Confederation of European Paper Industries

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The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) represents the European pulp and paper associations towards the European institutions and has its seat in Brussels, Belgium. It monitors, analyses and acts upon EU legislation and initiatives relevant to the industry, communicating on the industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. CEPI is member of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).


In 1992 CEPI was founded by a merger of CEPAC (Confédération Européenne de l’Industrie des pates, papiers et cartons) and EPI (European Paper Institute). At that time CEPI had 15 member organisations.

List of chairmen:

Period Chairman
1992-93 Hartwig Geginat
1994-95 Frank de Wit
1996-97 Lars Helgesson
1998-99 Luis Delanders
2000-01 Juha Niemela
2002-03 Michael Gröller
2004-05 Carl Björnberg
2006-07 Frits Beurskens
2008-09 Magnus Hall
2009-10 Berry Wiersum
2011-13 Jussi Pesonen
2013-15 Gary McGann
2016-18 Peter Oswald

In 1997 the Czech Pulp and Paper Association SPPAC became associate member of CEPI and in 1999 the Slovakian association followed. Hungary joined in 2001 and Poland not until 2003. In 2004 all four associate members became regular members, at the same time when their countries officially joined the European Union. In 2006 the Danish and Irish associations ceased to be members of CEPI. Slovenia joined CEPI in January 2010. Switzerland ceased to be a member in 2012 which brings the number of members to 18.

Member organisations[edit]

Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway), CEPI represents 505 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium-sized companies to multi-nationals, and 920 pulp and paper mills.

  • AUSTROPAPIER (Vereiningug der Oesterreichischen Papierindustrie), Austria
  • COBELPA (Association des Fabricants de Pates, Papiers et Cartons de Belgique), Belgium
  • ACPP(Association of the Czech Pulp and Paper Industry), Czech Republic
  • FFIF (Finnish Forest Industry Federation), Finland
  • COPACEL (Union Française des Industries des Cartons, Papiers et Celluloses), France
  • VDP (Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken), Germany
  • FedPrint,(Federation of Hungarian Printers and Papermakers), Hungary
  • ASSOCARTA (Associazione Italiana fra gli Industriali della Carta, Cartoni e Paste per Carta), Italy
  • NORSK Industri, Norway
  • SPP (Association of Polish Papermakers), Poland
  • CELPA (Associacao da Industria Papeleira), Portugal
  • ZCPP (Pulp and Paper Industry Federation Slovak Republic), Slovak Republic
  • ASPAPEL (Asociacion Espanola de Fabricantes de Pastas, Papel y Carton), Spain
  • SFIF (Swedish Forest Industry Federation), Sweden
  • Royal VNP (Royal Netherlands Paper and Board Association), Netherlands
  • CPI (Confederation of Paper Industries), United Kingdom
  • ROMPAP (Romanian Paper Association), Romania
  • GZS (Paper and Paper Converting Industry Association), Slovenia


The European paper industry produces 92 million tonnes of paper and board and more than 35 million tonnes of pulp annually. It provides directly 178,000 jobs and indirectly 3 million jobs along the forest and paper chain. Through its 18 member countries CEPI represents 633 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium-sized companies to multi-nationals, and 917 paper mills. Together they represent 20.5% of world production.

The European pulp and paper industry is the largest industrial producer and consumer of energy from renewable sources. Its share of biomass-based energy exceeds 55% of its total primary annual energy consumption of 1,301,483 TJ in 2014.

Paper for recycling is a major source of the paper industry’s raw material, which is why the industry pushes for new heights for the European recycling rate. The recycling rate reached 71.5% in 2015 - exceeding the voluntary target of 70% that was set by the industries declaration in 2011 - along the paper value chain (ERPC). The total amount of paper collected and sent to recycling in paper mills in 2015 was almost 56 million tonnes, an increase of 28.1% since 2000. 18.2% was exported for recycling in third countries.

Fields of Action[edit]

  • Bioeconomy
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Competitiveness & Trade
  • Recycling
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Forestry
  • Innovation
  • Transport
  • Social Affairs

European Paper Week[edit]

European Paper Week always takes place at the end of November in Brussels, Belgium. Within European Paper Week, the CEPI High-level session is a half-day conference presenting high-level speakers not only from industry, but also the European Institutions and other sectors. It focuses on the big issues shaping the European industry’s future and examines the future of the pulp and paper industry in the context of EU policy and the effects of globalisation. During Paper Week, CEPI also hosts three open sessions providing participants with valuable insights into the topical key issues facing the paper industry. A number of other key meetings and seminars are organised in the course of European Paper Week by industry sectors and organisations along the paper chain. More information can be found at the European Paper Week website.

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