EFI Policy Advice Office to be established in Barcelona

EFI will establish a Policy Advice office in Barcelona this summer. The office will host the EFI Policy Advice activities in the future. It will include also FLEGT-REDD activities, funded by the European Commission, which are a growing component of the institute. Some FLEGT-REDD Unit staff members will continue working from Joensuu and Brussels.

Spain has offered in this context free office space in a historical building of Saint Pau – a campus which will be dedicated into the use of international organisations. A Host Country Agreement will be made between EFI and Spain, which will allow for tax-free status for foreign EFI staff members in Spain.

“This development shows the high interest of our Member Countries to support EFI activities, and the decision made now strengthens our policy advice activities in the forest related issues,” rejoiced Director Risto Päivinen. “We have had a well functioning and efficient Regional Office in Spain since 2007, and therefore it is a pleasure to have the new Policy Advice office located under the same roof with the EFIMED Regional Office.”

"The establishment of the Policy Advice Office allows for more efficient operations within the FLEGT-REDD Unit. It assures new recruitments and strengthening of FLEGT-REDD unit, which is needed in order to deliver expert services and respond increasing expectations by donors." states Jussi Viitanen, Acting Head of FLEGT-REDD Unit of EFI. The activities will gradually move to Barcelona as from July after the Host Country Agreement with Spain has been made.

On 4 April Director Risto Päivinen met the President of the Government of Catalonia, the Minister of Science and Innovation of Spain and the Mayor of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain to discuss the establishment of the office.

More information about the Policy Advice Office will be provided to EFI member organisations within the next two weeks.

More information: Director Risto Päivinen, firstname.lastname(at)efi.int
More information on Mediterranean Regional office - EFIMED click here.

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