ROSEWOOD Project and Roadmap presented at international Wood Technology Conference in Opatija

Opatija, 04.06.2019. – In the framework of the 16th Wood Technology Conference, Competence Centre Ltd as East Europe Hub organised a workshop ROSEWOOD Project Interregional Roadmap.  Wood Technology Conference is the main event of wood sector in Croatia and the region, and this year it was focused on Vukovar-Srijem County, where the most valuable forest resource of the Republic of Croatia is located – Spačva basin with world-famous Slavonian oak.

Director of Competence Centre Ltd., Dr. Ivan Ambroš, presented the ROSEWOOD project,  goals and the results of the SWOT analysis conducted in the Eastern European region, and examples of best practices and innovations gathered within the ROSEWOOD project to representatives of the wood industry, ministries, educational institutions, sectoral associations, clusters and decision-makers.

The workshop was attended by project partners PRO WOOD Cluster from Romania, Forestry Institute Slovenia, Croatian Forestry Institute and by the ROSEWOOD network members and experts. Also, presidents of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Slovenian Parliament Franc Breznik and the Agriculture Committee of the Croatian Parliament, Tomislav Panenić with Committee members.

Over 300 representatives of forestry and wood industry sector participated at the conference, discussing about the challenges sector is facing currently. The conference was opened by Vukovar-Srijem County Prefect, Božo Galić as envoy of the President of Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. Also, Vukovar-Srijem County Prefect’s Deputy, Josip Dabro, director of Spačva Ltd. Dr. Josip Faletar, Spačva Ltd. Board member Ivan Perković, director of Bjelin Otok Ltd. Jozo Jović, director of Competence Centre Ltd. Dr. Ivan Ambroš and many other experts from the forestry and wood industry value chain participated panel discussions.

The conference was closed by the Vukovar-Srijem County Prefect’s Deputy, Josip Dabro, who praised the panel discussions organized within the conference. He underlined the importance of the ROSEWOOD project for the Vukovar-Srijem County, the Republic of Croatia and the European Union. Also he emphasised the need for cooperation between all forestry and wood-based industry value chain stakeholders, from the forest tree to the final product in order to continually work on the smart and sustainable use of valuable forest resources.

This project is funded by the European Union program Horizon 2020 for research and innovation, under the Grant Agreement no. 776754.