The week is over, action must continue!

Sessions on the final morning of the Brussels conference examined the judiciary’s role in implementing environmental laws. The discussion built on the outcomes of three mock trials at which students and young lawyers debated a fictitious wind power project. The conclusions underlined the need for a proper environmental impact assessment before starting development projects and citizens’ right to bring complaints to court.

The closing session, chaired by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, looked at environmental policy in the European legislative context but also included an international perspective and looked at the role of collaboration at the global level.

While the week has now come to an end, our action to improve implementation to create a healthy environment for all of us must continue. Further discussions will happen at many Green Week partner events planned around Europe until early June.

PS. If you missed the LIFE awards last night, check out the winners here

Sessions on the final morning of the Brussels conference examined the judiciary’s role in implementing environmental laws. The discussion built on the outcomes of three mock trials at which students and young lawyers debated a fictitious wind power project. The conclusions underlined the need for a proper environmental impact assessment before starting development projects and citizens’ right to bring complaints to court.

The closing session, chaired by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, looked at environmental policy in the European legislative context but also included an international perspective and looked at the role of collaboration at the global level.

While the week has now come to an end, our action to improve implementation to create a healthy environment for all of us must continue. Further discussions will happen at many Green Week partner events planned around Europe until early June.

PS. If you missed the LIFE awards last night, check out the winners here

Sessions on the final morning of the Brussels conference examined the judiciary’s role in implementing environmental laws. The discussion built on the outcomes of three mock trials at which students and young lawyers debated a fictitious wind power project. The conclusions underlined the need for a proper environmental impact assessment before starting development projects and citizens’ right to bring complaints to court.

The closing session, chaired by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, looked at environmental policy in the European legislative context but also included an international perspective and looked at the role of collaboration at the global level.

While the week has now come to an end, our action to improve implementation to create a healthy environment for all of us must continue. Further discussions will happen at many Green Week partner events planned around Europe until early June.

PS. If you missed the LIFE awards last night, check out the winners here

Quote of the day

Quote of the day

The need for strong environmental policies has never been so great.
If you believe in a greener future, make sure your voice is heard.
Don’t forget to vote in the European elections!

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

16-17 May – Developing a circular economy in Georgia

To support the growth of a circular economy, a number of things are essential. They include new types of expertise, co-operation between stakeholders, the right operational environment and a general change in attitudes and working methods.

Professionals, experts and decision makers in Georgia are looking to foster the creation of such a model through adaption of the educational system and elaboration of a framework that favours innovation and technological development. This should better enable manufacturers to design and make products that are easy to share, lease and reuse, while also boosting generation of renewable energy.

Organised by the Circular Economy Club Batumi, the Less Words, More Actions conference, which concluded today, was aimed at raising awareness of circular economy principles among students and young professionals. The conference thus tied in with the Circular Economy Club’s wider goal of keeping products and resources circulating within the economy for as long as possible so as to minimise waste. Such an approach should benefit Georgia’s economy and environment, and bring the country closer to the EU.

The conference began yesterday with a visit to Batumi botanical garden. Following an opening statement on the role of the judiciary in implementation of environmental legislation, a series of panel discussions were held today on issues including the potential impact of the circular economy on education, tourism, urban transport, health, investment and social enterprises. Other panels covered topics such as involvement of local people, girls and women in environmental protection, popularisation of environmental issues in the media and development of alternative energy in Georgia and the EU.

16-19 May – Conservation workshops and guided visits in Granada

A series of workshops and guided visits organised by Granada Science Park in Spain to mark EU Green Week continued today. The aim is to promote awareness of the need to conserve biodiversity and highlight the Science Park’s environmental work, while launching an individual and collective process of reflection to help ensure that citizens’ views on these issues are taken into account.

Workshops today covered the consequences of marine pollution for aquatic ecosystems, construction of ‘insect hotels’ to provide habitats for insects affected by deforestation or agriculture and use of earthworms in composting to create natural fertiliser. Guided visits took place to the Science Park’s biodome, where natural habitats from around the world have been recreated, to learn about the projects carried out there; to the Park’s Macroscope building to find out how plants and crops react to stress; and to the Park lagoon to observe a breeding project aimed at helping conserve the Spanish toothcarp, a threatened aquatic species.

Other workshops taking place during the event look at the importance to ecosystems of birds of prey, the Science Park’s insect conservation efforts and recovery of deforested areas. Further activities include the planting of a quince tree, the telling of the story of Emilio the vulture’s journey to the Science Park through the medium of Japanese paper theatre and a visit to an urban garden.

18.00-19.00 – An online course on circular fashion

A free, one-hour online course was held today to explore best EU policy implementation practices in the area of reuse, repair and recycling of clothing. The ‘Circular fashion: best practices in EU cities’ course provided background on the concept of circularity and its importance in fashion. It then analysed the development of European environmental policy as it relates to circular fashion and put the spotlight on those cities that are successfully engaging citizens and putting policy into practice, while raising the question of why others are failing to do so. Participants also learned about how they can benefit from EU environmental law and make their voices heard on the issue.

17-19 May – Biosfira festival begins in Alzira, Spain

The development of an integrated, prosperous, creative, sustainable and green urban model has become a priority for the city of Alzira, Spain. To support this process, its annual Biosfira festival, which began today, aims to promote behavioural changes on issues such as organic food, local products, fair trade, green mobility, CO2 reduction, healthy living, renewable energy, ethical banking and waste prevention.

Biosfira comprises four types of activity: awareness-raising talks, workshops, workshops for children, and concerts and performances. Today’s events included a children’s workshop on creative recycling of single-use items, talks on traditional consumption models and learning to live without plastic, yoga and aromatherapy sessions, a diversity workshop and a jazz concert.

Coming up tomorrow

Coming up tomorrow

Although EU Green Week 2019 ended today, partner events continue over the coming days and weeks, with several beginning during the weekend including a wandering tree parade in Bottrop, Germany in which potted plants take a walk around the city, and activities to promote the Natura 2000 network in Brod-Posavina county, Croatia.