Finland forms group with three other countries to defend forest industry in EU

The Helsinki Times
October 19, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International


A QUARTET of EU countries with large forest reserves have established a collaborative group to defend the interests of their national forest industries in the 27-country bloc, reports Helsingin Sanomat. “A coming-out took place today. …Forested EU countries have set up a collaboration group that we call by the name of For Forest,” announced Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Antti Kurvinen. The group, he said, consists of Austria, Finland, Slovenia and Sweden. Helsingin Sanomat wrote that the quartet is ultimately seeking to make sure more emphasis is placed on forests and forest industry activities in the EU. The European Commission’s upcoming proposal on collecting data and monitoring the state of forests will offer the countries the first opportunity to wield their clout. The Finnish government is of the view that the commission has failed to sufficiently include member states in the preparatory work.

Additional coverage in by Per Jonsson: Four EU countries team up to defend the forestry business

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