Final Conference

Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe

Joint CEI-Bois / EFBWW / EPF Project

24 May, Porto

AIMMP – Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries host again in Portugal, this time in Lisbon, the 2nd Seminar in the framework of the joint project between the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) with the participation of the European Panel Federation (EPF) on the formaldehyde-related section.

The first Seminar was focused on formaldehyde.

The second Seminar was focused on:

  • Analysis and conclusions of the topic Formaldehyde debated at the 1st seminar
  • Proposals for increasing the sector attractiveness.

The European woodworking and furniture industry is the EU’s fifth largest manufacturing industry. It contributes €219 billion to the economy and generates almost 2 million jobs many of which are in rural or less industrialised areas.


24th May

Venue –Hotel Solverde, Avenida da Liberdade 212, 4410-154 São Felix da Marinha, Vila Nova de Gaia – Porto

08:30 – Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:oo – Welcome and opening

  • Portuguese Authorities
  • CEI-Bois – EFBWW – EPF

09:20 – Introductory speech – “The Social Dialogue as the proper platform for joint Social Partners’ efforts to face new European Woodworking Industries Challenge”

  • Speaker TBC 

10:00 – Q&A session

10:15 – 1st project Seminar, Porto, 7 December 2017, Starting grid – Main Outcome – Forecast

  • Tony BERGREEN (GS, Sweden)

11:00 – Coffee Break

11:20 – 2nd project Seminar, Lisbon, 30 November 2018, Starting grid – Main Outcome – Forecast

  • Tom AUSTEN (Miller McKenzie) 
  • Catarina DOMINGOS (Catarina Domingos – Marketing, Consumo, Comunicação)

12:00 – Q&A session

12:15 – The European Commission – Project review 

  • Danny SCHEERLINCK (DG EMPL – Sector Social Dialogue) 

12:45 – Conclusions & Final Recommendations

  • CEI-Bois – EFBWW – EPF

13:00 – Closing Buffet