Opening session

Setting the Scene: Challenges and expectations from the implementation of environmental legislation

EU Green Weekis  built  around  a  simple  truth –a law  is  only  useful  when  it  is  actually  put  into practice. With that Imind, delegates will be asking throughoutthe week how the implementation of  environmental  laws  can  beimproved.  What  works,  what  doesn’t,  where  are  the  bottlenecks, and  how  can  they  be  removed?  This  opening  session  will  set  the  scene  by  looking  at implementation from a variety of angles, with stories from national, regional and local authorities, business,  andelements  of  civil  society.  Delegates  will  be  asking  can  these  successesbe replicated in places where they are needed most?

Speakers:

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

Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille

Nicolas Humez, Regulatory Affairs Director, SARP Industries and Chairman, Hazardous Waste Europe

Ester Asin, Director, WWF European Policy Office

Moderator:

Aminda Leigh, Moderators Europe