Editorial

Dear readers,

As 2017 is quickly coming to an end, the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development"  is wrapping up its activities for the year. We have organised a total of 24 events all accessible on our website

In this edition you can find the summary reports of our most recent events, scroll down to find out more!

We are happy to also announce that MEP Michel Dantin has taken over the working group "Apiculture & Bee Health". 

You can already save the date for three upcoming events in January, find the links below!

Please note that our office will be closed from 22nd Dec-4th Jan.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Secretariat

Stella, Lynn & Orestis

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PAST EVENTS

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The Review of the EU Forest Strategy

The Review of the EU Forest Strategy

Following the joint public hearing of the European Parliament’s AGRI, ITRE and ENVI Committees on the EU Forest Strategy, held 4 December, policy-makers and stakeholders gathered to continue the discussion underlining concrete experiences from foresters …

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Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

On Wednesday 29 November Michel Dantin MEP and Chair of the “Water& Agriculture” Working Group, together with Peter Liese MEP hosted the entitled event: Pharmaceuticals in the Environment. Policy-makers, industry, and civil society gathered to discuss the potential policy options to curb the impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment. The Commission recently launched its public consultation on the matter providing stakeholders …

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How can we support indigenous people’s sustainable hunt in the Arctic?

How can we support indigenous people’s sustainable hunt in the Arctic?

On Wednesday 29 November MEP Jørn Dohrmann hosted the event entiteld: How can we support indigenous people's sustainable hunt in the Arctic? The initiative of a QR Code for Seal Skin in the European Parliament. In 2009, the European Parliament and the Council adopted a regulation on banning the trade in seal products in the European Union. The seal hunt is …

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Combating Transnational Organised Crime in the fishing industry

Combating Transnational Organised Crime in the fishing industry

On Thursday 23 November Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Chair of the “Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services” Working Group and Alain Cadec MEP and Chair of the “Fisheries, Aquaculture & Integrated Maritime Policy” Working Group hosted this event...  Read more.

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Towards circular plastics – How to bridge existing gaps?

Towards circular plastics – How to bridge existing gaps?

On Wednesday 22 November Pavel Poc MEP and Chair hosted together with Fredrick Federley MEP and Chair of the Circular Economy and Raw Materials Working Group this event. In the wake of the release of the European Commission’s Communication “A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”, this conference aimed to consolidate …Read more.

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The end of the European Organic Label?

The end of the European Organic Label?

On Tuesday 21 November Angélique Delahaye MEP and Chair of the “Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services” working group will together with Marc Tarabella MEP hosted the conference. The rapid expansion of the organic agricultural sector and the outdated European certification rules has generated the need for a new regulatory framework for organic production. The Council endorsed on …Read more.

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Marine Plastics Need European Action

Marine Plastics Need European Action

On Wednesday 8 November Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP and Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development“, together with IUCN European Regional Office hosted the conference entitled "Marine Plastics Need European Action". Plastic waste is increasingly impacting the marine environment and becoming one of the most challenging issues for global and European marine and coastal species and …Read more.

Towards a new EU policy for sustainable bioenergy: The role of forest biomass for climate change mitigation and adaption

Towards a new EU policy for sustainable bioenergy

On Tuesday 10 October MEP Marijana Petir together with MEP Hannu Takkula, hosted the event entitled highlighting  the role of forest biomass for climate change mitigation and adaption. The event gathered policy-makers, scientists, and stakeholders in the European Parliament to discuss the role of forest biomass in combating climate change and the impact of the …Read more.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Are you optimistic about our environmental future? Reflections with the Partnership for European Environmental Research on future research challenges

Are you optimistic about our environmental future? 

On Tuesday 23 January Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP will host this event welcoming the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) to reflect – together with stakeholders - on past successes and look at future research challenges. PEER is a partnership of eight of the largest European environmental research centres founded in 2001.  The Partnership’s joint strategy …Read more.

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Clean road mobility: what role for lightweighting technologies?

Clean road mobility: what role for lightweighting technologies?

Wednesday 24 January Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP and Chair of the “Transport” Working Group will host this conference. Average CO2 output from new cars and vans should fall by 30% by 2030 from 2021 according to a proposal to accelerate the transition to low- and zero-emission vehicles, presented by …Read more.

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Re-manufacturing & re-conditioning: Tackling end-of-life to foster Circular Economy

Re-manufacturing & re-conditioning: Tackling end-of-life to foster Circular Economy

Thursday 25 Janaury Fredrick Federley MEP and Chair of the “Circular Economy and Raw Materials” Working Group will host this conference. In only a few years, the concept of circular economy has become mainstreamed. It is hardly surprising as it responds to the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, by providing optimized resource management …Read more.

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NEWS FROM THE SECRETARIAT 

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Welcome to the new Chair of the WG on Apiculture and Bee Health

Welcome to the new Chair of the WG on Apiculture and Bee Health

We are happy to welcome MEP Michel Dantin (EPP, FR), as the new Chair of the Working Group on "Apiculture and Bee Health" as Mrs. Mariya Gabriel was appointed Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society earlier this year. Mr. Dantin was officially elected on October 25, 2017 at a Working Group meeting in Strasbourg where he committed himself to the …Read more.

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For more information on the Intergroup visit the website or contact Stella Reschke, Secretariat of the
Intergroup.

The Secretariat of the EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" is managed by EBCD, the European Bureau for Conservation and Development.


The views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of EBCD. The EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development" brings together Parliamentarians, EU and international policy-makers and stakeholders to debate and form ideas and policies in a cross-sectoral and cross-party manner by allowing exchanges of different and sometimes divergent opinions.