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Statement by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, on the conclusion of negotiations on a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and Indonesia

Commission Européenne - MEMO/11/274   04/05/2011

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MEMO/11/274

Brussels, 4 May 2011

Statement by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, on the conclusion of negotiations on a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and Indonesia

"I very much welcome the conclusion of negotiations between the EU and Indonesia on the very important topic of illegal logging. This is a landmark step. It is the result of four years of negotiation and extensive stakeholder involvement in Indonesia. I congratulate the negotiators on both sides, in particular the many Indonesians who have contributed to the development of a mechanism to assure the legality of timber and timber products that enjoys broad support amongst all sectors of Indonesian society. It will ensure that Indonesia timber exports to the EU are in compliance with Indonesian legislation, thus providing an assurance to EU consumers that they are not purchasing products made from illegally harvested timber. The provisions on independent monitoring, access to information and on the role of civil society are far-reaching and give me confidence that the agreement will be effectively implemented. I hope that this agreement will serve as an example for agreements with other partners around the world."

Background

Today at a ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia, chief negotiators from the EU and Indonesia initialled a Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the Republic of Indonesia and the European Union. At the same time the Indonesian Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan, and the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, issued a Joint Statement welcoming the agreement and endorsing mechanisms to prepare for implementation while the formal ratification process takes place.

More information on FLEGT:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/flegt.htm


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