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 will host the conference entitled “Marine Plastics Need European Action”. Plastic waste is increasingly impacting the marine environment and becoming one of the most …

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

On Tuesday 10 October MEP Marijana Petir together with MEP Hannu Takkula, hosted the event entitled “Towards a new EU policy for sustainable bioenergy: 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 …

Welcome to our new Vice-Chair!

We are happy to welcome or new Vice-Chair MEP Fredrick Federley (ALDE/SE) who officially joined the Intergroup in July taking over as Chair of the “Circular Economy & Raw Materials” working group. As Chair he is committed to working towards policies promoting the concept of a circular economy: decreasing unnecessary …

New Intergroup Brochure

The Intergroup proudly presents its new brochure, which is a mid-term review of the Intergroup’s activities thus far. The brochure presents all events organised from January 2015 to June 2017 which include over 60 events, making it the most active Intergroup in the Parliament. The Secretariat would like to thank …

Building an effective Bioeconomy Strategy

On Thursday 28 September 2017  Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP and Chair of the working group on “Bioeconomy” hosted a breakfast debate entitled “Building an effective Bioeconomy Strategy“. The event gathered policy-makers and stakeholders in the European Parliament to assess the achievements of the  2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy and highlight the next …

Copernicus Marine Service: An EU asset for sustainable oceans

Policy-makers, research institutions, industry, environmental organisations, civil society, and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament on 26 September 2017 to discuss the achievements and future prospects of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). The EU Copernicus programme is in the process of its mid-term evaluation review and in light …

Bees & Biodiversity: new cooperations

Launched in 2012, the European Week of Bees and Pollination takes place annually at the European Parliament, bringing together representatives of the European and national institutions, beekeepers, farmers, animal health specialists, scientists, NGOs and the industry. Through discussions and other interactive activities, participants can exchange views, discuss recent developments related …

Pulse gear – A more sustainable alternative for traditional beam trawling?

The pulse trawl is a fishing gear that uses low electrical pulses to help catch target species such as sole and shrimp. This technique is considered by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) to be a more sustainable alternative to …

Solidarity in Water – SDG 6 on water & sanitation

Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a comprehensive, universal and inclusive sustainable development framework. SDG 6 particularly underlines the importance of water and sanitation taking into account the need to involve local communities and authorities. SDG 6 addresses the issues relating to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, …

Forest-based Bioeconomy and EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy

Policy-makers, academics, forest-based industries, and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament for an exchange on the upcoming EU Bioeconomy Strategy and the role that forest-based bioeconomy plays in Europe. Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP and Chair of the “Bioeconomy” working group of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” …