Opening session

Opening session

Europe needs policies that are good for its economy, good for the environment, and good for Europe's citizens. This opening session looks at how these priorities can be tackled at the same time, with actions that protect citizens, create employment, and safeguard the environment we depend on. Policymakers reflect on the challenges, asking, is the appetite there? Do we have the tools required? And what do we have to gain?


  • Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, European Commission


  • Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission
  • Jean Lambert, MEP, UK Green Party, European Parliament

Signing of social declaration onstage by Commissioner Vella and the Social Partners

  • Statement from the Social Partners - BusinessEurope, UEAPME, CEEP and ETUC
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:00
Plenary room