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8.30 – 9.00 | Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 – 10.15 | Opening and presentation of the SOER 2020

Moderator: Maurizio Reale, President, Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT)

Keynote presentation:

  • Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Reactions by:

  • Isabel Caño Aguilar, Vice-President, European Economic and Social Committee
  • Monika Skadborg, Member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union, Generation Climate Europe


10.15 – 11.15 | Panel discussion 1 – For a European Green and Social Deal: how can we ensure that no one is left behind?

Moderator: Peter Schmidt, President, Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO)

  • Céline Charveriat, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
  • Génon Jensen, Executive Director, Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL)
  • Félix Mailleux, Adviser, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • Dr. Tom Vöge, Head of EU Affairs, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


11.15 – 11.30 | Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 | Panel discussion 2 – How can we leverage civil society actions in sustainability transitions?

Moderator: Katja Rosenbohm, Head of Communications Programme, EEA

  • Olivier De Schutter, Co-chair, IPES Food
  • Alberto Arroyo, Policy manager, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 
  • Arthur Ten Wolde, Executive Director and Circular Economy expert,
  • Patrizia Heidegger, Director of Global Policies and Sustainability, European Environment Bureau (EEB) 


12.30 – 13.00 | Conclusions

  • Astrid Schomaker, Director, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
  • Peter Schmidt, President of the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory

13.00 |  Sandwich lunch

Participants can speak in FR DE EN IT ES PL and listen to FR DE EN PL


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