OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – EU forest strategy post-2020 (14 October 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

UPDATED – Tripartite Social Summit (16 October 2019)

Update: the background brief has been made available.

The main theme of the autumn social summit is “Progressing on the social and economic dimensions for a competitive, fair and sustainable Europe”.

Event: 3 solutions to finance the Green Deal (Brussels, 16 October 2019)

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Event: Biohorizon Final Conference (Brussels, 21 November 2019)

BioHorizon is a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. Its purpose is to align and enhance the services that National Contact Points (NCPs) for “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy” (Societal Challenge 2), as well as for the Key Enabling Technology (KET)-Biotechnology provide to potential beneficiaries of European funding in those areas across Europe and worldwide.

UPDATED – Agenda: Education Committee (18 October 2019)

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Press Release: The EU must put inclusiveness at the heart of the digital and ecological transition

​In a debate with Finland’s Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen, EU’s local and regional representatives called on the EU to ensure all regions and their citizens benefit from the digital and ecological transitions that are shaping our societies. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted on 9 October two opinions requested by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, which focus on tackling the digital divide and ensuring cohesion and solidarity for all Europeans.

UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced manufacturing and processing’

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President-designate for the European Green Deal (8 October 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

OPP Meeting Summary: Second Hearing of Janusz Wojciechowski, Commissioner-designate for Agriculture (8 October 2019)

A summary of the second hearing is now available.

Press Release: Circular economy: consumer attitudes to products made from urban bio-waste

Biodegradable waste, or bio-waste, from urban areas is being used to produce a bio-based material to replace plastic — this is relevant to the sustainable development of a circular economy (CE), which requires the innovative use of waste materials. Understanding public attitudes to such materials, and the drivers influencing their uptake, is key to their viability. This study explores how consumers respond to products made from regenerated bio-waste.

UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’

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Speech: Farewell of Commissioner Vella to the Environment Council

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Draft Council conclusions on the updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: stenghtening the connection between economy, society and the environment

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Agenda: Research Working Party meeting (10 October)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Conclusions on the “8th Environment Action Programme – Turning the Trends Together” (4 October 2019)

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UPDATED: Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Better Regulation) (9 October 2019)

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Press Release: The Council adopts conclusions on the circular economy

The Council stresses in its conclusions that further ambitious efforts are needed to stimulate a systemic transition to a sustainable society. The circular economy is an important driver for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, respecting the planetary boundaries as well as reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Conclusions on “More circularity – Transition to a sustainable society” (4 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Virginijus Sinkevičius Commissioner-designate for the Environment and Oceans (3 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Didier Reynders, Commissioner-designate for Justice (2 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Agenda: Cultural Affairs Committee (8 October 2019)

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