About CEPI and The European Pulp and Paper Industry


CEPI coordinates activities across the entire pulp and paper industry in Europe. The organisation responds to EU institutions’ consultations and represents the European paper industry in discussions with these institutions. Our approach and structure ensures that we are open, flexible and responsive. CEPI organises several events each yearand publishes trade publications on various topics and interests. We also conduct a large amount of projects, most recently the Two Team Project on breakthrough technologies.


The CEPI secretariat is located in Brussels where Director General Teresa Presas heads a 20-strong team. Directors and managers are appointed for their expertise and skills in key policy areas for the industry; namely forestry and innovation,environment, energy and climate change, competitiveness and trade, recycling and products, social affairs as well as in communication. The national associations nominate members to standing committees, which take strategic views on these six areas of interest, supported by Issue Groups. Social affairs, research, food contact, statistics, trade and transport issues are covered by specially formed groups. The CEPI Board of Directors comprises national association chairpersons and company chief executives. The current chairman is Jussi Pesonen,CEO of UPM.

CEPI  Structure

The CEPI Board is the ultimate decision-making and governance body in CEPI. It is assisted by a  more operational Executive Committee.The Associations Directors Group (ADG) is the senior advisory group to the CEPI Director General. Sustainability Strategy and Communication are transversal issues under the Director General. Innovation and Social affairs are supervised by the ADG. The Committees are responsible for strategy and political perspective in the policy areas. The Innovation Committee is a support Committee that crosses all policy areas. Issue Groups are formed as needed, to work on the problems/issues identified by the Committees.

The Board of CEPI receives no remuneration for its activ- ities and the staff of CEPI is subject to periodical evalua- tion. The Board has clear voting rules for decision making and anti-competition rules are applied to all its meetings. An agreed work programme is developed and implemented each year and the Board ensures that all activities reflect environmental, economic and social topics.
In all meet- ings CEPI follows its “Guidelines for Compliance with EU competition rules” that were especially prepared for CEPI. Stakeholder and supply chain action will multiply and spread the positive effects of sustainable thinking. The good practices we recommend aim to improve the supply, the availability and use of resources. These are developed using the valuable knowledge that we gain from stakeholders.This goes hand-in-hand with the goal to be competitive globally and strengthen the market for paper products.

Ecological risks and regulation issues lead to collabo- rations with many stakeholders and expert networks. In line with European decision making, CEPI follows the precautionary principle in all its activities and acts to ensure that the paper industry does not cause harm to its stakeholders and customers. Paper is a credible partner in the evolution of the low-carbon economy. It is made of a renewable raw material and its production relies mostly on renewable energy. The sector is characteris- tically responsible and invests strategically in technical research and insight studies. We work to optimise our use of natural resources, extend the role of paper in our lives, and improve the health and safety of people and the environment. CEPI’s aim is to communicate our performance and to improve the understanding of our industry and its products.

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