An online consultation will allow the event community to indicate their preferences for the sessions proposed, from 16 to 27 April.
NAT Commission external seminar on Encouraging urban-rural cooperation in inventing new sustainable food systems in Nantes, France on 16 April 2018.
A strong cohesion policy in combination with other financing instruments is key to boosting broadband connectivity in Europe, according the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). In an opinion adopted at the plenary session on 22 March, it points out that lack of fast and reliable broadband coverage remains a problem in many rural and sparsely populated areas where there is not enough market-driven development.
How to better embed crop diversity for resilient sustainable food systems?
On April 11th, the DIVERSIFOOD Forum with policy makers and stakeholders will present some project outcomes and address this issue with the overall goal to further develop policies for cultivating diversity and food quality.
The visit is in line with and will provide input and inspiration for the work of the ENVE commission on, inter alia, adapting to climate change, air quality, the circular economy package and the proposals on the European energy union.
Agenda items include rules for the internal market in natural gas, the WFD, climate governance after 2020: a contribution to the UNFCCC COP24, the Plastics Strategy and the contribution of EU local and regional authorities to CBD COP14.
At its meeting on Friday 9 March, the European Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) approved the draft opinion on the mid-term review of the EU Forest Strategy, drawn up by member of Lapinlahti municipal council Ossi Martikainen (FI/ALDE). It sets the goal of a socially and environmentally sustainable forest policy which supports economic growth and employment and safeguards the diversity of forest ecosystems.
Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU and considering the substantial expected repercussions from this withdrawal, the CoR has started a process of analysing and debating the exposure of EU27 regions and cities to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the basis of key economic indicators notably pertaining to the nature and the scale of their trade linkages with the UK.
Mr Witold Stępień, Marshal of the Łódzkie Region and member of the CoR will host a selected group of the ENVE commission members in Łódź, Poland in the framework of the study visit “The role of the local government in development of a circular economy”.
The Broadband Platform set up between the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and European Commission’s DG CNECT held its second meeting on 2 February. The discussions focalised on the role of Broadband Competence Offices and on boosting broadband investment in view of the discussions on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union.
The European Union needs to maintain a strong regional policy in order to fulfil its international commitments to reduce carbon emissions, the leader of the EU’s local and regional politicians said on 22 February.
The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. At the meeting of the CoR’s SEDEC commission on 21 February, members discussed two opinions focusing on the role of education and culture for strengthening European identity and social cohesion.