Illegal timber rules still have ‘no teeth’

Six years after its introduction, a key illegal timber law continues to show “severe shortcomings”, says a new report by WWF Europe.

According to the report, the 2013 European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) is not watertight. It says that a lack of enforcement and harmonisation across member states means that European consumers have little guarantee timber products are made with legal wood.

The report points to lack of enforcement actions as a key concern. While it found some enforcement had improved, the report found ”severe” gaps. For example, of the 16 member states analysed, eight did not use criminal sanctions.

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