Hungary co-signs letter calling for review of EU forestry strategy

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Hungary co-signed a letter sent by 11 member states to Frans Timmermans, the Vice-President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal, calling on him to review the EU's planned forestry strategy, which they said unduly favored "green aspects" over social and economic considerations, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Monday.

Minister of Agriculture István Nagy said the EU's forestry strategy so far had been a "model of sustainable economy", striking a balance between the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability. Shifting that balance towards only considering green aspects was "unacceptable", Nagy said.

According to a recently leaked document, the new strategy would "narrow the tasks of a multifocal, sustainable forestry strategy to preserving biodiversity". "This would marginalize the economic and social role of forests, jeopardizing jobs and the sector's role in the circular economy," the statement said. 

Hungary joined Austria's initiative with a view to protecting the interests of some 500,000 Hungarians making a living in the sector, the statement said.

The letter to Timmermans was signed by the ministers of the Visegrád Group, Austria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, and Romania.

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