Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vetoed the bill adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament, which provides increased liability for illegal timber export. According to the website of the Ukrainian Parliament, the relevant bill was returned with offers of the President on July 23, 2018.
Ukrainska Pravda reports with the reference to the press office of the President, that Poroshenko endorses the increase of liability for illegal timber export but against the lobbying schemes, which violate the conditions of the free trade area with Europe.
‘The President of Ukraine totally endorses the increase of criminal liability for illegal timber export. Although, he is against lobbying schemes, which came into the law between the first and the second reading. In particular, the norms that contradict the Ukrainian Agreement and EU on the free trade area,’ the Presidential Administration claimed.
It is noted that Poroshenko will sign the law after the Parliament introduces relevant amendments.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law, which provides increased liability for illegal export of logs and timber products from Ukraine. 234 MPs positively voted for the bill.
The bill includes increasing of annual wood production amount from 20m m3 to 25m.
A new article will be introduced in the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The article on illegal export of timber production (unmanufactured), a sawn wood of valuable and rare tree species. Smuggling all these commodities will include responsibility in the form of imprisonment from three to five years. If the person committed the offense for the second time or in big amounts, he will be sentenced to five-ten years of imprisonment. His property will be confiscated and he will be deprived of the right to hold certain posts for up to three years.
In case, an organized group committed the offense in big amounts then they will be sentenced to 10-12 years of imprisonment with confiscation of the property and deprivation of the right to hold certain posts up to three years.