Briefing: Minimising the risk of deforestation and forest degradation associated with products placed on the EU market and exported from the EU
Source: European Parliament
This briefing provides an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's impact assessment (IA) accompanying the above-mentioned proposal, submitted on 17 November 2021 and referred to the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). The proposal was first announced in the 2019 Commission communication on Stepping up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests, and then confirmed in the European Green Deal, the 2030 EU biodiversity strategy and the 'farm to fork' strategy. On 22 October 2020, on the basis of an own-initiative report, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, which was accompanied by a European added value assessment. The resolution calls on the Commission to submit a proposal for an EU legal framework to halt and reverse EU-driven global deforestation. Following up on this request, the Commission included the present proposal in its 2021 work programme and the 2021 joint declaration on legislative priorities.