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EU Papermakers write letter to Commission: "Too many loopholes in EUTR"

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and the European Federation for Print and Digital Communications (INTERGRAF) have jointly written to the European Commission raising their concerns on the confused application of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Commenting on the recent EUTR report issued by the Commission, the two organisations underlined how "a number of different timber-based products are not covered by the current legislation." In particular, the most concerning loophole is the exemption for printed products, such as books, magazines and other products of the Printing Industry.

"Printers in the UK, quite rightly, are required to ensure the legality of the paper they use. Yet printers outside the European Union, that can be based in locations where illegally harvested timber products are present, have no such requirement – even when they are exporting to the UK", the UK Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) added.

"While this exemption has never been sensible, the increasing imports of printed materials from potentially problematic areas means the loophole needs to be closed. As part of the consultation process to inform the review, a wide range of environmental and industry groups called for this issue to be addressed, and it is disappointing to see no proposals in the review", the UK Papermakers organisation concluded.

Click here to read the letter in full.


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UK Papermakers Confederation joins anti-Brexit coalition

In the debate on the future of the European Union, the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) sets out the case for the UK remaining within a reformed EU.

According to the Confederation, withdrawing from the EU would be detrimental to the UK casting doubts over free movement and regulatory frameworks. Exporters to the EU would still have to comply with a host of EU regulations and standards, and UK’s Papermakers, Converters and Recyclers would be projected into a period of uncertainty. That blurry business environment could jeopardise the 25,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs in the paper supply chain in the UK.

This being said, the CPI encourages a deep reform process of the European Union. "EU officials legislate in isolation regardless of the consequences to European industry, placing burdens and restrictions on industries such as Paper, particularly in relation to environmental, energy and climate change measures", the Confederation claims. 

In the MPs Briefing held last week, the CPI addressed again the UK Government asking to adapt the regulatory regime for Energy Intensive Industries to the other EU countries. "Failure to act will result in the loss of even more capacity. The UK’s Paper Industry lost a massive 20% of its capacity in 2015 and our country is now the largest importer of paper anywhere in the world."

David Workman, CPI Chief Executive, added: “The debate on our membership of the EU will undoubtedly intensify over the coming months but we would urge Members of Parliament to recognise that the challenges for Energy Intensive Industries in the 21st century will be enormous and that we genuinely believe that we are in a better position to face them from within a reformed EU.”

The MPs Briefing can be downloaded in full from the CPI website here.