|Plans to crack down on the illegal timber trade are to be discussed by EU ministers.
It is expected that any scheme will see exporters obtaining licences to show their wood does not come from endangered rain forests, reports Reuters.
Although representatives of the forestry industries in countries such as Austria, Slovenia, Latvia and Romania expressed concerns that this would push up costs for those with timber investments in such nations, it appears this is something which is being taken into account.
Speaking to the news provider, Dutch agriculture minister Gerda Verburg said: "It's also a question of stopping suppliers from supplying illegal timber, but the burden must not be so great that we discourage people from making the effort [to comply]."
According to the European Commission, illegal logging costs the governments of timber-producing countries around 15 billion (£12 billion) a year.
Recently, the Guardian reported that the World Wide Fund for Nature is looking to highlight the possibilities for sustainable tourism offered by Romania's forests.
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