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Regulation (EU) No. 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market.

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Abstract
This Regulation lays down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the internal market for the first time, as well as the obligations of traders. The aim is to support the fight against illegal logging and related trade actively, to complement and strengthen the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement initiative and to improve synergies between policies in view of the conservation of forests and the achievement of a high level of environmental protection, including combating climate change and biodiversity loss.
As a general rule, the placing on the market of illegally harvested timber or timber products derived from such timber shall be prohibited. Operators shall exercise due diligence when placing timber or timber products on the market. To that end, they shall use the due diligence system , a framework of procedures and measures set out in article 6. This system includes risk assessment procedures enabling the operator to analyse and evaluate the risk of illegally harvested timber or timber products derived from such timber being placed on the market.
The Regulation establishes the obligation of traceability: traders shall, throughout the supply chain, be able to identify (i) the operators or the traders who have supplied the timber and timber products; and (ii) the traders to whom they have supplied timber and timber products, if applicable.
For the implementation of these provisions, the Commission shall be assisted by the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Committee established under article 11 of Regulation (EC) No. 2173/2005.
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Entry into force notes
This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. It shall apply as from 3 March 2013. However, Articles 6(2), 7(1), 8(7) and 8(8) shall apply as from 2 December 2010.
Notes
An unofficial consolidated version of the present Regulation as amended last by Regulation (EU) 2019/1010 of 5 June 2019 is attached.
Repealed
Yes
Serial Imprint
Official Journal of the European Union L 295, 12 November 2010, pp. 23-33.
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English

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