EU and China agree on their 2018 cooperation under the BCM
China and the European Union (EU) are strengthening their efforts to address illegal logging and promote legal timber trade through their Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance. The 9th meeting of the BCM took place in Beijing, China, on 7 March 2018.
Mr. Wang Chunfeng, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of the State Forestry Administration (SFA) of China, opened the meeting. ‘China has taken a series of measures to combat illegal logging and associated trade during the past years. Good progress has been made under the BCM and other platforms in this regard,’ he said. ‘China has attached great importance to the BCM discussions and guides the Chinese enterprises to better understand and comply with the EU Timber Regulation.’
Ms. Astrid Schomaker, Director of Global Sustainable Development at the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission, emphasised the importance of the dialogue between the EU and China. ‘The EU is pleased to learn about China’s progress in the development of timber legality legislation, which is a core element of the BCM,’ she said. Pointing to the finalisation of the ‘Feasibility analysis of the incorporation of timber legality requirements into Chinese laws or regulations to promote trade in legal forest products,’ Ms. Schomaker said the study constitutes ‘an important milestone in the work of the BCM’ and ‘looked forward to following up on its findings.’ She added that ‘the EU also welcomes current efforts to explore the recognition of Indonesian FLEGT-verified legal timber in China.’