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Document 01983D0247-19971209

Consolidated text: Commission Decision of 11 May 1983 setting up a Committee on Community Policy regarding Forestry and Forestry-based Industries (83/247/EEC)


Consolidated TEXT: 31983D0247 — EN — 09.12.1997

1983D0247 — EN — 09.12.1997 — 001.001

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of 11 May 1983

setting up a Committee on Community Policy regarding Forestry and Forestry-based Industries


(OJ L 137, 26.5.1983, p.31)

Amended by:



Official Journal





Commission Decision of 9 December 1997

  L 346





of 11 May 1983

setting up a Committee on Community Policy regarding Forestry and Forestry-based Industries



Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community,

Whereas the constant improvement of living and working conditions and the harmonious development of economic activities within the Member States are objectives of the European Economic Community;

Whereas the economic activities based on the production and industrial processing of wood can contribute towards the attainment of these objectives, having regard to the development potential of these activities and taking into account their present difficulties;

Whereas these difficulties should be examined and resolved not separately but in the light of their interrelationships;

Whereas, to this end, and on the basis of the work already carried out by the Commission departments and in particular the communication to the Council embodying a Community action programme relating to forestry and forest-based industries, close and continuous contacts with the economic sectors concerned can help to achieve these goals;

Whereas the most appropriate way of organizing such contacts is to set up, under the auspices of the Commission, an Advisory Committee on Community Policy regarding Forestry and Forest-based Industries on which these sectors will be represented; whereas, moreover, provision should be made for the presence on the Committee of qualified persons who can bring to the Committee their technical expertise in and knowledge of the wood economy at Community level,



Article 1

An advisory committee on Community policy regarding forestry and forestry-based industries, hereinafter referred to as ‘the committee’, is hereby set up under the auspices of the Commission. The committee shall consist of representatives of the European organizations of forest-based industries.

Article 2

The committee shall, at the request of the Commission, or on its own initiative, give advice to the Commission on the industrial aspects of Community policies affecting forest-based industries and forestry, and also on the market and other economic considerations affecting forest products in the Community or the demand therefore.

Article 3

The committee shall comprise 23 members:

 five members representing the forestry sector,

 six members representing the mechanical wood industry,

 six members representing the pulp, paper and board manufacturing and converting industries,

 six members representing the printing and the publishing industries.


Article 4

Committee members shall be appointed by the Commission after consultation with the sectors of industry concerned.


Article 5

The term of office of committee members shall be two years, and shall be renewable subject to the approval of the Commission. On expiry of the two-year period, committee members shall remain in office until they have been replaced or until their term of office has been renewed.

A member's term of office shall be terminated before expiry of the two-year period in the event of his resignation or death.

He shall be replaced for the remainder of his term of office in accordance with the provisions of Article 4.

Members shall not be remunerated for their services.

Article 6

The list of the members of the committee shall be published by the Commission for information purposes in the Official Journal of the European Communities.


Article 7

The Committee shall be chaired by a Commission representative.

Article 8

The chairman may invite any person with special knowledge of an item on the agenda to participate, as an expert, in the work of the Committee and of the working parties referred to in Article 9.

Experts shall participate only in the discussion of the item for which their attendance is requested.

Article 9

The Committee may set up working parties.


Article 10

1.  The committee and the working parties shall be convened by the chairman. The committee shall meet at the headquarters of the Commission.

2.  Representatives of the Commission departments concerned shall take part in meetings of the committee and of the working parties.


Article 11

The discussions of the Committee shall not be followed by a vote.

The Commission may, when seeking the opinion of the Committee, set a time limit within which the opinion must be given.

Article 12

Without prejudice to Article 214 of the Treaty, Committee members are required not to disclose information which has come to their knowledge through the work of the Committee or of its working parties, where the chairman informs them that an opinion or a question raised touches upon confidential matters.

In this event, only Committee members and Commission representatives shall be present at the meetings in question.

Article 13

This Decision shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.