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Monday, 21 November 2011

The Council authorises approval of the international tropical timber agreement

The 3123rd Council meeting on Agriculture and Fisheries adopted a decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the EU, of the 2006 international tropical timber agreement (5812/11). The conference set up within UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) concluded its work on the replacement of the 1994 international tropical timber agreement with the adoption of a new agreement on 27 January 2006.

This agreement was opened for signing at the UN in New York. Although tropical timber agreements are generally trade agreements covered by Article 133 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, they are considered as unconventional commodity agreements covering both trade and the environment through sustainable management for the conservation of tropical tree species.

The purpose of this decision is therefore to approve the international tropical timber agreement 2006 and authorise the EU to deposit the instrument of approval with the UN international treaties office.

Source: Council of Ministers