In accordance with the Lisbon Treaty, the forest policy is one of the few political areas that remain under the Member States’ responsibility, according to the principle of subsidiarity.
However, numerous policy areas inevitably deal with forest and forest management issues. They have thus indirect effects on the ground activities of forest stakeholders and local authorities’ responsibilities.
The FECOF monitors initiatives related to forest and forest sector, acting in front of the European institutions which are part of the decision-making process:
- The European Commission and especially its General Directions for Agriculture, Environment, Climate and Energy;
- The Standing Forestry Committee composed of Member States representatives in charge of forest policies, who advise the Commission.
- The Parliament and its Committee, inter-groups working in fields concerning forests and forest sector (agricultural and rural development, environment, climate change and energy, transport, trade …)
- The Committee of the Region.