The European Commission has defended its involvement in the forestry sector in the European Parliament as MEPs disputed its right to legislate in the area.
During a debate on Monday, EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan admitted that questions around the Commission’s competence over forestry – a policy area absent from EU treaties – were “rightly” asked. He faced questioning by members of the agriculture, environment and industry committees on progress made on the EU forest strategy presented by the Commission in 2013.
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