The EU's strategy against combatting illegal logging is failing due to poor implementation and management, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors. Four countries (Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain) have not yet fully implemented the EU Timber Regulation, which was introduced to prevent illegal timber entering the EU market.
Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:
"I am very angry that Europe is failing to implement our side of international and EU agreements to tackle illegal logging.
"Deforestation accounts for more global greenhouse gas emissions than the whole of the EU combined.
"If the Commission is serious about tackling climate change it must take action to end the import of illegal timber into the EU.
"How can we convince developing countries to address illegal logging if we fail to meet our side of the bargain?"