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Global Witness welcomes new EU law banning illegal timber

Author: Global Witness, Published on: 8 July 2010

The European Parliament has introduced new legislation banning the trade of illegally sourced timber and timber products in EU member states…Global Witness warmly welcomed the reform as an important step towards cracking down on illegal logging around the world…"For more than 15 years, Global Witness has been working to stop illegal logging and the associated suffering of millions of people who live in and from forests...[T]his new law…means timber traders will bear legal responsibility for the products they source," said Reiner Tegtmeyer, investigator at Global Witness…The new law follows the US Lacey Act…The EU law is not as stringent as this...[Refers to US investigation of Gibson Guitars]

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