Following the European Parliament elections in June 2014, the event is timed to coincide with many newly-elected European members of parliament (MEPs) taking up their posts, and was announced at the EPF AGM, held in Bruges in June, by Alastair Kerr, director general of the UK’s WPIF, and chair of the EPF biomass Taskforce Group.

"We are seeking to build a relationship with the MEPs over the coming five years’ this is the start of a journey," he said. "Thousands of people are vying for the MEPs attention, so our message must be short and easily understandable."

"The message will be how the wood and wood processing industries contribute to achieving a sustainable carbon-efficient and resource-efficient economy and why they are the indispensable key for fundamental solutions in this context," added Mr Kerr.
The main feature of the event will be the opening ceremony on September 22 for a shipping container "The wood box", supplied by the Austrian wood promotion association, which will showcase the benefits of wood and wood products.

Additionally, there will be a programme of networking breakfasts and lunches, as well as presentations by eminent architects and industrialists, spread over the three days.

"This event needs the engagement of all the EPF members [if it is to be a success]," said Mr Kerr.