Swedish Forest Industries

Forestry Focus: EU Commission President Visited Sweden


On Monday, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Minister of Business, Industry and Innovation Ebba Busch, met European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and visited a forest outside Knivsta, north of Stockholm. They discussed the Swedish forestry industry with landowners and chair of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, Lotta Lyrå.

Photo: the Swedish Forest Industries Federation

"Swedish forestry and the forest industry already provide significant climate benefits. The fact that the President of the European Commission is interested in and visits Swedish forests underscores the unique future potential of the industry. By using forests as a sustainable resource and benefiting from renewable wood raw material, the EU can both phase out fossil fuels and strengthen its competitiveness," says Lotta Lyrå, chair of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation. 

During the visit, von der Leyen, Kristersson and Busch were given a tour of the forest by the local landowner. The tour focused on climate, increased growth, and environmental considerations in forestry. This is von der Leyen’s second visit to Sweden in the past six months with a forest focus. In January, she visited Stora Enso's Innovation Centre in Nacka, outside Stockholm. 

"The solutions to many of the EU's future challenges are literally growing in forests. A long-term approach and a stable regulatory environment are key to harnessing all the benefits forests have to offer. Actively managed forests and more renewable forest products are vital to a growing European bioeconomy," says Lyrå. 

Following elections for the European Parliament later this month, the bloc’s overarching political programme for the next five years will be developed. The Swedish Forest Industries Federation wants to have an active and positive role in developing EU policy for the coming mandate period and has therefore drafted a proposal - A Greener, Stronger European Union - which highlights several key themes: climate neutrality, circularity, sustainably managed forests, and a resilient and competitive EU. 




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