In July 2014 the European Commission launched an external evaluation of the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan: the team of consultants is due to start its work in December 2014 and will submit a final report by October 2015.
The Government of Indonesia invites comments until 15 May on its draft revised SVLK regulations to be issued in June this year. SVLK stands for Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu, Indonesia's timber legality assurance system. The draft regulations are building blocks for the Indonesia–EU VPA.
Forest and environment officials from five central African countries gathered in Douala, Cameroon, to share their experiences of developing and implementing the public information requirement noted in the annexes of their respective VPAs.
Members of the joint implementation committee (JIC) for the Liberia-EU VPA met for the first JIC meeting in Monrovia, on 27-29 May 2014. They reviewed implementation progress and agreed on the priorities for 2014 and upcoming milestones for the timber legality assurance system under development.