From practise to policy

EU has no legal competence in forestry policy and hence there is no common EU forest policy. Given the fact that forest ecosystems, their management and the forest-based industry varies so significantly across Europe, forest policy is a Member State competence. 

However, a broad and increasing number of sectorial policies directly affect the European forest owners, for example environment, climate, energy, agriculture and trade. These sectorial EU policies are often inconsistent or even contradicting and can impact the sustainability and competitiveness of the forest sector.

The 2013 EU Forest Strategy provides a holistic framework to all elements of forests and sustainable forest management, including socio-economic and environmental aspects. It intends to balance the increasing sector specific requests and targets on European forests, as well as to better enforce the different policies. However, the EU Forest Strategy is only effective if properly implemented and recognised as a key reference by all actors. 

CEPF aims to foster reliable and fair political framework conditions and strengthen the position of European forest owners in all forest sector relevant policy processes. Serving as a bridge, CEPF enables private forest owners from local and national levels to voice their concerns and feed their knowledge into international debates.

This section provides you with information on all of the key policy topics CEPF is currently following. Click on the menu to the left or in the list below for the latest information for each topic.

The main policy areas and processes CEPF is currently following, are: