• Deforestation-free supply chains
  • Supply Chain Act
  • INA lunchbreak
10. February 2023

In this INA Lunchbreak we introduce the upcoming "EU Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products".

The EU is currently initiating an EU regulation on deforestation-free products, which will apply to soy, palm oil, beef and leather, cocoa, coffee, natural rubber and wood and certain products made from them. In future, these products may only be offered on the EU market if they are produced without deforestation and forest degradation and in accordance with relevant legislation in the countries of production. In future, companies will have to fulfil due diligence obligations. In addition, the European Commission will classify the deforestation risk of production countries within the framework of a benchmarking.

In the beginning of December, the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached a preliminary agreement in the trilogue on the EU Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products, which has since been confirmed by the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Member States and the Environment Committee of the Parliament. Subject to final adoption in the Council and Parliament in spring 2023, the regulation will enter into force in mid-2023 and apply to larger companies from the end of 2024 or beginning of 2025.

The text of the ordinance is still subject to legal linguistic reviews, but the requirements are fixed. Therefore, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) are pleased to present the regulation together with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and to answer relevant questions.


By exception, the one-hour online meeting will only take place on the second Friday of the month.

The date is Friday, 10.02.2023 from 12.00 - 13.00pm CET. 

This way, it will accompany the meeting of the National Stakeholder Forum on Deforestation-Free Supply Chains, which takes place on 6 February from 10:00 - 13:00 at the invitation of the BMEL. The National Stakeholder Forum on Deforestation-Free Supply Chains will place the regulation in its political context and clarify next steps of the BMEL and the European Commission on the path to implementation. The INA lunch break will inform about the exact requirements of the regulation.


12.00pm Opening and Updates 
Lisa Kirfel-Rühle, Division 122/BMZ 

12.10pm Overview of the political run-up and next steps at EU level and in Germany
Thomas Baldauf, Division 511/BMEL

12.15pm Classification by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
Daniel Oberhauser, Division N III 3/BMUV

12.18pm Presentation of the EU regulation on deforestation-free products
Franziska Rau, INA

12.35pm Q&A and Debate

12.55pm Outlook and Conclusion 
Moritz Heldmann, Program Director INA


Host: Christian Thorun, ConPolicy 


The event is aimed at interested stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and politics.