LONDON—The European Parliament's decision to include natural rubber in the European Union's proposed deforestation law has generated mixed reactions.
In a Sept. 13 vote, the Parliament approved measures to increase the scope of the initial proposal by the European Commission to include natural rubber in the list of restricted import commodities.
The regulatory proposal had originally covered six commodities: coffee, cocoa, palm oil, soya, beef and wood.
In response to the decision, the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) said the proposed regulation was "too broad and far-reaching without having the appropriate tools."
"ETRMA has always expressed the need for a more effective approach to traceability and hopes that the co-legislators will better tailor the requirements to each commodity," said the association in a Sept. 21 statement to European Rubber Journal.
This, stressed ETRMA secretary general Fazilet Cinaralp, will ensure that the regulation will be effective, feasible and implementable.