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Team Europe Initiative on Deforestation-free Value Chains

EU Deforestation Regulation: An opportunity for smallholders

Under the EU Deforestation Regulation, only products that are legal in the country of production and not linked to deforestation and forest-degradation after 31 December 2020 can be placed on the EU market. Smallholders producing cattle, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, rubber, soya and wood for the EU market should produce on deforestation-free land and follow national laws. Smallholders who do not place these products on the EU market themselves are under no direct legal obligations. However, they might be asked by their business partners, for example buyers, to provide information on their production, especially on the land of production. Business partners need this information to fulfil their own obligations under the regulation.

Publication date:
01/11/2023
Author:
Directorate-general for Environment (European Commission)
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