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Briefing Notes

Process to ratify timber trade agreements

20 September 2010

Process to ratify timber trade agreements

A short briefing note on the processes that leads to operational VPA agreements. 

The VPA process is undertaken by the EU on behalf of all its Member States. Although both parties (the EU and the timber producer country) enter into VPA negotiations voluntarily, when a VPA enters into force both parties are legally committed to only trade legal timber. The process can be split into two stages: negotiation and ratification.

Categories: Development Aid, Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT)

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