Info session on the EU Proposal for deforestation legislation

09 December 2021

THURSDAY 9 DECEMBER 2021 (10:00-11:15 CET)

10:00-10:05 Welcome and Introductory remarks by the moderator

10:05-10:25 Presentation of the EU proposal for the deforestation legislation

10:25-11:05 Ms. Astrid Ladefoged, Head of Unit, DG ENV, Sustainable Development Goals, Green Finances & Economic Analysis – Questions and Answers session

11:05-11:15 Wrap-up and Conclusions by the moderator

Moderator: Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Former Assistant Secretary-General at the Africa, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States (now OACPS)

Background and objectives of the Info session
This info session aims at informing the participants of the EU proposal to prevent deforestation and forest degradation associated with commodities and products placed on the EU market and answer possible questions.
Participants can consult the legislative proposal on the following link:

Background information: Cocoa Talks
On 22 September 2020, the European Commission launched with EU stakeholders an inclusive dialogue on sustainable cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The dialogue brings together key EU stakeholders, including representatives of Member States, the European Parliament, industry and civil society organisations. The Ambassadors of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to the EU took part in the launch event with a supporting message from authorities of the respective countries. The objective of the multi-stakeholder dialogue is to foster progress in the elimination of child labour and child trafficking in cocoa supply chains, enhancing the protection and restorations of forests in cocoa-producing regions, and ensuring a living income for cocoa farmers.