The NAT section is responsible for issues such as the sustainable use of natural resources, the common agricultural policy (CAP), the EU Sustainable Development Strategy and policies to combat climate change.
Air quality, biodiversity, waste management, fisheries, forestry, organic farming, food safety, animal welfare and civil protection are some of the specific topics we work on.
The Section is currently chaired by Brendan Burns, from Group I (Employers), who has been a member of the Committee since 2006. The section is composed of 96 members.
Besides its opinions, the Section also organises numerous hearings and conferences. It has a huge network of contacts within the European institutions, national authorities, economic and social partners and NGOs.
We are convinced that better agricultural and environmental policies could provide solutions to the economic crisis, which has had such a damaging impact on European growth, employment and purchasing power.
We need to safeguard the 40 million jobs in the agricultural sector, to preserve our forests and countryside, and to cut food waste, since 40 % of what we produce currently ends up in the rubbish bin.
Within this perspective, the Section’s recent work has covered practical topics such as CAP reform, the Common Fisheries Policy, financing rural development programmes, preparations for the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, plastic waste disposal, and sustainable aquaculture.