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Holzindustrie Schweighofer in Romania: Already nine EUTR inspections with positive results for the company

  • Effectiveness of Holzindustrie Schweighofer’s security architecture confirmed yet again
  • EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) lays down the framework for countering the trade in unlawfully harvested timber
  • Dialogue with the public and environmental NGOs integral part of the “Schweighofer Action Plan for a Sustainable Timber Industry in Romania”

At the end of March 2018, Holzindustrie Schweighofer’s saw mill in Sebes/Romania was again inspected in accordance with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). In the course of these checks, the authorities verify whether companies are doing everything possible to prevent the sale of unlawfully harvested timber. The aim is to ensure that only legally harvested timber is placed on the European Single Market. The result of this 9th inspection of the Schweighofer plants in Romania was – like all others before – positive for the company and without any objections.

It is the explicit goal of Holzindustrie Schweighofer to support the authorities in their fight against illegal logging. The company therefore considers the positive result of the latest EUTR inspection as further proof of the effectiveness of its "Action Plan for a Sustainable Timber Industry in Romania". This action plan was implemented in January 2017 and by far surpasses all Romanian laws and regulations.

The previous EUTR inspections took place in the following mills: Radauti (March and August 2015, March 2017), Sebes (March 2016, March 2017 and March 2018), Comanesti (November and December 2016), Reci (November 2016).

Michael Proschek-Hauptmann, responsible for Compliance and Sustainability at Holzindustrie Schweighofer: “As a responsible company, we place great importance on maintaining a mutual dialogue with the public as well as with environmental protection organisations. Indeed, this dialogue is an integral part of our action plan in Romania. Our security system, which has now again been acknowledged by the current EUTR inspection, has also been improved thanks to the input of these groups".

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