Finland is preparing for the start of its third presidency of the Council of the EU. At the same time, negotiations are under way to form a new national government following parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, the European Union is about to embark on a new five-year electoral term after the European Parliament elections.
The aim of the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy. This flagship event will be held 30 September–1 October in Helsinki in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will consist of three parallel conferences:
- CE 2019 Conference – Sustainable transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy: creating the knowledge base
- Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing
- SI 2019 Conference – Sustainable innovation
The workshop will deal with the implementation of decisions from the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) and prepare the annual subcommittee meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives under the UN Environment Programme. The overall theme at UNEA-4, held in March 2019, was ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’. The workshop will adopt a number of resolutions in line with Finland’s national priorities and related to the circular economy and plastics waste in the sea, for instance. In addition, the Helsinki workshop will work towards promoting the recommendations concerning the Global Pact for the Environment initiative within the UN.
The conference “European Bioeconomy Scene 2019” will take place in Helsinki on 8–10 July. It is one of the main events to be held in Helsinki during Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and it is sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland and the European Commission.
The informal meeting reunited ministers of environment from the EU Member States, EFTA states and candidate states for accession to the EU, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council, executive director of European Environment Agency and General Secretary of European Environmental Bureau.
The Ministry for business environment, commerce and entrepreneurship in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) has organized on Thursday, the 16 March, 2019, in Geneva, an event dedicated to SMEs digitalization and e-commerce.
The informal meeting of the Trade Policy Committee – Services and Investment (TPC-SI), under the mandate of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the European Union (EU), took place in Bucharest, on 6-7 May, 2019. The Committee has a role in preparing the internal decision-making process at EU Council level, with regards to bilateral commercial relations, negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and EU trade policy legislation in the field of services and investments.
The meeting of EU ministers included two themed sessions of great interest on the European agenda both for authorities and for businesses, the first being dedicated to the contribution of entrepreneurship, SMEs, startups, and scaleups, to the general competitivity of the EU. The second session was centered on the integrated approach of the Single Market in support of the industry and for better implementation and compliance of the legislative framework. The working lunch of the dignitaries was dedicated to the European energy-intensive industries’ roadmap.
Strengthening the Banking Union and Capital Markets Union is a key priority in the legislative work pursued by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 12 legislative files on financial services have been closed after long and constructive negotiations with the European Parliament.
In the context of the presidency of the Council of the European Union, Romania coordinated the common position of the participants states.
The event, chaired by the Romanian Ministry of Energy, Anton Anton, was attended by the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete and ministers of Energy from the European Member States. Participants discussed the priorities for the future EU energy system, in view of post-2020 energy transition. Ministers proposed a number of directions on the infrastructure priorities as well as on innovative solutions for the coming years, in order for the Council to adopt conclusions in June 2019.
The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organized a working visit of the Council’s Working Group on the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in the Republic of San Marino on March 20-22.
At a crucial moment for the future of the European Union and for the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, leaders of regions and cities will come together in Bucharest on 14 and 15 March 2019 to make their voice heard.