Building a green economic transition

Tue 13, October 2020
14:30 - 16:00 CET
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnZXSoEA0sE&featur ...

The Green Deal was designed as the new growth strategy for Europe. A roadmap to make the right choices transforming Europe into a sustainable and climate neutral economy by 2050.

To promote recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, Europe will need post-pandemic stimulus transformation plans that put the fight against climate change at the centre of Europe’s economic policy.

Learn more about the Green Deal and why it should be at the heart of the EU’s post-pandemic recovery plan.

This is a core session of the young elected politicians (YEPs) programme, giving an overview of the Green Deal, outlining the main ongoing initiatives and providing an update on the future planning.

Lino Paula, Head of sector, European Research Council Executive Agency, Belgium.
Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Head of European Affairs, Bioplastics, Belgium.
Giulia Gregori, Head of Strategic Planning and Institutional Communication, Novamont, Italy.
Daniel Mes, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Timmermans, European Commission, Belgium.
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Committee of the Regions - D.2 Events
English (EN)

Session summary

This session started with a briefing by Daniel Mes on the latest developments concerning  the European Green Deal. The plan to make the EU a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 touches upon all domains of people's lives. The role of the EU is to point out the goal and ensure consistency between the different actions of all involved stakeholders.

Ms Giulia Gregori and Ms Joanna Dupont-Inglis, respectively from the Italian company Novamont and from European Bioplastics, shared their views and examples on how private-public partnerships are key to translating the European Green Deal into success, especially at local and regional levels. Indeed, production relies on infrastructures and local and regional authorities can play a role in ensuring an environment that fosters innovation.

The discussions touched on waste management and free circulation, wind turbines, hydrogne soultions and the need for policies and frameworks to make those solutions viable.

Take away message

Private-public partnerships are key to moving the green economic transition ahead. For this, working groups who gather stakeholders from various sectors (university, government, LRAs, big companies and SMEs) are crucial to creating economically viable solutions that will bring benefits to all.

"The people who are at the forefront of dealing with citizens' expectations are the people dealing with local politics", Daniel Mes