Elisabeth KOSTINGER

Elisabeth Köstinger

Austria
EPP, AGRI/ENVI Committees

Priorities:

  • Follow up of the EU Forest Strategy
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and promotion of multifunctional and sustainable forest management
  • Supporting forest management plans, and related biodiversity considerations, to ensure Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)
  • Safeguard economically viable, socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable forests in Europe
  • Maintain and enhance vital and healthy forest ecosystems that provide services to society and the environment
  • Achieve a balance between the multiple interests and uses of forests and agro-forestry systems
  • Raise awareness on the importance of forests and the forest-based sector in rural areas regarding their economic welfare and creation of jobs
  • Promote the competiveness of the forest and forest based sector, and its key role towards EU bioeconomy and rural development
  • Raise awareness on Targets 2 and 3 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the challenge on restoring degraded forest land by 2020 (Bonn Challenge)
  • Address developments of EU woody biomass demands and supply, particularly in the context of renewable energy, new innovative bio-based products and wood based industries
  • Address the implementation of FLEGT, EUTR, national procurement policies and forest certification
  • Promote measures against forest ownership fragmentation

 

“What is the main goal you would like to achieve as Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development?”

As Chair of the “Sustainable Forest Management” working group, I would like to provide an open platform to discuss the benefits and challenges of the forest-based sector and monitor the implementing progress of the commission on a regular basis.

“If you had to choose one specific issue that you think needs to be primarily tackled during this parliamentary term, what would it be? And why?”

I see a strong need to contribute actively to the new EU Forest-Strategy which will be implemented during the next few years. As standing Rapporteur of the European Parliament on the Forest-Strategy I believe that the forests and the forest-based sector need a strong unique voice in Europe and within the political debate.