Civil Society meeting wit the Timber Validation Council (TVC)
The VPA, proposed in the EU-FLEGT action plan are voluntary, bilateral agreements between producing countries (FLEGT Partner Countries) and the EU. The agreement sets out the commitments and actions of both parties to tackle illegal logging. In 2003, the Minister for Lands, Forestry and Mines formed a VPA Steering Committee to provide strategic leadership for the VPA process as well as advice the Government of Ghana on the approach to the negotiations. The VPA steering committee is a multi-stakholder body called M-SIC with representation drawn from the government sector, Timber Industry and Civil Society.