Public consultation launched on EU Timber Regulation

2 March 2018

Public consultation launched on EU Timber Regulation


For several years, Intergraf has been advocating for the extension of the scope of the EU Timber Regulation to prevent the imports of printed products of a lower environmental standard.

On 29 January, the European Commission launched a public consultation running until 24 April 2018. This is the first step towards a possible legislative review of the scope. European printers are covered by the Regulation for the paper substrate they purchase. In contrast, imported printed products fall outside the scope and can originate from illegally harvested forests.

Intergraf has assessed that more than € 1.35 billion worth of printed products entering the European market may be from an unsafe origin. Intergraf will contribute to the consultation, telling the European regulator that the extension of the scope will restore faire competition, close the current environmental loophole and secure the reputation of printed products in Europe.

We call on the industry to mobilise and largely participate to the consultation. We are happy to share detailed arguments and data on this matter. The consultation is available in 23 languages here.

ContactLaetitia Reynaud