The European Commission, DG VI, has published a call for proposals for the completion of a study to be conducted within the context of the establishment of a European Forestry Information and Communication System (EFICS). EFICS was established to collect, coordinate, make consistent and process data involved in the forestry sector and the development thereof. In order to set up such a system, the Commission, in close association with the Standing Forestry Committee, must develop the operational methods enabling reliable and comparable data on EU forestry resources to be available, by relying on national and/or regional inventory systems already in existence in the Member States. Within this context, the Commission wishes to make an external contractor responsible for conducting a study with the following aims: - To analyse and compare forestry inventory and survey systems in existence on a national and/or regional level in all Member States, their methods, procedures and results; - To analyse in which measure existing data fulfil the conditions necessary to be able to be compiled at European level, taking account of the differences in the definitions and methods involved in their collection, updating and adjustment for international use; - With regard to data requiring adjustments, modifications or some harmonization, to draw up proposals for improving the quality of European forestry statistics by developing new operational approaches and new means enabling more accurate international data on forestry resources to be available. Requests for the tender documents must be sent to: European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture DG VI/FII-2 Mr. C. Anz 200 rue de la Loi (L130 10/192) B-1049 Brussels Fax +32-2-2966255 Tenders must be sent to the same address.