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. …

Bees caring for Europeans. Europeans caring for Bees?

The European Week of Bees and Pollination, which was initiated in 2012, celebrated this year its 5th anniversary. The annual event offers the opportunity for representatives of the EU institutions, Member States, the beekeeping sector, farmers, NGOs, the scientific community, and industry from fields related to bees and biodiversity to …

New Tools for Farming in the Circular Economy

Policy-makers and stakeholders gathered in the European Parliament to discuss the recently updated Fertilisers Regulation underlining that the creation of a single market is crucial in order to provide businesses and farmers with the variety of tools needed to achieve a circular economy. Jan Huitema MEP chaired on the 26th …

Managing Forests for Sustainable Wood

Key policy-makers, forest owners, forest industry representatives, and experts from the environmental and nature conservation sector were gathered in the European Parliament by MEP Elisabeth Köstinger and MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri at the breakfast meeting entitled “Managing Forests for Sustainable Wood”to discuss the role of sustainable management of EU’s forests in …

The Value of Biodiversity for Agriculture

Policy-makers, Member States, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders were brought together by MEP Angélique Delahaye on the 4th of May in the European Parliament, Brussels to discuss the value of biodiversity for agriculture focusing on how to support biodiversity while supporting the agricultural sector. Angélique Delahaye MEP …

The Need for Long-Term Investments in the Water Sector

The European Parliament welcomed representatives working in the domain of water to discuss the importance of ensuring long-term investments in the sector and how they can best be materialised. It was stressed that investing in water is essential for sustainable growth also highlighting the complexity of ensuring the best use …