European Strategy on Plastic WasteEESC, VM3 meeting room, Rue Van Maerlant/Van Maerlantstraat 2 - Brussels, Belgium The EESC Hearing on a European Plastic Waste Strategy will look into the life cycle of plastics, from design choices affecting the recyclability of plastic products, extended producer responsibility for plastic waste streams and the role of sustainable consumer behavior, to waste collection systems and the technical challenges to recycling and recovery. The participants will discuss policy options towards zero plastic waste from the perspectives of producers, consumers and public authorities.
"Seeing European Agriculture differently"Seminar -
Brussels, Belgium On Wednesday 26 June, 2013, the Various Interests Group of the EESC organised a seminar, in collaboration with the European Farmers' organisation COPA COGECA, on the theme: "Seeing European Agriculture differently". Participants discussed economic developments in European agriculture, the CAP, the management and financing of agricultural markets, and assess a geostrategic analysis of agricultural markets: trends and risks and a comparative evaluation of the main global agricultural policies.
Food for citizensFrom a common agricultural policy to a common food policy Conference -
Vilnius, Lithuania After the horse meat scandal, mad cow disease, swine flu and E.Coli cases in cucumbers, the question remains: is food safety chimera or reality in Europe?
On 21 June 2013, Vilnius brought together decision makers, experts, consumers and representatives from the food and agriculture sector to analyse the state of food-related issues and propose solutions to current problems.
Reinforce the transparency of the food chain to restore confidenceBrussels, Belgium The "Consumers and Environment Category" and the "Farmers" Category’ held a joint meeting on Wednesday 5 June 2013, to which a number of guest speakers and representatives of farmers’ and consumer organisations were invited to speak, under the title “Reinforce the transparency of the food chain to restore confidence".
Brussels: city of beesBrussels, Belgium The event will highlight the issue of pollinator decline and the role of urban beekeeping as a communication tool, as well as a practical contribution to urban biodiversity. Policy approaches to addressing pollinator decline will be outlined.
Towards smart and sustainable water use in agricultureBrussels, Belgium Conference on water use in agriculture. Participants will exchange experience and discuss solutions towards increasing water productivity and improving the resilience of rural landscapes to extreme water events. They will also look at water pricing and other economic tools aimed at more efficient water use in agriculture.
Ready for the future ?Debate -
Brussels, Belgium On Monday 25 March, the NAT Section will hold a conference "Ready for the future?" to discuss how the bioeconomy can promote the development of a more innovative, more resource-efficient and more competitive society.
A Green Economy for Europe – are we getting there?Public Hearing - EESC Brussels VMA 3 meeting room, Rue Van Maerlant 2 Belgium Brussels, Belgium The EESC is currently drawing up 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 on 12 March should provide input for this opinion from experts and civil society stakeholders. It should also promote the civil society debate on the green economy. Specific attention will be given to the greening of the economy in times of economic and financial crisis.
European civil society workshop on Sustainable Development GoalsVM3 meeting room, Rue Van Maerlant/Van Maerlantstraat 2 - 1040 Brussels, Belgium The EESC Sustainable Development Observatory has organised, together with ANPED, EEB and CIDSE a European civil society workshop on Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim of the workshop was to provide the space to advance the civil society discussion on SDGs in order to make concrete proposals. European representatives of UN Major Groups and EESC members have had the opportunity to influence the EU decision making process on SDGs and to identify how to influence the UN process.