The Communication was long expected. It comes after extensive stakeholder consultations on deforestation and forest degradation and possible EU action, including two conferences, a public consultation and three studies. The Communication also comes in response to repeated requests from the Council and European Parliament, calling for more coordinated action in particular via the elimination of deforestation from agricultural commodity chains.
"The reinforced approach announced today addresses both the supply and demand side of the issue. It introduces measures for enhanced international cooperation with stakeholders and Member States, promotion of sustainable finance, better use of land and resources, sustainable job creation and supply chain management, and targeted research and data collection. It also launches an assessment of possible new regulatory measures to minimise the impact of EU consumption on deforestation and forest degradation.
The Commission has set out five priorities:
MVO, together with other European stakeholders and organisations has been participating in earlier consultation and meetings. We underline the importance of multilateral institutional dialogue with exporting countries to combat deforestation. Furthermore we have been working in the past to serve EU market demand for responsibly produced (including deforestation-free) products. We will continue to do so building on the relevant recommended actions.
A link to the communicaton can be found here.
A link to the EC press release can be found here.