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Az uniós erdőgazdálkodási stratégia végrehajtása

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Opinion Number: CDR 973/2019
Rapporteur: MARTIKAINEN Ossi
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 10/04/2019
 
 Call for A new updated EU Forest Strategy for the period after 2020 with a stronger guiding role.
 Adequate financing through the CAP, especially rural development funding to strengthen forestry in the regions and boost sustainable use. Funding options to be publicised so as to be used fully and appropriately.
 Local and regional authorities to be closely involved in the design and implementation of forest sector measures led and funded by the EU to strengthen the sustainable use of forests for the benefit of the rural population and economy.
 Fostering of national and regional cooperation in the EU to facilitate the exchange of skills and bolster competiveness of the regions is crucial.
The CoR adopted two opinions on the EU Forest strategy in the last 3 years: Mid-term review of the EU Forest Strategy and the Implementation of the EU Forest Strategy (rapporteur for both: Ossi Martikainen, FI/Renew Europe). The rapporteur has been very successful in building alliances in the European Parliament and with relevant stakeholders, organising a series of meetings with MEPs, stakeholders, such as CEPF, EUSTAFOR, EFI and co-operating with EU Presidency. The rapporteur spoke at numerous events, pleading for a better role of local and regional authorities.

European Commission refers to the Committee of the Regions' opinion in the introduction to the Mid-term review published in December 2018.

The Council conclusions from 15 April 2019 call for further improving coordination, communication and the sharing of best practices, in line with recommendations expressed by the CoR.

The rapporteur raised the profile of the CoR in the sector, presenting the CoR position at numerous events and high-level meetings.

Among events organised by the NAT commission, a high-level conference on Regional Forest innovation on 13 November encountered a lot of success with speakers calling for better communication and enhanced regional cooperation in the field.

On 21 January 2020, the rapporteur spoke at the conference in the European Parliament, hosted by Petri Sarvamaa, MEP and in the European Parliament and co-organised by CEPF, Copa Cogeca, ELO and EUSTAFOR. Highlighting the need for reinforced guiding role of the EU Forest strategy and an EU-level coordination on all forestry-related matters, the rapporteur pleaded for including local and regional authorities in the drafting and the implementation of the new strategy and more broadly, in the Green Deal.

The role of Forestry is gaining momentum, importantly contributing to the objectives of the Green Deal. The CoR will continue to advocate for the inclusion of local and regional authorities in the policymaking. It will also have a close look at a new EU Forest Strategy, expected for the end of 2020.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



 calls for a new updated EU Forest Strategy for the period after 2020 with a stronger guiding role.

 Local and regional authorities must be closely involved in the design and implementation of forest sector measures led and funded by the EU. Forest owners and those responsible for forest management and administration, including municipalities and regional governments, have a key part to play in strengthening the sustainable use of forests and their unequivocal commitment to the rural population and economy.

 The forest sector needs adequate financing through the CAP, especially rural development funding, as these funds have been used by many regional and local actors to strengthen forestry in their regions and boost sustainable use. Funding options for the forestry sector should also be publicised at every level of government so that they can be used fully and appropriately.

 Forests have a key role to play in the development of Europe’s bioeconomy and biodiversity and that of its regions and in the transition to a low-carbon, green economy. Local and regional governments could contribute to, among other things, regional sustainable development plans, bioeconomy strategies, education, ecologically sustainable construction, carbon sequestration in long-life wood products, renewable energy deployment and the promotion of SME entrepreneurship in the forest sector.



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Joint event on "Seeing the forest for the trees - the multifunctional role of EU forests"

The rapporteur presented the CoR views on the next steps needed in the sector at the conference Seeing the forest for the trees, hosted by Petri Sarvamaa, MEP and co-organised by CEPF, COPA CPGECA, ELO and EUSTAFOR.

Other speakers in his panel included Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director-General European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and Robert Režonja, Director-General, Forestry and Hunting Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Slovenia.

 
21 Jan
 

Conference on Regional Forest Innovation

Forest-based businesses contribute as much as 7% to economic growth. The sector employs over 3.5 million people across the European Union. It is the EU's third largest employer, just after the metal and food industries.

In rural areas, in particular, forests are a key resource for improving quality of life and job creation and thereby keeping our rural communities alive and thriving. Regional cooperation in the EU is essential to facilitate the exchange of skills and bolster competitiveness of our regions.

The first part of the conference looked into challenges and issues linked to Innovation in the Forest sector as well as tools available at the EU level, while the second part focused on showcasing some regional best practice examples.

The NAT Chair and rapporteur on EU Forest Strategy, Ossi Martikainen (FI/Renew)opened the conference, alongside Ville Niinistö, MEP (Greens/EFA); Marja Hilska-Aaltonen, from the Finnish Presidency and
Ilga Anita Berzkalna, from Latvian State Forests, (EUSTAFOR).

 
13 Nov
 

EESC Public Hearing on EU Forest Strategy: fit for purpose?

On 20 May, the NAT Section held a debate on the EU Forest Strategy and the way forward with representatives from the EU institutions and civil society stakeholders, with a view of providing input to the preparation of the EESC opinion on this topic. Mr Ossi Martikainen, Committee of the Regions' rapporteur on the Mid-term review of the EU Forest Strategy and Implementation of the EU Forest Strategy presented his opinions.

 
20 May
 

NAT Seminar on the Implementation of the EU forest strategy for a sustainable way of living in our cities and regions

Following an invitation of Mr László Majthényi (President of General Assembly of Vas County, EPP/HU), the NAT commission organised a seminar on the Implementation of the EU forest strategy in Szombathely, Hungary on 13 and 14 May 2019.

The seminar looked into the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy to point towards a number of issues that are crucial for local and regional authorities, analysing concrete cases such as those in France or in the Vas County. The seminar also focused on challenges generated by climate change, investigating how they can be handled at local and regional level, looking for solutions for farmers and decision-makers to compensate for the impact of climate change in order to secure the future of native forests in the regions.

 
13 May
 

International Conference on Forestry

 
25 Apr
 

Council conclusions: Review of the EU Forest Strategy

The Council adopted a set of conclusions on the progress achieved in the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy and on a new strategic framework for forests. The conclusions follow the publication of a Commission report in December 2018, which reviewed the role played by the strategy in its first five years of life.

In its conclusions, the Council welcomes the progress made in the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy, which has contributed to the promotion of sustainable development through sustainable forest management, and improved the cooperation between member states, the Commission and other relevant stakeholders on EU forest-related policies.

The conclusions then set out the priorities to be followed in the next two years in order to achieve the objectives of the strategy, such as further improving coordination, communication and the sharing of best practices.

Finally the Council called on the Commission to present an ambitious communication on stepping up the EU action against deforestation and to develop a new EU forest strategy beyond 2020.

 
15 Apr
 

EUSTAFOR / UEF /FECOF Round Table meeting

The rapporteur participated as a speaker at the EUSTAFOR/UEF/FECOF round table meeting addressing the role of EU Forest Strategy in ensuring the coherence of forest-related EU policies.

 
04 Feb