Editorial

Dear readers,

As the Christmas break is just around the corner, the European Parliament Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development" is wrapping up its activities of 2016, and is already in preparation for further facilitating dialogue and exchange on relevant topics to be discussed in 2017. These include climate change, with the outcomes of the recent UNFCCC COP22 that took place in Marrakech, the last phases of the circular economy debate in the European Parliament, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the European level, the LULUCF discussion in the Parliament, and many others.

Looking back to the last weeks of the year, the Intergroup’s Vice-Chairs Maurice Ponga and Alain Cadec co-hosted the event "What Future for Fisheries in the European Outermost Regions?" on the 10th of November, bringing together the working groups on “Island and Overseas Entities” and on “Fisheries, Aquaculture & Integrated Maritime Policy”. The conference welcomed representatives from the fisheries sector in the EU Outermost Regions, highlighting the challenges faced by these regions and enabling discussion in order to find solutions.

On the 22nd of November MEP Paul Rübig, Chair of the working group on "Research & Innovation" hosted a breakfast meeting in Strasbourg entitled "Innovating Europe's Energy Future: The Role of Gas”. The meeting gathered stakeholders and experts to discuss the need for innovative energy sources and particular the role of gas as a complement to renewable energy sources, underlining its benefits and challenges as the EU aims to achieve its 2030 climate and energy targets.

In light of the new EU Arctic Policy and the European Parliament’s on-going discussion, MEP Christel Schaldemose, Chair of the "Arctic" working group, hosted the event "The European Arctic Policy: International Cooperation towards Sustainable Development" on the 29th of November. This breakfast meeting welcomed representatives from European and non-European Arctic countries, to hear the perspectives on the various challenges faced in this region. 

On the 1st of December, the day after the Commission released its Clean Energy for All proposals which includes the Revised Renewable Energy Directive, the Chair of the Intergroup MEP Pavel Poc alongside MEP Jytte Guteland co-hosted the event "Sustainable Forest Biomass in light of COP21 Paris", highlighting the role that forests and woody biomass play in achieving the EU policy framework on climate and energy. 

You will find more information on these past events below.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy holiday season and looking forward to seeing you in 2017!

The Secretariat

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Recent Events

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What future for Fisheries in the European Outermost Regions?

What future for Fisheries in the European Outermost Regions?

On Thursday the 10th of November, Maurice Ponga MEP and Chair of the working group on “Island and Overseas Entities” co-hosted together with Alain Cadec MEP and Chair of the working group on “Fisheries, Aquaculture & Integrated Maritime Policy”, the event entitled “What Future for Fisheries in the European Outermost Regions?” The meeting aimed at raising awareness on the unique situation of fisheries in the …

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Innovating Europe’s Energy Future: The Role of Natural Gas

Innovating Europe’s Energy Future: The Role of Natural Gas

On Tuesday 22nd of November 2016, policy-makers and stakeholders were brought together by the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” with the support of GasNaturally, to discuss the role of gas in the innovation of European energy sourcing, its connection with renewables, and its implications. MEP Paul Rübig opened the meeting by welcoming this discussion in …

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The European Arctic Policy: International Cooperation towards Sustainable Development

The European Arctic Policy: International Cooperation towards Sustainable Development

  In light of the new EU Arctic Policy and the European Parliament’s on-going discussion of the broader European role in the Arctic, policy-makers and representatives from the Arctic Community gathered for an exchange of views on the issues, particularly highlighting the needs and aspirations of the peoples and societies living in the Arctic. The meeting was hosted by Christel …

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Sustainable Forest Biomass in light of COP21 Paris

Sustainable Forest Biomass in light of COP21 Paris

The role of forests and woody biomass within the EU policy framework on climate and energy was discussed at the European Parliament at the Intergroup Conference “Sustainable forest biomass in the light of COP21 (Paris)” on 1 December 2016. The event was held one day after the European Commission’s publication of the recap of the Renewable Energy Directive proposal. The …

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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.