EU Regulation on deforestation-free products

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On 17 November 2021, the EU published a legislative proposal for a Regulation on deforestation-free products. The proposal aims to reduce deforestation by setting targets for commodities linked to a high risk of deforestation, commodities such as soy, beef, palm oil or coffee.
Before placing these products on the EU market or exporting them from the EU, operators and large traders would be required by the proposed regulation to carry out comprehensive, effective and continuous due diligence to prove that their products are not linked to deforestation or forest degradation, disclose information about their supply chains and report on their measures to avoid deforestation. The legislative proposal currently goes through the ordinary legislative procedure and must be formally adopted by both the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. The agreement can take up to two years before the Regulation comes into force.

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