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AGRI Draft Opinion on EU Deforestation Regulation

The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee published its draft opinion on the proposal for a regulation on commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation. In the draft opinion, the rapporteur, Mazaly Aguilar (ECR, ES) proposed removing “soya” from the list of relevant commodities and adding “cane sugar, pigmeat and poultry”. She also proposed removing the requirement that in order for wood to be deforestation-free, it must have “been harvested from the forest without inducing forest degradation after December 31, 2020”. Additionally, she proposes reframing the risk categories from standard, low, and high risk to zero, low, and high risk. For more information, please contact Daniel Reinemann.