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Parliamentary questions
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7 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Peter Lundgren
 Subject: The forest industry

The European sawmill industry is based mostly on softwood species. As a result of climate change, the share of hardwood species will increase in the coming decades. There might be a mismatch, however, between what the forest can supply and consumer taste, which is more and more oriented towards softwood.

A result of bark beetle attacks, a lot more timber than expected has been processed across Europe in the last couple of years. This means that the market is currently saturated by timber, but in a few years’ time there might be shortages. The European Forest Institute predicts that, in Central Europe, the average annual bark beetle damage projected for 2021-2030 is almost six times higher than what was observed between 1971 and 2010.

What view does the Commission take on finding ways to create demand for currently underused hardwood species, which will be more and more abundant in the future?

What view does it take on an EU study that would assess the quantity of damaged wood and overall wood availability, possibly including a breakdown by species?

Original language of question: SV
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