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EU-China bilateral coordination mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement
Asia Observatory

20 February 2009

EU-China bilateral coordination mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement

On Friday 30 January 2009 the Chinese government and European Commission established an EU-China bilateral coordination mechanism on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG).
The agreement was signed by Mr. Zhu Lieke, Vice-Minister of the Chinese State Forest Administration and Commissioner Dimas of the EC in the presence of EC President Manuel Barroso and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
The mechanism will provide a framework for policy dialogue and joint activities on issues such as timber legality verification, supply chain transparency and public and private procurement policies for timber and timber products. It also foresees the possibility of trilateral cooperation with third countries. It is expected that the mechanism will encourage the development of shared approaches to timber legality verification, in which it is likely that the systems established by countries negotiating FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements with the EU will feature prominently.

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