EFI at the Finnish-Russian Forest Summit

The Summit focused on forest industry investments and innovations, use of forest resources and bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and research. EFI was represented at the Summit by Director Risto Päivinen. EFI and the need for the establishment of an EFI regional office in Russia was mentioned officially by Prime Minister Vanhanen, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry of Finland Sirkka-Liisa Anttila, as well as by Governor of St. Petersburg Ms. Valentina Matvienko. In addition, the ministry responsible for forests in Russia is in favour of the idea. Such an establishment of an RO falls within a sphere of many ministries, and negotiations on the issue continue.

About 140 delegates representing the forest sector in Finland and 170 from Russia attended to the Summit.

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