The Vegetation Map of Europe, coordinated from 1979-1991 by Robert Neuhausl from Prague and completed under the auspices of Germany's Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), is a milestone of applied vegetation science. Hundreds of phytosociologists from 31 European countries contributed to this project at the turn of the millennium. Europe's potential natural vegetation is presented at the scale of 1:2.5 million (Bohn et al. 2000). The explanatory text and CD-ROM are in the process of publication; a sample map can be viewed interactively through the website Floraweb (http://www.synbiosys.alterra.nl/eu/) The map and its legend (ca. 700 units organised in 19 formations) represent a first attempt to provide an ecologically meaningful phytosociological classification across national boundaries.