CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) – EU implementation

European Union
European Commission, DG Environment
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Regulation of trade (including movement into and from the EU) of objects containing parts of protected species listed under the Convention
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
At the last Conference of the Parties to the CITES Convention (August 2019) the EU and other Parties agreed on the exclusion of finished musical instruments (as well as finished musical instrument parts and finished musical instrument accessories) from the scope of the CITES listing of rosewood timber. This excludes owners of such items from fulfilling certain administrative obligations that are otherwise required for international transfer of items containing such timber.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
The CITES Secretariat launched Notification 2020/033 in April 2020 requesting CITES Parties to submit information about potential problems with the implementation of the exemptions for rosewood species as explained above. The EU has not noted any problems with this implementation. Due to Covid-19, no discussion has taken place yet at the international level on this issue.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)