The Council of the European Union has just adopted the text of the EU regulation on deforestation. The Parliament had already voted the text of the agreement. The next step will be the promulgation of the text, which will enter into force at that moment, and will be applicable 18 months later (24 months for SMEs). The ATIBT is setting up a discussion group (reserved for members) to propose solutions, a point that will be taken up at the end of the article.
After the European Parliament a few weeks ago, the Council of the European Union has adopted the text of the EU deforestation regulation (EUDR).
On May 10, the ambassadors had agreed to vote in the Council the text of the agreement reached in trilogue in December 2022, which was done this May 16 by the European ministers.
At the ambassadors' meeting, no country voted against and five abstained, including Sweden, which questioned the administrative burden that this regulation could place on smaller producers. The Presidency also criticized the lack of clarity in the control and traceability mechanism. Portugal and Slovakia criticized the definition of forest degradation, which the ambassadors believe could hinder nature restoration actions.
The next 18 months will therefore be dedicated to preparing for its implementation, including the following activities:
o "Traceability" group (including due diligence requirements)
o "Smallholder Inclusion" group
The purpose of these groups is to assist the multi-stakeholder platform in gathering information and elements that can be used to interpret the requirements and facilitate the implementation of the regulation. Participants will be voluntary members of the platform (Member States, third countries, NGOs and trade associations).
- Country risk benchmarking: the European Commission will classify countries, or certain regions, as low, standard or high risk through an objective and transparent assessment within 18 months of the regulation coming into force. Thus, products from low-risk countries will be subject to a simplified due diligence procedure, while the proportion of controls will be carried out on operators according to the country's risk level.
- The development and operationalization of the information system (Register): this information system will allow operators to submit their due diligence declarations and to verify the declarations already registered. This register will be interconnected with the customs, and accessible to the competent authorities to establish their controls.
We recall that the ATIBT has developed with LCB an information brochure on the EUDR compared to the EUTR.
The ATIBT is fully mobilized with its partners (European federations such as LCB, Fedustria, Etic, etc.) to engage in the preparatory work for the implementation and to prepare the sector for the arrival of this new regulation.
We will also set up a discussion group (reserved for members) to exchange, inform and identify the points of attention to be raised and propose solutions. Please contact Caroline Duhesme (email@example.com) to express your interest in participating in this discussion group.