In the evening I made a welcoming speech at an exhibition on the Committee’s premises about Europe’s forests. The statistics are impressive; depending on the definition used, up to 30% of Europe’s landmass is covered in forest of one sort or another (but it used to be 80%!). One of the exhibits is a five-metre square block of wood (supposed to be solid). It represents the extent by which Europe’s trees grow every minute. A simple, but very effective way of getting the message across. A number of the EESC’s members are active representatives of Europe’s forestry. One of our two new Vice-Presidents, Seppo Kallio (Finland, Various Interests Group), is one of these (forests cover 72% of Finland’s land). He has been the author of a number of Committee on forestry-related issues. You can read them here.