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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Outcomes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 – what do they mean for Europe?

IUCN and the Slovakian Presidency of the Council of the EU are on Monday the 7th of November hosting the event entitled “Outcomes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 – what do they mean for Europe?”. Our planet is at a crossroads – the decisions we make today will set …

Recycling in the Circular Economy: Roles, Opportunities & Challenges

Policy-makers, industry, NGOs, and other stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the vital role of recycling in the circular economy providing the perspective of the many stakeholders working in the value chain. The meeting was organised by MEP Pavel Poc, Chair of the Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, …

Post COP21: Challenges & Chances for Renewable Energy & Bioenergy

Policy-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament on the 28th of September to discuss the important role of renewable energy sources with the Austrian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Andrä Rupprechter outlining the Austrian vision for a real energy transition. The meeting entitled “Post COP21 Challenges …

Building the Circular Economy with Bio-Based Materials and Products

On Friday the 23 of September MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Chair of the working group on “Bioeconomy” of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development” together with the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) hosted an Assistants Lunchtime Briefing on “Building the Circular Economy with Bio-based Materials and Products“.  The …

MPAs: Between the MSFD and the CFP – How to strike the right balance?

On the 23rd of June 2016, MEP Alain Cadec gathered policy-makers and stakeholders in the European Parliament to discuss marine protected areas (MPAs) and the need to strike the right balance between the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in order to further balance environmental …

The Value of Biodiversity in the Agri-Food Chain

Key stakeholders in the agri-food chain were brought together by MEP Angélique Delahaye to discuss the importance of promoting biodiversity throughout the chain. This meeting was held as a follow-up to a previous working group event that took place in May, which tackled the topic of biodiversity in food production. …