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The EESC is preparing an opinion for the European authorities, which will assess the possible contribution of the European woodwork industry to increase economic well-being and reduce the environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions. It will concern particularly the implementation of the recent EU legislation on accounting rules on emissions and removals of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from activities related to forestry. The EESC will adopt recommendations on how Member States can increase carbon storage by increasing the pool of harvested wood products. In order to exchange views on this topic with representatives of local civil society, the Committee will hold a hearing in Mestre, to which anyone interested can participate, subject to prior registration online. 


The European packaging sector comprises five main sub-sectors. "Paper and board" (including paper bags and cartons) is the largest consumer packaging category with a~34% share of the total packaging market. "Rigid plastics" (tubs, pots and jars etc.) is the second-largest packaging category with a ~27% share and is one of the faster‑growing categories, forecast to grow above real GDP (~4% per year) until 2015.

Industrial changes in the European packaging sector


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Plenary session: 
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Jul 09, 2014 Jul 10, 2014



The EESC welcomes the new EU Forest Strategy. Against the backdrop of growing demands on and threats to forests, as well as many EU sectoral policies and associated rules affecting forestry and forests, the new strategy is sorely needed. The EESC therefore urges both the Commission and the Member States to ensure that the strategy is effectively and efficiently implemented.


09/12/2013 13/12/2013

To spread the idea that forests are essential for the survival of the man and the world, the European Commission invited children aged of 6 to 10 years to express their feelings, their vision on forests in a drawing. The contest "What is the forest for me?" was a great success and hundreds of works were received. The exhibition will present a selection that confirms that forest are a great source of artistic inspiration…

Joint Policy Workshop - Implications of recent trade legislation within the UNECE region for the global forest-based sector

A joint policy workshop to better understand recent trade legislation in the UNECE region, in particular the Lacey Act Amendment (2008) and the EU’s Timber Regulation, their implications for and likely impacts on the global forest-based sector.