EU and China agree on their 2018 cooperation under the BCM

author:EU FLEGT

                                               

                                                                           Source:EU FLEGT Facility in Asia China Project Office  

The European Commission presented on the FLEGT Action Plan and updated participants about the enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation. The presentation included examples of checks on furniture imports from China and the latest figures on Indonesian FLEGT licences.

Representatives of competent authorities of the United Kingdom and Spain provided updates on the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation and the EU FLEGT Action Plan over the past year. The UK described its more rigid approach to non-compliance, with the first criminal prosecution in November 2017. It also shared concrete examples of inspections and notices of remedial action to companies importing plywood products and kitchen furniture from China. Spain presented on its implementation of the EU Timber Regulation and close cooperation with other EU Member States, emphasising that more checks are to be expected.

The two sides endorsed the progress report on the implementation of the BCM work plan for 2017. They also agreed to the 2018 work plan, which includes priorities and activities for the year ahead. Noting the importance of ongoing work in China on the formulation of timber import management measures, they agreed that the BCM would support progress in this area.

China and the EU also discussed their future strategic cooperation to promote trade in legal timber and agreed to enhance synergies between the two sides’ engagement in third countries. Building on previous experience, it was noted that support from EU Member States, including from Germany and the United Kingdom, continues to be instrumental.

In the afternoon, China and the EU held technical discussions with representatives from the private sector and from non-governmental organisations. The Chinese delegation presented the approved BCM 2018 work plan. The representatives from the private sector and from non-governmental organisations then outlined their work and identified options for active support to the priority areas identified in the 2018 BCM work plan. 

On the meeting’s second day, participants went on a field trip to the Tianjin port, where they met with customs officials and learned about China’s procedures for receiving and inspecting imported goods. The 10th meeting of the BCM will take place in Brussels, Belgium, in 2019.