Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions — Implementation of the EU Forest Strategy

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (4 September 2019)

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Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy’

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Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy’

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Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy’

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Press Release: From brine to blue growth, using marine biotechnology

Powerful compounds, intriguing properties, underused potential… marine resources such as algae are already powering innovation in areas as varied as fuel production, bioremediation and medicine, and the journey of discovery continues. An EU-funded project set out to accelerate the process and help advance Europe’s bioeconomy.

UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 July 2019)

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Event: Smart City Expo World (Barcelona, 19-21 November 2019)

Smart City Expo World Congress exists in order to empower cities and collectivize urban innovation across the globe. Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide.

Event: Sustainable Business Models in Circular Bioeconomy (Brussels, 23 September 2019)

The key objective of the conference is to present sustainable business models and best practice examples of public and private cooperation, investment, research and business cooperation, as well as demonstrating the deployment of sustainable and circular bio-based solutions. The conference will focus on investment and financing opportunities for circular bioeconomy, including best practice examples of business-research cooperation.

Call for Feedback: European Partnership for a Circular bio-based Europe

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Event: Make it Happen with Resource Efficiency (Brussels, 25 & 26 September 2019)

The EREK international conference will demonstrate how successful businesses and industries seek resource efficient solutions, collaborate in a circular and social economy, and pursue digitalisation to gain a competitive edge.

From keynote speeches to practical sessions, the conference aims to gather the Resource Efficiency community by promoting exchanges between all actors, from new comers to front runners, from SMEs to business intermediaries, raising awareness of existing and upcoming opportunities to make the Circular Economy a reality.

Event: The Business Booster (Paris, 3 & 4 October 2019)

The Business Booster is the world’s leading event in sustainable energy innovation. You will hear from expert speakers, witness live panel debates, join in interactive sessions – and discover over 150 cutting edge sustainable energy technologies.

Press Release: European agriculture should develop towards agroecology

The EU needs to put greater emphasis on short supply chains and agroecology in farming in order to preserve its agriculture and make it more resilient to new challenges, such as climate change. Agroecology is also a way to secure our food supply, make our food healthier and as such raise its value.

Stakeholder Press Release: From the DG’s desk: A new look at industry’s role in shaping the future of Europe

It’s an exciting time here in the Brussels bubble. With a newly elected European Parliament beginning its term and the appointment of Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission President, EU leaders are setting out their priorities for the next five years: within just weeks of each other, the European Council announced ‘A New Strategic Agenda 2019-2024’ while Ms von der Leyen presented MEPs with her political guidelines for the next Commission.

UPDATED – Agenda: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (8 July 2019)

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Press Release: The European Commission seeks four experts to join the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Expert Panel

Would you like to be part of the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards?
The European Commission is seeking four experts to join the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) and European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) Expert Panel. Experts are required in the following four environmental indicator areas:

Green growth and eco-innovation
Sustainable land use
Waste management
Sustainable urban mobility

UPDATED – Communication from the Commission – Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests

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Press Release: Circular Economy: time to unleash the power of consumers, urges the EESC

So far, actions to boost the development of a circular economy in Europe have centred on production, getting industries to introduce circular business models and bring circular options to the market. Now conditions are ripe for getting consumers involved, and empowering them to make sustainable purchasing choices in their daily lives, says an EESC report adopted in July.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Ms Krista Mikkonen Finnish Minister of Environment and Climate Change (23 July 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (10 July 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: 5th Working Group Meeting – Platform for Coal Regions in Transition (15 & 16 July 2019)

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Press Release: European Union presents its progress towards sustainable development

Today, at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York, the EU reaffirmed its strong commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a shared global roadmap for a peaceful and prosperous world, with human well-being on a healthy planet at its core. A dedicated event hosted by the European Union and the Finnish Presidency assessed the progress made in implementing the Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within Europe and through the EU’s international cooperation.

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