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

The pulse trawl is a fishing gear that uses electrical pulses to catch target species such as sole and shrimp. The pulse trawl is considered by ICES and STECF to be a more sustainable alternative to the traditional beam trawl due to reduced fuel consumption, higher selectivity for sole and …

Bees & Biodiversity: new cooperations

Since 2012, the European Bee and Pollination Week is held every year in the European Parliament in Brussels. This meeting has become a must-attend event and brings together all stakeholders in the sector: European MPs, representatives of the Commission and European institutions, beekeepers, farmers, scientists, veterinarians, manufacturers, NGOs and citizens. …

Solidarity in Water – SDG 6 on water & sanitation

On Tuesday 20 June MEP Michel Dantin will host the event entitled “Solidarity in Water – SDG 6 on water & sanitation: how can Europe make a difference in third countries”. Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals represent a comprehensive, universal and inclusive sustainable development framework. Among all, SDG 6 particularly …

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” …

Supporting the Implementation of SDG 14

On Wednesday 31 May MEPs Ricardo Serrao Santos and Alain Cadec will co-host the event entitled “Supporting the Implementation of SDG 14 – State of play on the UN Ocean Conference”. Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a comprehensive, universal and inclusive sustainable development framework. The SDG …

Implementation of the agri-environment-climate measures

Policy-makers, farmers, land owners, stakeholders, citizens, and scientists gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the implementation of agri-environment-climate measures, their contribution to a more sustainable farming sector as well as their trade-offs and limitations. Angélique Delahaye MEP and Chair of the “Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services” working group of the …

Sustainable Management of Water in Agriculture

In light of the discussion of the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the review of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) policy-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to highlight the need to better integrate the agricultural and water sector in order to better manage natural resources and take …

Apiculture and Bee Health Working Group

Policy-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to exchange on the upcoming Bee Week 2017 and to engage in a dialogue with beekeepers and on the challenges they face. Mariya Gabriel MEP and Chair welcomed participants by drawing on the success of the past Bee Weeks and suggested to …

A different kind of growth: Europe taking the lead?

On Wednesday 8 March Pavel Poc MEP and Chair of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” in collaboration with The Club of Rome will host the debate “A different kind of growth: Europe taking the lead?“. Economic growth used to give considerable social and material progress …

UNFCCC COP22: Debrief and Next Steps

Policy-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to take stock of COP22, which was held from 4-17 November in Marrakech. Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement at COP21 and with its ratification just days before COP22 conveyed, it provided the first opportunity to discuss how its Parties would …