The EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) sets out measures that aim to combat the problem of illegal logging and the associated trade. The Action Plan proposes the development of a FLEGT licensing scheme to ensure that only legally harvested timber is imported from VPA-countries (Voluntary Partnership Agreement).

Timber products exported from FLEGT partner countries to the Community are covered by a FLEGT licence issued by the licensing authority of that country. The FLEGT licence shall demonstrate the legality of timber products covered, as set out in the corresponding FLEGT VPA.

(Picture: Dr. Michael Kleine)


Specified wooden consignments listed in the annex of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1387 have to be accompanied by a FLEGT licence when imported into the EU. Concerned consignments can only be cleared by customs if the FLEGT licence is checked and approved by BFW.

On this occasion an informative event took place on 7 November 2016 at the BFW.

Further information on the FLEGT VPA with Indonesia:
-    Website on Frequently Asked Questions on FLEGT licences: http://www.euflegt.efi.int/web/flegt-licence/faq
-    Website of the Indonesian Timber Legality Information System: http://silk.dephut.go.id/
-    Press release of the Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/pdf/18_08_2016_news_en.pdf

FLEGT website of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/flegt.htm

Website of the EU FLEGT Facility: http://www.euflegt.efi.int/vpa-countries

Interactive map of FLEGT projects: http://www.euflegt.efi.int/map-flegt-projects

EU Legislation
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1024/2008
of 17 October 2008 laying down detailed measures for the implementation of the Council Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 on the establishment of a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community 
Council Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005
of 20 December 2005 on the establishment of a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/138
of 9 June 2016 amending Annexes I and III to Council Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 following a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with Indonesia for a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Union

Austrian Legislation

Holzhandelsüberwachungsgesetz - HolzHÜGBGBl. I Nr. 178/2013 got in force on 7 August 2013
Valid for FLEGT and EUTR


•    Check FLEGT licences and goods (optionally)
•    Issue notifications to release consignments for free circulation
•    Take official measures in case no valid FLEGT licence is submitted within one month

Contact persons for FLEGT

Contact us by e-mail: flegt(at)bfw.gv.at

Dipl.-Ing. Jasmin Putz

Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Wien
Tel.: 01/87838-1132

Dipl.-Ing. Dietmar Jäger
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 87838 1229

Mag. Stefanie Wieser
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 87838 1262

Dipl.-Ing. Hannes Krehan
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 87838 1128

Beatrix Becker
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, 1131 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 87838 2214

Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)
Austria, 1131 Vienna, Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8 | Tel.: +43 1 878 38-0

Autor: Putz J.

Quelle/URL: https://bfw.ac.at/rz/bfwcms.web?dok=10020