Editorial

Dear readers,

November has been a busy month for the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”.

The working group on “Sustainable Forest Management” kicked off its activities with a breakfast meeting in Strasbourg, at the presence of the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.

A major event was organised to present the outcomes of the European project “Sea for Society”, which attracted over 150 participants to the European Parliament.

In this issue of the Intergroup newsletter you will be able to read the reports of these two events.

Last week, the European Commission presented its long awaited package on the “Circular Economy. The package had generated much expectation in the building-up, and much discussion when it was unveiled. This is why we feature in this edition an external contribution on this subject from the European Aluminium Association. Scroll down to know its point of view on how the Circular Economy can be made efficient in Europe in the next future.

In addition, don't forget to scroll down and check out the upcoming event in preparation for December, “Industry Innovation and the CFP Landing Obligation”.

Enjoy the reading!

The Secretariat

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"Europe should continue to strive

for the ideal circular economy"

Contribution from the European Aluminium Association

The new Circular Economy package proposed by the Commission is an act of realism, a balanced and achievable proposal. European Aluminium explains what could be done next to get the EU a step closer to the “ideal” circular economy.

The Circular Economy package is a landmark step towards a more resource-efficient Europe. It will help the EU to maintain its status as a world leader in recycling and drive sustainable growth in the European economy to the benefit of future generations.

What is important is what happens next. The European Parliament and the EU Member States now have the responsibility to review the proposal and to make sure it is fit for purpose. Translating the Commission’s proposal into an efficient and achievable policy framework relies on a global mind set, strong recycling ambition balanced with consideration for national infrastructure and capability, and effective enforcement...

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Upcoming Events: December

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How Can Industry Innovation meet the Challenges of the CFP Landing Obligation?

How Can Industry Innovation meet the Challenges of the CFP Landing Obligation?

8/12 The landing obligation is one of the biggest challenges to come out of the CFP reform. David Stevens, a fisherman working off the southwest coast of England is the skipper of the family-owned vessel, the Crystal Sea. He has been working in partnership with the UK’s management and scientific bodies to undertake a Catch Quota Trial (CQT) in an …

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Past Events: November

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Sea for Society

Sea for Society

EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the project “Sea for Society” and the Blue Society concept, which envisions a new governance model that aims to make the Ocean an integral part of society. A set of recommendations have been established to further promote and implement a Blue Society, and stakeholders showed their support by signing …

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Europe's Forests in the Sustainability Spotlight

Europe's Forests in the Sustainability Spotlight

EU decision-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss sustainable forest management in Europe and the important role that forests play in establishing a bioeconomy, creating jobs and growth, conserving biodiversity, and adapting and mitigating climate change. Elisabeth Köstinger MEP invited various Parliamentarians, the Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development and stakeholders in Strasbourg to kick-off the “Sustainable …

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For more information on the Intergroup visit the website or contact Paolo Mattana, 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.