On Monday 4 October, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report taking stock of the EU’s 2014-2020 forestry strategy and of key EU policies in the field.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
In the EU, although the area of land covered is almost equal to that used for agriculture, funding for forested areas from the EU budget is much lower than for agriculture – representing less than 1 % of the CAP budget – and is focused on support for conservation measures and support for planting and restoring woodland. 90 % of EU forestry financing is channelled through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
The European Commission unveiled its new EU Forest Strategy in July 2021.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The auditors examined the relevant EU legislation impacting forests, analysed expenditure data on biodiversity and climate change in forests co-financed by the EAFRD, and reviewed some local rural development forestry measures in Germany (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Sachsen-Anhalt), Spain (Castilla la Mancha and Asturias) and Poland. They will explain that, in the areas where the EU is fully competent to act, the Commission could have taken stronger action to contribute to the protection of EU forests.
ECA press office will hold a virtual briefing on Monday 4 October. Journalists who wish to participate should contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website
eca.europa.eu at 5.00 p.m. CET on Monday 4 October.
The ECA member responsible for this report is Samo Jereb.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.