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March 12, 2019

The European Parliament votes on VPA with Vietnam

The European Parliament votes on VPA with Vietnam
Members of the European Parliament will vote today, March 12 on a resolution to consent to the EU’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with Vietnam, aimed at improving the legality of wood and wood products flowing from the country into the EU.    Observers expect the vote to pass in favor of the VPA but have voiced concerns that Vietnam doesn’t yet have adequate enforcement capacity to guarantee that the exported wood comes from legally harvested sources, especially with wood that Vietnam imports from other countries.    “If there aren’t rigorous import ...

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