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Strategic projects presented to MEP's in Bruxelles
BRUSSELS, 22.10.2015. – Members of the EU Parliament Davor Ivo Stier and Dubravka Šuica hosted manager of the Wood cluster Slavonski hrast and senior project manager at the Vukovar – Srijem County Development Agency Hrast Ltd. Ivan Ambroš about wood sector and the projects and activities of the Wood cluster Slavonski hrast and Vukovar – Srijem County Development Agency Hrast Ltd.

Working meetings were held on the occasion of the presentation of the Vukovar – Srijem County in the  The Parliament Magazine Regional Review under the title "Land of the oaks".

Depopulation

According to statistic the area of Vukovar – Srijem County is an area of strong depopulation – the extinction of the population. From 1991 to 2011 there is 10% less population in Vukovar – Srijem County caused by poor economic situation and the problem of unemployment.

A centralized management system of the Croatian Forests

At the same time Forest Administration Vinkovci in 2014 made significant profit ifrom selling valuable local resource - Slavonian oak. Unique forest resource of Spačva basin (the largest oak forest in Croatia and Europe) with valuable raw material Slavonian oak is not used in sustainable and efficient way because of centralized management system of the Croatian Forests. The situation is even worse because in 2013 from Croatia was export 613.000 m3 of logs and 512.000 tons of wood waste.

Bio-economy and circular economy

Therefore the conclusion of working meetings is that on local area exist quality raw material, there are manufacturing capacities and market demand for final products and in the short time at this area is possible to open a significant number of new jobs. Mission of Wood cluster Slavonski hrast is sustainable development, environmental protection and competitiveness rising of the wood sector by efficient use of valuable forest resource. This is fully in line with the directives of the European Commission and strategies for the bio-economy and circular economy.

Announcement conference at the EU Parliament

In support of the projects and activities for Wood cluster Slavonski hrast, the EPP group and Croatian representatives  will organize a conference in the European Parliament on the subject of forestry and wood industry in Vukovar – Srijem County.

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