European Commission invites views on EUTR product scope
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the Product Scope of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which will run until 24 April 2018. Operators, traders, affected industry and/or trade associations, EU Member States' EUTR Competent Authorities, Monitoring Organisations under the EUTR, civil society organisations, non-EU timber-producing countries and the general public are invited to provide their views and evidence on possible changes to the EUTR product scope.
After two years of the EUTR’s application, the consultation is based on the recognition that the regulation covers a significant number of timber products, but not all are included in its scope. The consultation will contribute to an impact assessment to analyse possible changes to the EUTR product scope.
The consultation, which is part of the European Transparency Initiative, is available in 23 EU languages. The questionnaire, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, is built around three policy options: no change in the product scope; change by adding some products that contain timber; and change by including all products that contain timber. Responders are invited to provide their views on potential environmental, economic and social impacts of all three options.