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Archive: April 2011

Learning from a practical dreamer - Brazil

28 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

President Nilsson talking to Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff at the end of the CDES plenary session which EESC delegation attended
Thanks to EU-Brazil Civil Society Round Table, which ended just yesterday in Brasilia, I have acquired a deeper insight into this vibrant nation. Brazil is a country to which we Europeans could start paying more attention and from which we have much to learn. As an emerging economic power and given the proven impact of civil society input into the country’s social inclusion policies, I feel Brazil deserves more credit for its increased involvement in the global political agenda. We had the opportunity to meet Brazilian civil society and discuss topics related to food security, inevitably linking it to agricultural production and resource management, and the need to make it sustainable in social, economic and environmental terms. Read More...

Food for everyone – towards a global deal

19 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

Food security concerns us all, because it is about the earth's resources, which we all share and use, and because food is vital for life. That’s why we need to ensure that everybody in the world has enough food to eat or the resources and means to grow their own food. This is the case in the developing countries. We cannot accept that one in six people on our planet faces a daily struggle to find enough food to live. Read More...

Speak sustainable, build sustainable

14 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

Right at the start of this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week, we launched a groundbreaking and easy-to-use publication, a multilingual glossary entitled Let's Speak Sustainable Construction! At the EESC we work on EU policies and advise EU institutions, and the output of our work can often take a very practical form. This multilingual glossary of sustainable construction terms explained in and translated into almost every EU language proposes a common understanding of the terms that the various construction stakeholders are using on the ground. Construction stakeholders need to talk to each other, and this glossary is a pragmatic step towards more harmonised development of the EU's construction sector. Read More...

In Europe with the Roma

7 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

This week, the European Commission made proposals to give the EU Member States a joint framework for action with regard to the Roma community. The topic of the Roma brings me to a broader issue. Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain and only a few years after the EU expanded to include 27 Member States, peace in the EU seems to the younger generation to be the norm. However, this peace is very young, historically speaking: it was not so very long ago that we were at war. The people who lived through that time must speak about it to today's youngsters. Because, judging by the media and certain political leaders – who unfortunately enjoy increasingly broad support – it would appear that we are living in a time of violence and hatred in Europe. Read More...

Food for thought on EU agriculture

4 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

The basis for agriculture and forestry is the use of the photosynthesis which drives all earth's biological processes. No artificial system has been invented that can convert carbon atoms in the atmosphere into organic material so effectively. Plant photosynthesis captures energy from sunlight. Oxygen is also released during this process, which is the most important cycle in nature. It is plant cells that create growth in the real sense of the word. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the EU common agricultural policy (CAP), one of the most widely discussed and most widely questioned elements of EU cooperation, but also one of the most important for the EU, especially now when we need more than ever to work together on food supply issues. Read More...