Negotiation progress

negotiation-progress

Organizational chart of the negotiation team on FLEGT/VPA in Viet Nam

  • With Timber products making up 80% of Vietnamese export production, and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), the EU has set out legality requirements for timber and timber products imported into the EU.
  • Vietnam and the EU have been officially negotiating the FLEGT/VPA since November 2010. Vietnam expects to finalize its negotiations in October 2014. The lead agency in negotiation on FLEGT/VPA in Vietnam is MARD; it works in partnership with the following ministries: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Finance, Association for Timber Processing and Trade (See Figure 1). For the EU, the lead agency is the General Department of the Environment, working under the EU delegation in Brussels, Belgium with technical support from various specialists from the European Forestry Institute (EFI).