There's an old adage that "rules are made to be broken". Whatever your take on that logic, the idea of "rules are made to be enforced" is less open to debate.
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In September 2012 Chatham House undertook a survey of Competent Authorities (CA) to assess their preparations for implementation of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). This was part of a process of analysis and exchange, aimed at supporting the consistent and robust implementation of the EUTR.
The survey aimed to gather data about the process of preparation within each of these national Authorities and to identify gaps in preparation, specific challenges and/or best practice. This has fed into the preparation of two capacity-building workshops for Competent Authorities, which took place in January and February 2013, organised by Chatham House, Client Earth and Interpol, with the support of the European Commission.
This paper provides a summary of the responses, together with some recommendations made on the basis of these.
Chatham House is assessing the scale and effectiveness of the response to illegal logging and the related trade around the world. Full details of this work, including analysis and data, will be available online soon.