Forests and the bioeconomy: future steps

Forests and the bioeconomy: future steps

13 November 2014

9.00-11.00 (sandwich lunch 11.00-12:00)
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (Jòzsef Antall Building, Room 6Q1)

  • Experiences from the forest and bioeconomy strategies
  • What does science say about the future of the forest-based sector?
  • Outlook for the European forest-based sector in the bioeconomy
  • What policy measures do we need to take?

Opening by Göran Persson, President of ThinkForest
Keynote by Sylvi Listhaug, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Norway

News item: Great opportunities for the forest sector
Photographs from the event
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The European forest-based sector is undergoing more significant structural changes than for decades, and the next 20 years are likely to change the sector even more. Many of these changes originate outside the sector itself: the need to move societies towards a more resource-efficient bioeconomy, the new economic role of Europe in a globalised world, and the impact of new technologies.

Against this background, ThinkForest discussed 'Forests and the bioeconomy: Future steps'. 

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Chair: Mr Göran Persson, ThinkForest President

The potential contribution of European forests to the bioeconomy


The role of the Norwegian forest sector in the bioeconomy
Ms. Sylvi Listhaug, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Norway


The EU Forest strategy: future steps ( presentation )
Mr. Mihail Dumitru, European Commission, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development


Future of the European forest-based sector ( presentation )
Mr. Lauri Hetemäki, EFI


Questions and answers


Views from the European Parliament

Mr. Francesc Gambús, MEP

Ms. Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP

Mr. Nils Torvalds, MEP



Concluding remarks
Mr Göran Persson, ThinkForest President


Coffee, sandwich lunch

More information

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Ulla Vänttinen, European Forest Institute (ulla.vanttinen @

Further information is also available from:

Marc Palahí
Director, European Forest Institute
marc.palahi @

Photos by Simon Pugh