placing timber products on the market for the first time will be legally responsible for ensuring their products have been harvested legally. They will be required to put in place 'due diligence' systems. Internal traders down the supply chain will have to meet less stringent requirements.

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