European forest and forest-based sectors commit to strengthen cooperation

Oct 12, 2012


By signing a Memorandum of Understanding this week, the executive directors of four European associations – namely the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) – formally committed themselves to strengthen their communication and cooperation in the future.

The four organisations, representing the core of the European forest sector, have a long history of regular communication and frequent cooperation. Forestry plays a prominent role in the work of each association. The associations represent major stakeholders of the European forest resource-holding side (the forest owners) and the processing side (the forest-based industry) –embodying the key players of the entire European forest and timber value chain. All four organisations are also shareholders of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP).


The purpose of this memorandum is to formally agree:

– to regularly meet, communicate and exchange information about forest and forest-based sectors relevant topics and policy developments at EU and pan-European level and the activities of each organisation.

– to observe risks and opportunities of non-forest and forest policies for the forest and forest-based sector at EU and pan-European level.

– to explore options of cooperation and common activities, in particular to strengthen and promote forest and forest-based sector positions within EU and pan-European policy processes and other related initiatives.


The common principles of the forest sector core group are:

– to promote the principles of Sustainable Forest Management, and facilitate its implementation at all levels.

– to promote the use of wood and resource efficiency.

– to promote the relevance of the forest and forest-based sector in rural development and a global green economy.





For further details about this cooperation and pictures or interview requests, please contact the Secretariats of each of the organisations below.

Contact Details

CEPF – Confederation of European Forest Owners

European Forestry House

66, Rue du Luxembourg

B-1000 Brussels

Tel. +32 2 2392300

CEI-Bois – European Confederation of Woodworking Industries

Rue Montoyer 24

BE-1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 556 25 85



CEPI – Confederation of European Paper Industries AISBL

250 Avenue Louise, box 80

B-1050 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 627 4911


Eustafor – European State Forest Association AISBL

European Forestry House

Rue du Luxembourg 66

1000 Brussels

Phone: +32 2 239 23 00

FTP – Forest-based Sector Technology Platform: