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EU Forest-based Industries: the track to 2050Monday 18 November 2019


Registration and welcome coffee


Session I: The state of the EU forest-based sector in the wider world – Chaired by Mr Peter Handley, DG GROW, EC

Keynote address - The EU’s future forests & wood-supplies:
Prof. Gert-Jan NABUURS, Wageningen University, NL
Mr Simo Jaakkola, Chairman of the CEETTAR Standing Committee on Forestry
Clarifications and Q&A

F-BI success stories pave the way for further sectoral changes:
Sawmilling - innovating for resource-efficiency and customer focus
Furniture 4.0: digital tech & skills
Bio-based products old & new

Lessons from another biotic sector:
Rubber - more than tyres - Ms Fazilet CINARALP, ETRMA

Open discussion Session conclusions: DG GROW


Coffee break


Session II: How the EU F-BI will meet the challenges and reach the goals of 2050 – Chaired by Ms Malwina Nowakowska-Ketterle, DG GROW, EC

Presentation of the F-BI sectoral strategic initiative towards 2050
Other F-BI « Core Group » members (tbc)

Panel Discussion
Industries big & small - Ms Patrizia GREGORI, SNCF
Trades unions - Mr Rolf Gehring, EFBWW
CE waste management – Mr Jan Van Mierlo, Suez

End note: How a bottom-up, regional bio-economy strategy can help provide sustainable growth and jobs - Mr Risto Poutiainen, Regional Mayor of North Karelia, Finland

Closing remarks by DG GROW