Under the strong conviction that further international action was required to reinforce the implementation of sustainable forest management and so guarantee a balanced and stable continuity of all economic, environmental, and social forest functions in Europe, ministers responsible for forests in Europe took a historical decision at the 6th  Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (Oslo, Norway, 14-16 June 2011): They launched negotiations for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe.

An Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) was then set up with the mandate to develop this an agreement.

FOREST EUROPE’s 46 signatory countries, the European Union, and observers to the process including non-European countries, international organisations, NGOs, representatives of forest owners and related industries, the academic and scientific community and other forest stakeholders have all been involved in this negotiation process.

After the completion of its work, and in accordance with the procedure established by the Oslo Mandate, the Committee will present its results to a FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference. This Conference will take place on 21 October 2015 in Madrid and is being organised by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment of Spain.  Spain currently holds the chairmanship of FOREST EUROPE jointly with Slovak Republic.