The European ministers responsible for forests made a historical decision to launch negotiations for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests. They also adopted a new vision, goals and European 2020 targets for forests. These decisions were taken at the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference convened on 14-16 June in Oslo, Norway.
The conference was attended by the ministers and high-level representatives from 42 FOREST EUROPE countries and the European Union. 6 observer countries from outside Europe and 29 international organisations including environmental and social NGOs, forest owners' associations, the forest industry and intergovernmental organisations participated as observers.
The European Union was represented by Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, José Manuel Silva Rodríguez, who delivered a keynote address on behalf of EU Farm Commissioner Cioloş and signed the ministerial decisions.