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8.30 a.m. | Registration and coffee

9.00 a.m. | Opening remarks

9.10 a.m. | Keynote speech

  • Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of International Resource Panel hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme

Discussion with EESC Members and the audience

10.00 a.m. | Panel 1: Addressing the interlinkages between social and environmental inequalities in the EU

Moderator: Peter Schmidt rapporteur of the opinion SC/53

  • Barbara Caracciolo, Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality task force and SOLIDAR
  • Aleksandra Kazmierczak, European Environment Agency
  • Kélig Puyet, Social Platform and member of the EESC Liaison Group
  • Jan Noterdaeme, CSR Europe

11.00 a.m. | Coffee break

11.15 a.m. | Panel 2: Ensuring a fair sharing of the costs and benefits of the transition to sustainability

Moderator: Lutz Ribbe, co-rapporteur of the SC/53 opinion

  • Céline Charveriat, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
  • Guido Lena, SMEunited
  • Benjamin Denis, ETUC
  • René Mono, Bündnis Bürgerenergie (German Citizen Energy Association)
  • Jan Mayrhofer, European Youth Forum

12.15 p.m. | Response by European Commission representatives

  • Astrid Schomaker, Director Global Sustainable Development, European Commission, DG Environment
  • Jiri Svarc, Head of Unit Social Investment Strategy,  European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs


12.45 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Peter Schmidt, rapporteur and Lutz Ribbe, co-rapporteur

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