To support the FLEGT VPA negotiations between Lao PDR and the EU, Technical Working Groups (TWGs) have been set up based on Decision No. 1915/MAF.
The TWG provide recommendations on VPA negotiation elements (legality definition, legality assurance system, domestic market). In some cases the TWG gave comments and held discussions on the Timber Legality Definition, in particular conversion areas, timber processing and timber trade. Furthermore, the scope of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) was discussed to further improve it. The TWG also discuss and prepare upcoming steps for so-called Joint Expert Meetings.