A Green Economy for Europe – are we getting there?
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) invites you to its event on "A Green Economy for Europe – are we getting there?" that will take place on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 from 09.30am to 13.00pm at the at EESC premises (meeting room VMA 3, 2nd floor)
The transition to a low carbon and resource efficient 'green' economy is of key importance for achieving the EU 2020 objective of a smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in Europe.
Greening the economy combines innovation, investment and economic modernization with reducing the use of scarce natural resources, thus improving European competitiveness and resilience in long-term while triggering growth and creating employment in short-term. In the follow-up to the United Nations Rio+20 conference in 2012, where the EU has advocated for a green economy as a way forward to sustainable development, the EU must now show action and put the concept into practice.
The EESC has on 23 May adopted an own-initiative opinion assessing whether the EU has the sufficient and coherent policy framework in place to make the transition to a green economy actually happen.
The hearing "A Green Economy for Europe – are we getting there?" on 12 March provided input for this opinion from experts and civil society stakeholders. It should also promote the civil society debate on the green economy. Specific attention was given to the greening of the economy in times of economic and financial crisis and measures to ensure investment. Furthermore, the importance of civil society involvement has been explored.