In 2003, the European Commission initiated fight against illegal logging and illegal trade of wooden products by developing an action plan. This action plan is called FLEGT Action Plan. EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT license scheme are one of the several elements in the FLEGT Action Plan. The EU developed the FLEGT Action Plan as a response to rising international concerns about the social, economic and environmental impacts of illegal logging.

Finnish Agency for Rural Affairs (Mavi) is the competent authority responsible for implementing the FLEGT scheme in Finland. 

In October 2010, the EU issued the timber regulation (EUTR 995/2010) with the purpose of preventing the entry and use of illegal timber and refined products thereof in the EU. The regulation has been imposed as of 3 March 2013. FLEGT license scheme will be in practice in 2016.

Illegal timber means timber harvested or sold in violation of the national legislation in the country of origin. This may involve for example illegal felling, tax fraud or counterfeit customs documents.

Illegal harvesting is a significant and growing global problem, with serious impacts on deforestation, climate change and biodiversity loss worldwide. It weakens the competitive position of operators who follow the law both in the exporting and importing countries and causes significant loss of revenue to the states.

It is an impediment to sustainable development in developing countries and even contributes to financing armed conflicts, and it may also involve serious human rights violations. 

Additional information:

Marko Lehtosalo

Senior inspector

Agency for rural affairs

Opastinsilta 12 B, 2. krs, 00520 Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 31 2397, +358 40 189 1891

E-mail: forename.surname@mavi.fi


Shingo Masuda

Forest expert

Agency for rural affairs

Opastinsilta 12 B, 2. krs, 00520 Helsinki

Tel. +358 295 31 2408, +358 50 435 3063

E-mail: forename.surname@mavi.fi