October 22, 2020

European Commission adopted its 2021 work programme

The Commission has adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age. It contains new legislative initiatives across all six headline ambitions of President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines and follows her first State of the […]

October 13, 2020

The forest-based sector kicks off stakeholder consultation on R&I priorities

In light of its 10 Vision Targets for 2040 and the Strategic research and innovation agenda 2030 of the forest-based sector (SIRA 2030), FTP is actively working on prioritising the research and innovation (R&I) topics of the sector. This prioritisation process aims to create opportunities for high-impact R&I projects; collect innovative ideas and research questions; […]

The contribution of the EU Forest-based industries to the 2050 climate neutrality objective

In 2019, the European Forest-based Industries (FBI) jointly presented their vision of the European society in 2050, a vision of sustainable choices for a climate-friendly future, and the essential role that they can play in achieving the EU’s climate neutrality objective by 2050. A new study, “Climate effects of the forest-based sector in the European […]

October 9, 2020

European Parliament gave a greenlight to an ambitious and self-standing post-2020 European Forest Strategy

In a recent plenary session, the European Parliament has adopted the COM AGRI Report prepared by MEP Petri Sarvamaa on the new “European Forest Strategy – the way forward”. The EU should promote forest management models that seek to ensure forests are environmentally, societally and economically sustainable, MEPs said on Thursday. According to the MEPs, […]

September 28, 2020

Joint statement: The New EU Forest Strategy: 3 reasons to endorse the committee report

Ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on the report “The European Forest Strategy – The way forward” planned for next week, the EU forest and forest-based sector would like to share three reasons why the report voted in the AGRI committee should be supported. In our opinion, the report provides the upcoming EU Forest Strategy […]

September 22, 2020

EU Green Deal Call is open – €1 billion investment to boost the green and digital transition

The European Commission has launched a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. The deadline for submissions is 26 January 2021, with selected projects expected to start in autumn 2021. The projects funded under this call are expected to deliver […]

July 28, 2020

EU leaders agreed on major cuts to the budget of Horizon Europe

The budget of €80.9 billion for the Horizon Europe has been agreed by the EU leaders at a special European Council summit, taking place on 17-21 July 2021 in Brussels, to debate the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 and a post-pandemic recovery plan. This marked a significant cutback in the budget for the R&D programme […]

July 15, 2020

European Commission introducing Energy System Integration as the pathway towards deep decarbonisation of the European economy

The European Commission (EC) has published the EU Strategy for Energy System Integration which provides the framework for the green energy transition across multiple energy carriers, infrastructures, and consumption sectors. Creating smarter and more integrated energy systems will require more innovative initiatives and research-based actions, significant infrastructure investments, as well as a strong cross-sector collaboration […]