European forests

Conserving biodiversity through sustainable forestry management

260.000 jobs in Europe

Bringing social and economic added value to rural areas

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Reduce CO2 emissions and tackle climate change

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The main decision body is the General Assembly, which is held at least once a year.
All members are represented in this Assembly. Within EOS, decisions are taken on a unanimous basis. The Board of Directors is elected by the General Assembly for a period of 2 years and is responsible for the proper functioning of the organisation. The Board consists of a President, two Vice-Presidents and the board members. The Board of Directors nominates the Secretary General in charge of the daily management of the organisation. The Board may also nominate Advisory Committees, consisting of experts, which can only have an advisory role.

General Assembly

All the EOS members are represented in the General Assembly.

» EOS Members

Board of Directors (mandate 2019-2021)
as voted during the EOS General Assembly held on 18 June 2019, in Vienna


  • Sampsa Auvinen – Board Professional (Latvia) – Third Mandate

Vice-President Softwood

  • Ernest Schilliger – CEO of Schilliger Holz AG (Switzerland) – Third Mandate

Vice-President Hardwood

  • Maria Kiefer-Polz – Sales Leader of European Hardwood Production (Austria) – First Mandate

Board members

  • Nicolas Douzain-Didier – Director of Fédération Nationale du Bois (France)
  • Mathias Fridholm – Director of Skogsindustrierna (Sweden)
  • Herbert Jöbstl – CEO of Stora Enso Wood Products (Austria)
  • Stephan Lang – CEO of Rettenmeier (Germany)
  • Kai Merivuori – Managing Director of the Finnish Sawmills Association Sahateollisuus (Finland)
  • Nicolae Tucunel – CEO of FOREX (Romania)
  • Thomas Sève – General Director of Monnet-Sève SA Sève (France)

Honorary President

  • Hans Michael Offner – Johann Offner Holzindustrie GmbH (Austria)

Honorary Board Member

  • Jean-Claude Sève – Monnet-Sève SA (France)