The European Parliament supports limiting imports of products such as coffee, wood or soy that contribute to deforestation


The plenary session of the European Parliament has given the green light this Tuesday to the regulation to limit imports from third countries to the community market of palm oil, beef, wood, coffee, cocoa and soybeans if they contribute to deforestation and forest degradation, and has called for pork, sheep and goat meat to be added to the list.

With 453 votes in favour, 57 against and 123 abstentions, the MEPs have given their approval to the rule proposed by the Community Executive, which will be debated with the Twenty-seven, and have expanded their ambition so that it is also applied to the pork, sheep and goat meat, poultry, corn, rubber, charcoal and printed paper products, in line with what was raised by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety last month July.

In addition, the European Parliament has asked to advance one year, until December 31, 2019, the proposal proposed by the European Commission to extend the standard to products produced on deforested land.

Likewise, the European Parliament has urged to impose specific requirements on financial institutions to guarantee that their activities do not contribute to deforestation.

The new legislation would oblige companies to verify that the products sold in the European Union have not been produced on deforested or degraded land anywhere in the world and that they do not contribute to the destruction of forests, including tropical ones.

In a further step, the European Parliament has requested to expand the regulations to guarantee that the articles have been produced in accordance with the provisions on human rights of international law and with respect for the rights of indigenous peoples.

Although the rule does not specifically prohibit any country or merchandise, companies that sell these products in the community market will be obliged to assess the risks of these imports through tools such as field audits, supplier training or tests to verify the origin of these products.

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