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    Integrated territorial investments – a challenge for EU cohesion policy after 2020

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2017
 

Workshop "Municipal Waste Management and Prevention", 11th meeting of the CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment

Workshop co-organised with DG ENV on "Municipal Waste Management and Prevention", 11th meeting of the CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment. With participation of the rapporteur.

 
21 Nov
 

European Parliament: Motion for Resolution - vote in Plenary

13-16/11 vote in EP Plenary; Co-sponsors Pietikäinen, Bonafè, Demesmaeker, Gerbrandy, Flanagan, Jávor

 
13 Nov
 

Participation of CoR Rapporteur Lundy in 4th Atlantic Stakeholder Conference in Glasgow, UK

The annual Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (ASPC) offers a great transnational publicity opportunity to deliver the Atlantic Action Plan (AAP) key messages and further promote awareness of its achievements. The annual conference is the central hub for stakeholders of the Atlantic Strategy to meet, seek ways of cooperation, share information and identify funding opportunities and partnerships for their projects.
Mr Lundy will participate in the official ceremony on 07 Nov as well as in the High-Level Steering Group Meeting on 06 Nov.

 
08 Nov
 

European Commission initiative on environmental compliance assurance

REFIT initiative to ensure proper implementation and enforcement of environmental regulation, including environmental compliance assurance (date tbc)

 
15 Oct
 

Joint CoR-UNISDR high-level policy event "Disaster Risk Management in European Regions - Towards Reducing the Number of Affected People"

The high-level conference will take into account also the conclusions of fact-finding mission of the CoR to Italy that took place on 25 and 26 May 2017 in the four Italian regions hit by multiple earthquakes in 2016 and 2017. It will look into concrete measures including an exchange of good practices and funding available at EU level, and focus on preventive measures targeted at saving lives and livelihoods in possible future disasters.

The CoR-UNISDR action plan seeks to translate the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 into ideas for local and regional governments by engaging both institutions to strengthen the implementation and coordination of disaster risk reduction actions at local level in Europe. The Plan also foresees a joint event in Brussels on the International Day for Disaster Reduction, whose theme in 2017 is Sendai Target (b): Substantially reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030, aiming to lower the average global figure per 100,000 between 2020-2030 compared to 2005-2015.

Furthermore, building resilience has been proposed as one of the main themes for the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) in October 2017, a traditional annual event co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission.

 
12 Oct
 

Joint CoR-UNISDR high-level policy event "Disaster Risk Management in European Regions - Towards Reducing the Number of Affected People"

Description:
The high-level conference will take into account also the conclusions of fact-finding mission of the CoR to Italy that took place on 25 and 26 May 2017 in the four Italian regions hit by multiple earthquakes in 2016 and 2017. It will look into concrete measures including an exchange of good practices and funding available at EU level, and focus on preventive measures targeted at saving lives and livelihoods in possible future disasters.

The CoR-UNISDR action plan seeks to translate the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 into ideas for local and regional governments by engaging both institutions to strengthen the implementation and coordination of disaster risk reduction actions at local level in Europe. The Plan also foresees a joint event in Brussels on the International Day for Disaster Reduction, whose theme in 2017 is Sendai Target (b): Substantially reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030, aiming to lower the average global figure per 100,000 between 2020-2030 compared to 2005-2015.

Furthermore, building resilience has been proposed as one of the main themes for the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) in October 2017, a traditional annual event co-organised by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission.

 
12 Oct
 

Workshop during the European Week for Cities and Regions

Rapporteur's participation in the workshop on The contribution of social economy enterprises to cohesion and resilience in cities and regions, in the context of the European Week for Cities and Regions 2017

 
11 Oct
 

European Week of Regions and Cities workshop "Nature protection in cross-border areas", 9th meeting of the CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment

European Week of Regions and Cities workshop "Nature protection in cross-border areas", organised by the EGTC Platform and the CoR Interregional Group on cross-border cooperation. 9th meeting of the CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment. With participation of the rapporteur

 
10 Oct
 

CoR hosts Conference on Old Growth Forest Protection

Rapporteur hosts and speaks at Conference on Old Growth Forest Protection

 
13 Sep
 

Stakeholder meetings by the rapporteur

Meetings with key stakeholders (landuser organisations, NGOs)

 
12 Sep
 

European Parliament: Motion for Resolution - vote in ENVI

31/08, ENVI vote on OQ and consideration of draft motion for resolution; 06/09 deadline for amendments in ENVI;
Co-sponsors Pietikäinen, Bonafè, Demesmaeker, Gerbrandy, Flanagan, Jávor

 
07 Sep
 

TAIEX EIR Peer to Peer Launch event at the CoR,

TAIEX EIR Peer to Peer Launch event at the CoR, co-organised between DG Environment and ENVE secretariat. Opening speech by the rapporteur.

 
07 Sep
 

Rapporteur speaks to Expert Group Greening the Semester & Environmental Implementation Review

Rapporteur speaks to Expert Group Greening the Semester & Environmental Implementation Review/09/2017:

 
06 Sep
 

EP ENVI consideration of motion for resolution on the "Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy".

The draft resolution stresses the importance of taking immediate, substantial and additional efforts in order to achieve the 2020 targets. In addition, it calls on the Commission to come forward with several proposals, such as an EU initiative on pollinators and a proposal for the development of a Trans-European Network for Green Infrastructure (TEN-G). The latter has also been called for by the CoR opinion.
Co-sponsors MEPs: Herbert Dorfmann (PPE), Karin Kadenbach (S&D), Mark Demesmaeker (ECR), Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE), Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL), Benedek Jávor (Verts/ALE), Mireille D'Ornano (ENF)

 
31 Aug
 

Informal Council meeting of Health ministers

The rapporteur gave a speech at the Informal Council meeting of Health ministers on 21 July 2017.

 
21 Jul
 

Plenary Session

The opinion was adopted during the Plenary session

 
12 Jul
 

Adoption of the CoR opinion in Plenary

The opinion on "Territorial Classification and Typologies" was adopted in Plenary.

 
12 Jul
 

Meeting with EP Budget Committee Vice-Chair Mr. Muresan

Mr Snatarsiero and his expert Mr Masi met on 12 July with the vice-chair of the EP Budget Committee to discuss possible EU policy on seismic prevention.

 
12 Jul
 

Adoption on the opinion on International Ocean Governance in CoR Plenary Session

Adoption on the opinion on International Ocean Governance in CoR Plenary Session with unanimity.

 
12 Jul
 

Policy discussion with DG REGIO, DG ECHO and DG RTD

In the morning of 12 July the rapporteur participated in a policy discussion jointly organised by the NAT secretariat, the services of the European Commission and Prof Masi. The EC services represented by experts were the directorates general for regional policy (REGIO), humanitarian aid and civil protection (ECHO) and research (via JRC). The subject of the discussion was the development of a common EU policy on seismic requalification of buildings and preventive measures to save lives and livelyhoods from Earthquakes and other natural disasters.

 
12 Jul
 

Presentation of Draft Opinion in European Parliament

CoR Rapporteur Santarsiero presented the draft opinion on "A EU Policy on Seismic Requalification of Buildings" in the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions took part in the discussion in the presence of Mr. Nicola De Michelis, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Corina Crețu (Regional Policy)

 
11 Jul
 

Meeting with European Parliament's Rapporteur on International Ocean Governance Jose Ignacio Faria

On 11 July 2017 Mr Buchanan met with EP's Rapporteur on International Ocean Governance Jose Ignacio Faria and his team. The main point of the discussion was the impact of discussed IOG measures on EU's local and regional authorities and how they can plan and build their local economies around those measures in a sustainable way.

 
11 Jul
 

Meeting with MEP Enrique Guerrero Salom

The meeting is a follow-up on the global conference in Cancun, where both Mr Banaszak and Mr Guerrero Salom participated as members of the EU delegation. Subject of the discussion were joint future activities on disaster reduction and promotion of resilience.

 
11 Jul
 

A debate on Alcohol during the Almedalen Week

The rapporteur Ms Karlsson will speak in the debate on alcohol during the Almedalen Week.

This is an annual event taking place within Almedalen, a park in the city of Visby on the Swedish island Gotland. It is considered to be the most important forum in Swedish politics.

 
04 Jul
 

External ENVE Conference Tallinn - ENERGY UNION

Rapporteur moderator of a specialised conference session, disseminating his position to be finalised, obtaining further advice from leading academic and NGO experts and enlisting support of the Estonian Council Presidency for the CoR's concerns on behalf of local and regional authorities

 
03 Jul
 

European Parliament Research Service (EPRS) seminar - The future of Europe debate: the cohesion policy perspective

The rapporteur will be take part in the discussion panel together with several MEPs and academics specialised in the field.

 
30 Jun
 

Space Solutions for Resilience in the Mediterranean - Ministerial conference

Organised by the Presidency. CoR Rapporteur delivering a keynote address.

 
27 Jun
 

Keynote address by the rapporteur CEMR Group on Climate/ Energy transition

Joint policy recommendations discussed on the EC Winter package on the Energy Union with key stakeholders, to highlight local anbd regional interests, with a focus on energy union governance

 
21 Jun
 

Solidarity with Italy: €1.2 billion of EU funds to support reconstruction works after the earthquakes

The Commission proposes to mobilise €1.2 billion under the EU Solidarity Fund, the highest sum ever mobilised in a single instalment, following the earthquakes of 2016 and 2017 in the Italian regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria.

The EU Solidarity Fund will support reconstruction operations and regenerate economic activity in the affected regions. The money can also be used to cover the costs of emergency services, temporary accommodations and clean-up operation, and of protection measures for cultural heritage sites, in order to relieve the financial burden borne by the Italian authorities at the time.

A first disbursement of aid worth €30 million was already released in December 2016. The proposed aid now has to be approved by the European Parliament and by the Council.

 
21 Jun
 

CoR ENVE session of the EUSEW (Energy Week)

Disseminatoion of the rapporteur's work, discussion with key stakeholders, and work towards a joint position with regards to the EC's proposals under the latest Winter package (Energy Union) of 30 November 2016 - local and regional interests and, notably, amendments suggested to the draft regulation on governance to be supported by the European Parliament

 
20 Jun
 

Visit of Director General Calleja Crespo to the rapporteur in Luxemburg

Visit to exchange on the work undertaken by SICONA, an association set up by the Luxemburgish municipalities which manages the Natura 2000 sites (including through LIFE projects). The rapporteur is President of the Association.

 
19 Jun
 

Council Conclusions on the "Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy"

Council Conclusions on the "Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy".
The Council "welcomes the role that the EU institutions can play in supporting the delivery of the Action Plan, and in particular the Committee of the Regions as regards outreach and building ownership at regional and local level", and "urges the European Commission to monitor its delivery across the 15 actions identified therein, in close collaboration with the Member States and the EU institutions, in particular the Committee of the Regions, the European Environment Agency, and all other relevant stakeholders."

 
19 Jun
 

Meeting with the forthcoming Estonian Presidency

The rapporteur met the Health councillor, Ms Täht to discuss Estonian presidency's priorities.

 
15 Jun
 

The EU Platform on Food losses and food waste to meet on the 14 June 2017

The EU Platform on Food losses and food waste to meet on the 14 June 2017. The rapporteur, Mr Ossi Martikainen is an official member of the Platform.

 
14 Jun
 

Article in The Guardian

The newspaper The Guardian published an article by Bart Somers where he describes Mechelen's approach against radicalisation and terrorism. The title of the article is "My Belgian city has shown we are not defenceless against terror".

 
14 Jun
 

European Parliament adopts agreement for allocation of ERDF funding to regions hit by disasters

On Tuesday 13 June, the European Parliament adopted by a large majority (625 votes for, 5 against, 28 abstentions), the agreement struck during the inter-institutional negotiations on the regulation on common provisions (regulation 1303/2013) to amend the modalities for allocating the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to regions devastated by natural disasters. Therefore, the rate of co-financing from the EU is now set at 95%, to the great disappointment of the European Commission, which wanted 100% (see EUROPE 11795). A 5% ceiling on total ERDF allocations was set in an effort to prevent abuse of the ERDF by the regions. The starting date of eligibility of expenditure of beneficiaries will have retroactive effect in order to allow for the eligibility of expenditure incurred and paid from the date when the natural disaster occurred. The regulation will apply retroactively from 1 January 2014.

 
13 Jun
 

Adoption of the EP resolution in Plenary

The European Parliament adopted its resolution on Building blocks for a post-2020 EU cohesion policy.

 
13 Jun
 

The rapporteur spoke in a panel discussion on alcohol in Stockholm

The rapporteur Ms Karlsson spoke in a panel discussion on a need to reduce alcohol consumption, alongside the Swedish MEP, Ms Jytte Guteland.

 
09 Jun
 

European Commission Report "Actions to Streamline Environmental Reporting"

Report from the European Commission "Actions to Streamline Environmental Reporting" (COM(2017) 312 final), accompanied by European Commission Staff Working Document "Fitness check of Reporting and Monitoring of EU Environment Policy accompanying the document"(SWD(2017) 230 final).
The report takes into consideration several of the CoR outlook opinions' recommendations. The Staff Working Document refers to the CoR contribution to the fitness-check by the CoR Outlook Opinion.

 
09 Jun
 

Meeting with European Commission/DG MARE

CoR Rapporteur met with representatives of the European Commission in charge of the Atlantic Action Plan, discussing the future of the Strategy and the Action plan, as well as the mid-term review of the plan.

 
09 Jun
 

Meeting with DG Research

CoR Rapporteur Jerry Lundy met with a representative of DG RESEARCH in charge of the scientific part of the Plan. Part of the discussion was also the South Atlantic science partnership.

 
09 Jun
 

Conference of the Network of the Environmental Protection Agencies on "Recommendations towards the EU Plastics Strategy"

The rapporteur speaks at the conference

 
08 Jun
 

Participation in the Active School Communities meeting

The school setting is fundamental to establishing positive experiences of physical activity engagement early in life. But the prevalence of inactivity is increasing among children with reductions in physical education hours and competing sedentary activities during and outside the school day. Creating positive change in schools and the broader community setting demands support from a number of actors across sectors as well as a holistic approach.

The Active School Communities project, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, responds to this task: national sport organisations from 6 European countries are facilitating the development of partnerships between community sport organisations and schools, with the view to offering alternative ways of fitting physical activity into the school day.

 
08 Jun
 

CoR Rapporteur Lundy participates in Atlantic Steering Group

On 08 June 2017, CoR rapporteur Mr Lundy Participated in the meeting of the Atlantic Steering group together with his expert Mr. Gerry Finn.

Among the topics discussed during the meeting were the annual stakeholder event of the group, the possibilities for synergies in the touristic sector on the occasion of EU-China Tourism Year (DG GROW), renewable energies and marine science (DG ENERGY), preparations for the Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation - Conference in Lisbon on 13-14 July (DR RTD). DG MARE presented an update from DG MARE on the Mid-Term Review of the Atlantic Strategy and the future of the assistance mechanism.

The meeting took place in the permanent representation of the UK.

 
08 Jun
 

SEDEC commission

Adoption of the opinion in the SEDEC commission

 
08 Jun
 

Appointment of Rapporteur

Mr Cecconi was appointed rapporteur for the Estonian Presidency referral opinion

 
08 Jun
 

CoR conference on Sustainable Fisheries in the Black Sea

Building on the committment of the CoR NAT Commission to promoting sustainable governance of ocean resources, CoR members participated in a policy event on sustainable fisheries in the Black Sea, Chaired by CoR Rapporteur Buchanan.

The Black Sea region is a great example for the need of sustainable governance of ocean resources in the contect of shared stocks with non-EU countries.

 
07 Jun
 

Harnessing the Bioeconomy Potential of European Regions

Mrs Budde, in her capacity as the CoR rapporteur on Bioeconomy, presented the opinion at the conference held at the European Committee of the Regions and organised by the European Chemical Regions Network.

 
07 Jun
 

Launch Conference "An Action Plan for nature, people and the economy"

Co-organised by the European Commisison and the CoR, at the CoR.
With participation of EC First Vice President Timmermans, EC Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Vella and CoR First-Vice President Karl-Heinz Lambertz, ENVE 1st Vice-Chair Witold Stępień, with12 ENVE members in total attending.

 
06 Jun
 

Public Hearing on Entrepreneurship on European Islands

This Public Hearing is a follow-up activity of the CoR opinion on “Entrepreneurship on Islands: contributing towards territorial cohesion” and the opinions on “Smart Island” and “Inclusive Island” initiatives adopted by the EESC .

The majority of insular SMEs are micro-enterprises – with fewer than ten employees – which produce and produce a large part of the economic value in islands.

Craft professions – carpenter, butcher, baker, roofer, metal worker or information technician – are at the heart of European islands communities. They produce mainly within their local base, ensure jobs and vocational training for young and old, and make an essential contribution to innovation in the European economy.
Craft and small enterprises face particular problems due to their small size and limited resources. The globalisation of the economy and enlargements of the EU have also considerably changed the challenges that these enterprises face. Starting up a new business and getting the required capital is a challenge, as is finding the right kind of finance to expand an established business. Due to their limited resources and remoteness they suffer more from red tape and administrative burdens than mainland enterprises.

The public hearing will examine if existing policies and tools to support SMEs are sufficient for insular SMEs or some new tools or mechanism, mentioned also in the opinions, are needed to help these companies to tackle obstacles and participate on a equal foot in the integration process and assure therefore a level playing field.

 
02 Jun
 

Online survey of the CoR study on "Effective multi-level environmental governance for a better implementation of EU environment legislation"

Online survey of the CoR study on "Effective multi-level environmental governance for a better implementation of EU environment legislation"

 
01 Jun
 

Draft opinion adopted at the NAT commission meeting

The rapporteur presented his draft opinion to the members of the NAT commission. The opinion was adopted by majority.

 
01 Jun
 

Meeting with EP rapporteur Mrs Krehl

Discussion of ams to the EP report taking on board local and regional issues

 
31 May
 

Participation in the conference "Le citta per camminare e della salute" in Rome, Italy

Participation in the conference "Le citta per camminare e della salute" in Rome, Italy

 
30 May
 

Legislative proposal on the ESC

The European Commission published the legislative proposal on the European Solidarity Corps (COM (2017) 262 final).

 
30 May
 

Nomination of EP rapporteur

CULT Committee appointed Helga Trüpel (Greens/EA) as rapporteur of the ESC file.

 
30 May
 

Fact-Finding Field Visit of the Conference of Presidents and the NAT Commission to Central Italy

The COP / NAT Field Visit to Central Italy, regions affected by the earthquakes took place on 25 to 26 May 2017.

The towns visited were Compotosto in Abruzzo; Peascara del Tronto, Amandola, Cosmari in Marche; Norcia in Umbria; Amatrice in Lazio.

BBC News report

 
25 May
 

Fact-Finding Field Visit of the Conference of Presidents and the NAT Commission to Central Italy

The COP / NAT Field Visit to Central Italy, regions affected by the earthquakes took place on 25 to 26 May 2017.

The towns visited were Compotosto in Abruzzo; Peascara del Tronto, Amandola, Cosmari in Marche; Norcia in Umbria; Amatrice in Lazio.

BBC News report

 
25 May
 

Field visit to Central Italy

A delegation of 9 CoR Members including CoR President Markku Markkula and CoR Vice-President Karl Heinz-Lambertz visited the four regions affected by the earthquakes.

In 2016 and 2017, Central Italy was hit by violent seismic activity, concentrated in the regions of Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche. This was the largest series of tremors since 2009, when an earthquake near L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region killed over 300 people and displaced over 60 000. Four major earthquakes struck Central Italy again near L'Aquila on 18 January 2017.

Ansa.it news report

Ansa.Marche news report

Terremoto: Comitato Europeo Regioni in visita ai luoghi dei sisma

CoR news

CoR news

La Voce del territorio

Umbria Domani

 
25 May
 

Objectives of the Field Visit to the regions affected by earthquakes

The objectives of the field visit were to show political support for the affected regions; to exchange best practices: to receive information on the state of play and the strategy for managing the impact of the earthquakes by each region, with a view to translating this into policy recommendations and to receive information on the Italian civil protection mechanism.

TG 3 video report

TGRAI video report

TERREMOTO: D'Alfonso, delegazione comitato europeo delle Regioni, in visita a Campotosto

SISMA CENTRO ITALIA: COMITATO REGIONI UE A CAMPOTOSTO; D'ALFONSO ''PIU' RISORSE

 
25 May
 

Field visit to Central Italy

A delegation of 9 CoR Members including CoR President Markku Markkula and CoR Vice-President Karl Heinz-Lambertz visited the four regions affected by the earthquakes.

In 2016 and 2017, Central Italy was hit by violent seismic activity, concentrated in the regions of Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche. This was the largest series of tremors since 2009, when an earthquake near L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region killed over 300 people and displaced over 60 000. Four major earthquakes struck Central Italy again near L'Aquila on 18 January 2017.

Ansa.it news report

Ansa.Marche news report

 
25 May
 

Objectives of the Field Visit to the regions affected by the earthquakes

The objectives of the field visit were to show political support for the affected regions; to exchange best practices: to receive information on the state of play and the strategy for managing the impact of the earthquakes by each region, with a view to translating this into policy recommendations and to receive information on the Italian civil protection mechanism.

TG 3 video report

TGRAI video report

 
25 May
 

Committee of the Regions represented at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Cancún, Mexico on 22-26 May

Adam Banaszak (PL/ECR) , vice-president of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Regional Assembly, was representing European local and regional government at the global conference, as part of the official EU delegation. Followig up on the CoR's opinion on the Action Plan on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 , Mr Banaszak underlined that achieving the key objective of the Action Plan of increasing the number of countries with national and local risk-management plans by 2020, requires the different tiers of government in different countries to work together.

 
22 May
 

Council negotiating mandate

The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agrees on a Council negotiating mandate.
In comparison to the CoR position and the more ambitious EP position, the negotiating mandate is less ambitious and e.g. lowers the 2025 and 2030 preparing for re-use and recycling targets for municipal and for packaging waste.

 
19 May
 

CoR event "Alliance on the Future of Cohesion Policy in the EU"

  • The CoR organised, in association with AER, AEBR, CPMR, CEMR, and Eurocities an event on the Future of Cohesion Policy, which called upon all relevant actors at EU, national, regional and local level to build an alliance for a strong and ambitious cohesion policy after 2020.

 
18 May
 

EP REGI: Adoption of the draft report

The EP REGI committee adopted the draft own-initiative report on "Building blocks for a post 2020 EU cohesion policy" during an extraordinary REGI meeting in Strasbourg.

 
18 May
 

First discussion and adoption of the draft opinion in COTER

The COTER commission discussed the draft opinion on "Territorial Classification and Typologies" and adopted it by a majority

 
17 May
 

Joint CoR/MT Presidency Workshop on Regeneration of Port Cities and Port Areas

Within the framework of the opinion on "Regeneration of Port Cities and Port Areas" led by Mr Stanislaw Szwabski, Member of Gdynia City Council, the European Committee of the Regions jointly with the Maltese Presidency are cooperating to put that matter on the European agenda.

This workshop will include testimonies from cities, port authorities and terminal operators on what kind of challenges and opportunities have to be faced to revitalize port cities and areas. Representatives of the European Commission will explain how the Union can support these projects from different angles.

Finally, participants will have the opportunity to know more on best practices related to the promotion of ports and cities synergies to achieve integrated territorial development. This workshop is co-organized in closed cooperation with the EFIP, ECSA, ESPO, FEPORT and the AIVP whose representatives will enrich the discussion.

 
16 May
 

S3Chem - Smart Chemistry Specialisation Strategy Interregional Working Group Meeting and Dissemination Conference

Mrs Budde, in her capacity as the CoR rapporteur on Bioeconomy, presented the opinion at the conference held in Milan, Italy, organised by the European Chemical Regions Network.

 
16 May
 

Launch event of European Natura 2000 Day

Participation of CoR First Vice-President Karl-Heinz Lambertz in the launch event of European Natura 2000 Day, with Commissioner Vella

 
15 May
 

EP adopts the report on Initiative on resource efficiency

The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on Initiative on resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety during its Plenary session on 15 May 2017.

In the EP report, many paragraphs include ideas and wording orginating from the amendments channeled through the CoR. More in particular, paragraphs on the key role to play of local and regional authorities in reducing food waste.

 
15 May
 

Adoption of the opinion during the 123rd plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions

The opinion was adopted by unanimity

 
11 May
 

Adoption of the opinion during the 123rd plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions

The opinion was adopted by unanimity

 
11 May
 

Adoption of the CoR opinion in Plenary

The CoR opinion on "The Future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020" was adopted in Plenary.

 
11 May
 

Public hearing on the challenges and opportunities arising from the current State Aid rules for SGEI

The CoR rapporteur, Markus Töns, presented his opinion at a public hearing organised by the EESC on the challenges and opportunities arising from the current State Aid rules for SGEI. The public hearing was part of the EESC preparatory work in order to issue an own-initiative opinion on the Application of the Decision on public compensation for the provision of services of general economic interest (2012/21/UE).The CoR rapporteur also presented the preliminary conclusions of a study commissioned by the CoR on the Implementation of the Decision and the Framework on SGEIs: involvement of LRAs in the reporting exercise and state of play as regards the assessment of social services as economic activities.

 
10 May
 

100% Youth City Seminar

The rapporteur represented the CoR in Braga, PT at the 100% Youth City seminar.

 
08 May
 

Participation in the conference "Cities changeing Diabetes" in Rome

Participation in the conference "Cities changeing Diabetes" in Rome

 
05 May
 

ENVE Commission study visit on "Better implementation of EU nature and water directives and their harmonisation with economic interests -the example of the Ems Masterplan 2050 in Lower Saxony"

ENVE Commission study visit on "Better implementation of EU nature and water directives and their harmonisation with economic interests -the example of the Ems Masterplan 2050 in Lower Saxony", hosted by Ms Birgit Honé (DE/PES)

 
05 May
 

ENVE Commission study visit on "Better implementation of EU nature and water directives and their harmonisation with economic interests -the example of the Ems Masterplan 2050 in Lower Saxony

Rapporteur participates.

 
05 May
 

RURAL post-2020 : more ambitious, more transversal!

A successful EU Rural Policy is at the heart of many Europeans living across the continent. Home to al-most 50% of the EU's population, European rural areas determine how many European live and see their future.
In the context of the discussion of the EU's future policies, the European Committee of the Regions and Rurality-Environment-Development are dedicating this conference to how rural areas can and should contribute to the EU's ambitions. How do we envisage Europe's future policies on rural territories? The Cork 2.0 Declaration provides an overview of stakeholder wishes: how can these interests and objectives be translated into political commitment?

 
04 May
 

Adoption of draft EP report in IMCO

On 3 May 2017, the draft report on the collaborative economy by MEP Nicola Danti was adopted by the IMCO committee. Like the CoR opinion before it, this report highlights several areas where further clarifications are needed at the EU level. The document also recognises the strong local dimension of the collaborative economy, a key aspect of the CoR opinion.
The report was approved in IMCO by 31 votes to one, with three abstentions, and will be voted in the European Parliament plenary session of 12-15 June.

 
03 May
 

Commission Staff Working Document "Agriculture and Sustainable Water Management in the EU"

Commission Staff Working Document "Agriculture and Sustainable Water Management in the EU"

 
28 Apr
 

Commission publishes roadmap for the Commission's initiative on a strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment

Commission publishes roadmap for the Commission's initiative on a strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment

 
28 Apr
 

European Commission Action Plan

European Commission adopts Action Plan for improving implementation of the Nature Directives (COM(2017) 198 final). The Action Plan stresses that "the CoR (…) will play an essential role as regards engagement with and outreach to regional and local authorities." It assigns co-responsibilities to the CoR for the roll-out of some of the actions, including in particular the setting up of a joint CoR/EC platform to support knowledge exchange and engagement of local and regional authorities.

 
27 Apr
 

European Commission Action Plan for improved implementation of the Nature Directives (COM(2017) 198 final) foresees an increase in funding for nature and biodiversity actions from current LIFE programme.

European Commission adopts "An Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy" for improving implementation of the Nature Directives (COM(2017) 198 final). If foresees under action no 8 in accordance with a related call from the CoR opinion and with Article 9(4) LIFE Regulation an increase funding for nature and biodiversity actions.

 
27 Apr
 

European Commission Press Release on the Action Plan includes quote of CoR First Vice-President

The European Commission Press Release on the Action Plan (IP/17/1112) includes quote of CoR First Vice-President "The Action Plan is a step in the right direction. As the Assembly representing cities and regions in Europe, we will support its roll out and actively engage with local and regional authorities to ensure we reach our biodiversity targets for 2020"

 
27 Apr
 

SEARICA conference "Ocean Literacy for All "

The European Parliament Intergroup on "Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas" hosted a conference dedicated to ocean literacy, with the participation of SEARICA Chair Ms Gesine MEISSNER, Vice Chair Mr Serrao Santos, DG MARE Director General Joao MACHADO and CoR Rapporteur Mr Christophe Clergeau.Ms. Meissner delivered feedback from informal ministerial meeting on Blue Growth that took place in Malta on 20 April 2017, and Mr. Machado commended the work of the CoR on the regional perspective of policies and the report of Mr Clergeau in particular.
A SEARICA declaration was presented as a follow up of the ministerial meeting in Malta.

 
26 Apr
 

Stakeholder consultation

Meeting with representatives of specialised sectoral organisations to fine tune political recommendations and disseminate the local and regional issues among the national and EU level organisations working in the area of space

 
26 Apr
 

Vote in EP CULT Committee

Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading and decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in EP CULT committee

 
25 Apr
 

13th ENVE meeting

Exchange of views with the participation of the Environment Commissioner Vella

 
24 Apr
 

Discussion with Environment Commissioner Vella at ENVE Commission meeting on the EIR

Discussion with Environment Commissioner Vella at ENVE Commission meeting on the EIR

 
24 Apr
 

Participation Informal Ministerial meeting on Blue Economy, Valetta MT

CoR rapporteur Clergeau participates on 20 April 2017 in the Informal Ministerial Conference on Blue Growth, Ocean Governance in the EU and the Mediterranean Innovation, and Nautical Tourism, presenting the point of view of European local and regional authorities on the forum.

 
20 Apr
 

#YouthUP Gala

The rapporteur represented the CoR at the #YouthUP Gala, one of the flagship events of the Euopean Youth Forum.

 
20 Apr
 

Participation in the Sixth meeting of the European Union Physical Activity Focal Points Network

Participation in the Sixth meeting of the European Union Physical Activity Focal Points Network in Toledo, Spain

 
20 Apr
 

Participation in the 6th meeting of the EU Physical Activity Focal Points Network in Toleda, Spain

Participation in the 6th meeting of the EU Physical Activity Focal Points Network in Toleda, Spain

 
20 Apr
 

European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum

The rapporteur took part in the European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum.

 
12 Apr
 

Participation in the conference "Health Policy in Non Communicable Diseases"

Participation in the conference "Health Policy in Non Communicable Diseases"

 
11 Apr
 

Meeting with EESC

on 07 April 2017 Mr Buchanan meets with EESC Rapporteuron Ocean Governance Jan Simons for an exchange of views.

 
07 Apr
 

EP Resolution

EP Resolution passed on 6 April 2017 on the European Solidarity Corps.

 
06 Apr
 

Discussion of the draft opinion

The draft opinion is discussed and adopted at the SEDEC meeting

 
31 Mar
 

Meeting with the Cabinet of Commissioner Vella

Meeting with the Cabinet of Commissioner Vella to discuss the major points of the joint communication and present the working document discussed in NAT Commission on 30 March

 
31 Mar
 

Meeting with Seas at Risk

Meeting with "Seas at Reisk" in the CoR to discuss the environmental aspects of the joint communication on "International Ocean Governance"

 
31 Mar
 

Discussion and Adoption of Draft Opinion

The draft opinion is discussed and adopted at the SEDEC meeting at the presence of
Mr Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, who made a statement on the topic.

 
31 Mar
 

Meeting with an MEP : Paolo de Castro (IT/SetD)

Meeting with an MEP : Paolo de Castro (IT/SetD)

 
30 Mar
 

Working document discussion at the NAT Commission meeting

The rapporteur presented his working document to the members of the NAT commission.

 
30 Mar
 

Stakeholder Consultation

Ms Hiller held a stakeholder consultation in Brussels

 
30 Mar
 

Meeting with European Commission

Meeting with representative from DG EMPL, European Commission

 
30 Mar
 

Meeting with an MEP : Eric Andrieu (FR/SetD)

Meeting with an MEP : Eric Andrieu (FR/SetD)

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with an MEP : Marc Tarabella (BE/SetD)

Meeting with an MEP : Marc Tarabella (BE/SetD)

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with Virginie Jorissen : RPFUE

Meeting with Virginie Jorissen : RPFUE

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with Mella Frewen et Francesca Bignami : Food&Drink Europe

Meeting with Mella Frewen et Francesca Bignami : Food&Drink Europe

 
29 Mar
 

Meeting with an MEP : Michèle Rivasi (FR/Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance)

Meeting with an MEP : Michèle Rivasi (FR/Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance)

 
29 Mar
 

European Forum For Disaster Risk Reduction Istanbul, Turkey

CoR Rapporteur Banaszak participated in the European Forum For Disaster Risk Reduction Istanbul, Turkey, delivering a speach during the featured event "Risk Governance: How to achieve the Sendai Target e on risk-informed national and local DRR strategies by 2020 Target"

 
27 Mar
 

Stakeholder consultation - Environmental Implementation Review (EIR)

Stakeholder consulation– Environmental Implementation Review (EIR)
Thursday 23 March 2017 between 14.30 and 16.30
in the Committee of the Regions building
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 70

 
23 Mar
 

Adoption of the opinion in the Plenary

The opinion was adopted at the Plenary Session.

 
23 Mar
 

The Rapporteur meeting the President of the EP

The rapporteur presented his draft opinion to the President of the European Parliament, Mr Antonio Tajani.

 
22 Mar
 

Presentation of the CoR/EESC canteen to the Press

The rapporteur spoke to the european Press at the occasion of the presentation of the CoR / EESC canteen.

CoR/EESC sustainable canteen is a model of good practices in the field of environmental protection and fight against food waste and can be seen as a small but concrete example of what the political action of both tend to. It has succeded in reducing the food waste to a record of 5% (annual average) and now place them as the first and only European institutions to donate food and to implement standards of excellence in terms of food sustainability

The canteen is among the first 8 canteens certified by the Brussels-Capital Region with the "Label Good Food".

 
22 Mar
 

Adoption of the opinion in the Plenary

The opinion was unanimously adopted in the Plenary Session. The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participated in the debate prior to the vote.

 
22 Mar
 

The Rural Summit 2017

On 22 and 23 March the Brabant Kempen House organized the first conference for rural areas in Europe,

The Rural Summit 2017.

The conference was a follow-up to the nomination of the Brabantse Kempen as one of the 21 smartest rural regions of the world in 2016. The conference drew a picture of the challenges that rural regions face in terms of economic growth, sustainability, aging and the new opportunities created by the (extended) use of digital applications.

More than 200 participants from 12 countries shared their ideas and experiences on the question if the difference between urban and rural is fading because of the possibilities created by internet and broadband. International speakers presented their examples of digitally connected regions which lead to stronger economic and more vital rural regions with a more robust connection to urban areas.

The conference was attended by delegates and directors from different European regions. To ensure more attention and policies for rural regions in Europe, the Commissioner of King Wim van de Donk encouraged everyone to commit themselves to enhancing connections between European rural regions.

Companies and organizations from the Brabant Kempen region participated in ‘best practices’ during thematic sessions. The Brabant Kempen House looks back on an inspiring, informative and connecting convention. The conference was made possible by, chairwoman and Mayor Anja Thijs-Rademakers of the municipality Eersel, in cooperation with the Kempen municipalities, the Province of Brabant, the Metropolitan Region Eindhoven, Brainport Development, industry and education partners and the Intelligent Community Forum.

The Brabant Kempen House is going to build the European network of smart rural regions further and seeks to work on concrete projects with partners that contribute to a sustainable vital Kempen in the Brainport region, but also those of other European rural areas.

 
22 Mar
 

European Commission intends to increase funding for nature and biodiversity under current LIFE programme

Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General for Environment of the European Commission announces at the European Parliament ENVI Committee that the European Commission [in line with the CoR opinion] intends to increase funding in accordance with Article 9(4) LIFE Regulation under the current LIFE programme for nature and biodiversity actions, in support to the Action Plan for improved implementation of the Nature Directives.

 
21 Mar
 

EP REGI: Presentation of the draft own-initiative report

The EP rapporteur presented her draft report on "Building blocks of a future EU cohesion policy" to the REGI committee.

 
21 Mar
 

NAT Stakeholders Consultation: Action Plan on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

On 17 January 2017 the rapporteur of the opinion, Adam Banaszak (PL/ECR), Member of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Regional Assembly, together with his expert, Pawel Modrzynski, met representatives of local and regional authorities and associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion.

Among the speakers were the head of the UNISDR Regional Office for Europe Paola Albrito and the representatives of the Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission (DG ECHO) Julia Stewart-David and Thomas De Lannoy. Valuable contributions were made by researchers on epidemiology from UCL (Ms Guha and Team) and representatives of local and regional authorities (Greater Manchester Authority, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Mayor of Viana do Castelo Mr. José Maria Cunha Costa)

 
17 Mar
 

EP adopts a report on Waste directive

European Parliament adopted legislative reports on the Circular Economy package.

Within the report on Waste directive, MEPs advocate an EU food waste reduction target of 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, compared to 2014.

The four reports adopted on 14 March 2017 represent Parliament’s negotiating position, ahead of negotiations with Council of ministers, which yet has to adopt its own position.

 
14 Mar
 

The European Commission publishes the Report on mandatory labeling in alcohol beverages

The European Commission published long-awaited report on mandatory labeling of ingredients and calories in alcoholic beverages. It gives the alcohol industry a year to come up with a proposal to inform consumers on the ingredients and calories contained in products. Commission is thus giving industry the opportunity to self-regulate before it considers mandatory rules.

If this fails or if it proves unsatisfactory, The Commission will start an impact assessment to consider both legally binding and non-legally binding measures.

In its opinion, The CoR called upon the European Commission to issue the long due report and urged the EU institutions to improve alcohol labelling at EU level.

 
13 Mar
 

High-level conference "Sustainable Economic Development And Health Of The Citizens"

Participation of rapporteur Roberto Pella in the high-level conference "Sustainable Economic Development And Health Of The Citizens" in Rome, Italy.

 
09 Mar
 

Focus Group meeting on Promoting youth engagement, in particular through volunteering

The rapporteur represented the CoR at the Focus Group on Promoting youth engagement, in particular through volunteering meeting in DG EAC

 
09 Mar
 

Speech: Investment for the circular economy

On 9 March 2017, Markku Markkula took part in the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.
President Markkula delivered a speech on the theme: "Circular economy: a financial endeavour".

 
09 Mar
 

Meeting with DG AGRI : Flavio Coturni

Meeting with DG AGRI : Flavio Coturni

 
09 Mar
 

CoR president speaks at the launch of the EU stakeholder's platform on circular economy

The European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee jointly lunched a stakeholders' platform on circular economy. This platform will aim at informing all stakeholders and gathering their input ahead of legislation formulation. CoR president spoke alongside European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen on innovation in the circular economy. Commissioner for Environment, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans and MEP Simona Bonafé were also among the speakers.

 
09 Mar
 

Publication in the Official Journal

Regulation (EU) 2017/352 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2017 establishing a framework for the provision of port services and common rules on the financial transparency of ports was published in the Official Journal on 3 March 2017 (OJ L 57, 3.3.2017, p. 1-18).

 
03 Mar
 

3nd meeting of the European Migration Forum

The Commission's agenda on migration outlines an immediate response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean and sets out longer term steps to manage migration in all its aspects
In this context, European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will organize the 3nd meeting of the European Migration Forum.
The Forum will provide the opportunity for ca.120 civil society organisations from across the European Union and its neighboring countries to discuss with European institutions and representatives from local, regional and national authorities the key issue of ACCESS: migrants' access to Europe, to rights and to services.
The meeting will include a discussion on safe legal alternatives to the perilous journeys migrants undertake, as well as a reflection on the way migrants can access services upon their arrival, together with the rights to which they are entitled to, and how to ensure continuation of such provisions to facilitate their integration process.
Mr. Bart Somers will intervene during the session "Access to services and rights", on the 3 March 2017, highlighting the challenges that a local municipality faces with regard to the integration of migrants and refugees in order to ensure inclusion within its society, as well as presenting what has been working well in Mechelen.

 
02 Mar
 

Appointment of the rapporteur

The COTER commission appointed Mr Mieczysław Struk (PL/EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion on "Territorial Classification and Typologies"

 
02 Mar
 

Second discussion and adoption of the draft opinion in COTER

  • The COTER commission, at its external meeting in Warsaw (Poland), adopted the draft opinion on "The Future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020".

 
02 Mar
 

COTER external meeting and conference on "The Futue of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020"

  • On 2 March 2017, the COTER commission held an external meeting in Warsaw, which was followed by a conference on "The Future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020" on the next day.
  • During the meeting, the the COTER commission adopted its draft opinion on the Future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020.
  • COTER members also held a joint debate on Cohesion Policy beyond 2020 with Commissioner Creţu and with ministers responsible for regional development from the Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia (V4+4). Eight ministers (thereof two Deputy Prime Ministers) participated in the joint debate.
  • On the next day, the COTER commission organised together with the Mazovia Region a conference on the Future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020, which took place in the CEZAMAT Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies in Warsaw. The conference brought together representatives of local and regional authorities, EU institutions, Member States and experts from the academic world and think tanks.In total, around 180 people participated in the event.The keynote speech for the conference was given by Commissioner Creţu.

 
02 Mar
 

Women on boards: Gender equality in politics, management and boards in Europe

The Rapporteur represented the CoR at the event "Women on boards: Gender equality in politics, management and boards in Europe" organised by the CoR- Joint Committee on Equal Opportunities (COPEC).

 
01 Mar
 

Participation in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network conferenc "Building Healthy Cities: inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Participation in the WHO European Healthy Cities Network conferenc "Building Healthy Cities: inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" in Pécs, Hungary

 
01 Mar
 

ENV Council debate on EIR and greening the European Semester

Ministers welcomed the Commission's new Environmental Implementation Review as a useful tool to improve the implementation of EU environmental policy and legislation at national level and contribute to the greening of the European Semester. It was considered as a good opportunity for member states to cooperate among them and with the Commission to address common challenges and share best practices. Some of them underlined the need for national reports findings to be based on sound scientific data,
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/env/2017/02/st06768_en17_pdf/

 
28 Feb
 

Council Conclusions

EYCS Council adopted conclusions on Investing in Europe's Youth, focusing on the European Solidarity Corps.

 
17 Feb
 

Conference "La salute nelle città: bene comune"

Participation of rapporteur Roberto Pella in the conference "La salute nelle città: bene comune", which is organised by the Italian Delegation at the European Committee of the Regions, in Rome.

 
16 Feb
 

Rapporteur's meeting

The rapporteur met Max Uebe and Anita Vella, Head and Deputy Heads of Unit of Employment Strategy of DG EMPL.

 
16 Feb
 

Stakeholder consultation

The rapporteur held a consultation with various stakeholders and representatives of regional offices in order to feed the opinion with their views.

 
16 Feb
 

Meetings with stakeholders

Meetings between rapporteur R. Pella and the European Commission (DG EAC, DG CLIMA), Healthy Cities network, Polis and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)

 
15 Feb
 

Final text signed

The final text was signed by the Presidents of the European Parliament and of the Council.

 
15 Feb
 

Bilateral meetings with relevant stakeholders

Meetings between rapporteur R. Pella and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IIEP), Eurohealthnet and Eurocities

 
14 Feb
 

EESC public hearing on villages and small towns

EESC public hearing on villages and small towns

 
14 Feb
 

CoR opinion on adaptation adopted by plenary session

The final version of the opinion "Towards a new EU climate change adaptation strategy – taking an integrated approach" was adopted at the CoR Plenary session on 9 February 2017. Through opinion, the CoR:

  • stresses that a well-functioning multi-level governance framework is of crucial importance, and therefore calls on the European Commission to encourage stronger collaboration between the different levels of government - especially in the preparation and implementation of the national, regional and local adaptation strategies and plans;

  • supports EU initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the new EU Urban Agenda Partnerships that foster the emergence of coordinated multi-level /multi-stakeholder governance schemes and cooperation platforms;

  • points out that the absence of a legislative prescriptive framework is perceived by local and regional authorities as an obstacle to adaptation action in certain Member States;

  • urges the European Commission to consolidate efforts to create an enabling framework for capacity building in cities and regions;

  • stresses that accessing EU financing instruments supporting climate action is still the biggest challenge faced by cities and regions and calls therefore on the Commission to provide European local and regional authorities with 1) easily-accessible and understandable information and 2) further guidance and support on how to access them, and also possibly combine them;

  • invites the Commission to explore further the idea of a fast-track access to financial support for local and regional authorities committed to adaptation action;

  • considers that the Commission shall continue exploring innovative ways to channel investments for adaptation actions to local and regional authorities and calls on the Commission to provide them with appropriate expert advice, guidance and support in preparing viable investments and securing financing;

  • invites the Commission to embed its climate (adaptation) action further in the new international climate agreements, to reinforce its exemplary role , and help to build synergies between these agreements.

The ENVE secretariat will make sure that appropriate follow up to this opinion will be given by the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders.

 
09 Feb
 

Stakeholder consultation on Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability

At the meeting Ulf Bjornholm, UNEP, presented the vision of the One UN policy group on Agenda 2030 in Brussels; Luana Natali, UNDP intervened on the localization of the SDGs; Nikos Gamouras from ALDA presented the LADDER project and its results.

Andrea Ciambra from UCLG presented the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization GOLD IV (2016). The report is a triennial publication on urban and regional development, which analyses and compares the current situation of local governments all over the world.

During the discussion the representatives of the Council of Europe and Emilia Romana Region took the floor.

 
09 Feb
 

Adoption of the opinion during the 121st Plenary session

Adoption in Plenary with majority.

 
09 Feb
 

Plenary adoption of the opinion and debate with EIB Vice President Vazil Hudak

The opinion by President Markkula on "Bridging the Investment Gap" was adopted unanimously by the Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions.

Before the vote, the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, Vazil Hudak, addressed the Plenary session and took part in a debate with CoR members on investment and the relations between the CoR and EIB.

 
08 Feb
 

Meeting with European Commission

Meeting with European Commission

 
08 Feb
 

How the future CAP can cope with goals set out in the Juncker investment plan to relaunch growth and jobs in Europe

The number of farms in Europe fell by 20% between 2007 and 2013 alone, dropping from 13.6 million to 10.8 million in those six years according to the latest official statistics from Eurostat.

This reduction in the number of farms is accompanied by significant job losses. Between 2007 and 2013, the total agricultural workforce in the EU-28 fell by 2.3 million annual work units, which equates to a 19.8% reduction. Insufficient generational renewal is also a growing problem in Europe, as 30% of farm managers are over 65 year old.

The European Parliament have recently adopted a report urging the EU institutions to rethink the objectives of the CAP so as to establish it once again as a public policy for the benefit of all, which meets the needs of society and addresses employment challenges.

This conference has a double objective:

•To launch a political momentum for debating all aspects of the future CAP from local and regional perspective

•To prepare an outlook opinion of the NAT commission on the future of the CAP after 2020

 
08 Feb
 

Stakeholders consultation

Stakeholders consultation

 
08 Feb
 

How the future CAP can contribute to the objectives set out in the EU investment plan to relaunch growth and jobs in Europe

The rapporteur attend the confernce on How the future CAP can contribute to the objectives set out in the EU investment plan to relaunch grown and jobs in Europe

 
08 Feb
 

How the future CAP can cope with goals set out in the Juncker investment plan to relaunch growth and jobs in Europe

The Vice Chair presented the CoR position during the conference on How the future CAP can cope with goals set out in the Juncker investment plan to relaunch grown and jobs in Europe

 
08 Feb
 

How the future CAP can contribute to the objectives set out in the EU investment plan to relaunch growth and jobs in Europe

Rapporteur attend the confernece How the future CAP can contribute to the objectives set out in the EU investment plan to relaunch grown and jobs in Europe

 
08 Feb
 

European Commission "EIR package" Communication and 28 country specific reports

The European Commission adopted on 3 February its first EIR package consisting of:

  • 28 country reports (as Staff Working Documents) which map national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses;
  • a Communication (COM(2017) 63 final) summarising the political conclusions of the country reports and examining common trends in key areas of EU environment policy;
  • and, as annex to the Communication, recommendations for improvements to all Member States.

 
03 Feb
 

Meeting with MEP Isabelle THOMAS

On 02 February 2017 CoR rapporteur Christophe Clergeau met with the Member of European Parliament Ms Isabelle Thomas. Subject of the discussion was the report of Mr Clergeau "A new stage in the European policy on blue growth" and the possibilities to further develop the blue economy. Both Ms Thomas and Mr Clergeau agreed to continue to work together for better possibilities for EU coastal and maritime regions to achieve smart and sustainable growth in their marine economies and discussed further steps in this direction.

 
02 Feb
 

Meeting with the Cabinet of the Commissioner Mr Andriukatis

The rapporteur discussed the main ideas of his draft opinion with Mr Marco Valletta, Member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Mr Andriukaitis.

 
02 Feb
 

The Rapporteur meeting the Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner Hogan

The rapporteur discussed the main ideas presented in his draft opinion with Ms Siracusa, the Deputy Head of the Cabinet of the Commissioner Hogan.

 
02 Feb
 

Draft opinion adopted at the NAT commission meeting

The rapporteur presented his draft opinion to the members of the NAT commission. Mr Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament and Ms Betty Lee, Policy officer from the European Commission (DG AGRI) took part in the debate.

 
02 Feb
 

Draft opinion adopted at the NAT commission meeting

The rapporteur presented his draft opinion to the members of the NAT commission. Paola ALBRITO, Head of Regional Office for Europe, UNISDR and Julia STEWART-DAVID, DG ECHO, European Commission took part in the discussion.

 
02 Feb
 

Debate during ENVE Commission with Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for Environment, European Commission

Debate during ENVE Commission with Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for Environment, European Commission on results of the fitness-check of the Nature Directives and inter-institutional cooperation under the future Action Plan on their improved implementation

 
01 Feb
 

European Commission Stakeholder Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance - participation by the rapporteur

Stakeholder Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance - with presentation by the rapporteur

 
31 Jan
 

Discussion of the working document

The working document is discussed at the SEDEC meeting

 
31 Jan
 

European Commission Stakeholder Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance - participation by the rapporteur

European Commission Stakeholder Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance - participation by the rapporteur

 
31 Jan
 

Exchange of views with SEDEC members

The Rapporteur discussed her working document with the SEDEC commission and with Mr John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.

 
31 Jan
 

Appointment of CoR Rapporteur

Ms Ulrike HILLER was appointed Rapporteur for the CoR opinion

 
31 Jan
 

European Commission CGBN on Action Plan on the Nature Directives

ENVE secretariat attends extra-ordinary meeting of the CGBN on the Action Plan on the Nature Directives

 
26 Jan
 

European Commission Report on progress on the Circular Economy Action Plan and Communication on waste to energy

European Commission adopts report on progress on the Circular Economy Action Plan and Communication on waste to energy

 
25 Jan
 

EP ENVI adopts reports

Adoption of the report in ENVI

 
24 Jan
 

EP REGI workshop

The European Parliament's REGI committee held a workshop on "Building building blocks of a future cohesion policy -first reflections".

 
24 Jan
 

Approval by the Council of the EP position at 1st reading

The Council approved the EP position at 1st reading.

 
23 Jan
 

Working meeting with the Cabinet of Commissioner Vella

CoR rapporteur Clergeau met on 19 January 2017 with the Cabinet of the Member of the European Commission Mr Karmenu Vella for a discussion on the plans of the European Commission for further developmnent of the "blue" economy in Europe. He delivered feedback from regional point of view and presented the ongoing work on his own-initiative report "A new stage in the European policy on blue growth"

 
19 Jan
 

Meeting with Ocean Energy Europe

On 19 January Mr Clergeau met with Mr Remi Gruet, CEO Ocean Energy Europe, and Mr Jacopo Moccia, Policy Director, to discuss the challenges ahead for the ocean energy industry. One of the topics discussed was technological neutrality and the possibilities to integrate different ocean energy technologies into the energy mix.

 
19 Jan
 

Meeting with representatives of the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

CoR raporteur Clergeau met with representatives of the Directorate general for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission(DG MARE), to present his vision for the blue growth project and talk about the possibilities for improving the connection between the supranational and the subnational level, presenting some examples for projects on regional scale.

 
19 Jan
 

Rapporteur Clergeau meets with Sea Europe

CoR rapporteur Mr Christophe Clergeau met with representatives of SeaEurope and the platform Waterborne to discuss the future challenges for the Blue Econom=y

 
10 Jan
 

CoR rapporteur Clergeau meets with Wind Europe

As part of the ongoing preparations on his report "A new stage in the European policy on blue growth" Mr Clergeau met on 10 January with representatives of "Wind Europe". Subject of the discussions was offshore wind power generation.

 
10 Jan
 

Mr Clergeau meets with JPI Oceans

On 10 January CoR rapporteur Clergeau met with representatives of JPI Oceans to discuss in details the possibilities fo co-financing of "blue growth" projects and the priorities of the Joint Programme Initiative.

 
10 Jan
2016
 

Joint conference between our NAT commission and the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament

The rapporteur attend the joint conference between our NAT commission and the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament. The main objective of this meeting is to get the support of the AGRI Committee for the White paper on rurality which is the main priority of the NAT commission in the field of agriculture and rural development and also the main NAT topic for reinforced cooperation with the European Parliament

 
29 Dec
 

Governance pillar: Publication of legal acts in the Official Journal

The three dossiers under the governance pillar were published in the Official Journal:

  • Regulation (EU) 2016/2337 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 repealing Regulation (EEC) No 1192/69 of the Council on common rules for the normalisation of the accounts of railway undertakings (OJ L 354, 23.12.2016, p. 20–21);
  • Regulation (EU) 2016/2338 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 amending Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 concerning the opening of the market for domestic passenger transport services by rail (OJ L 354, 23.12.2016, p. 22–31);
  • Directive (EU) 2016/2370 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 amending Directive 2012/34/EU as regards the opening of the market for domestic passenger transport services by rail and the governance of the railway infrastructure (OJ L 352, 23.12.2016, p. 1–17).

 
23 Dec
 

Letter by Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for Environment, to the ENVE Commission Chair

Letter by Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for Environment, European Commission addressed to the ENVE Commission Chair, asking for a presentation and debate with ENVE members on the results of the fitness-check of the Nature Directives and inter-institutional cooperation under the future Action Plan on their improved implementation, seeking close cooperation with CoR

 
20 Dec
 

Article in La Repubblica

The sharing economy and the work of the CoR Rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, are the subjects of an article in the Italian daily La Repubblica, published on 19 December 2016.

 
19 Dec
 

European Commission publishes its findings of the fitness-check of the Nature Directives

European Commission publishes its findings of the fitness-check of the Nature Directives (SWD(2016) 472 final, SWD(2016) 473 final)

 
16 Dec
 

European Commission repeal package on Standardised Reporting Directive

The majority of the original obligations set out in Directive 91/692/EEC ("Standardised Reporting Directive") have for different reasons become obsolete and have no legal effect anymore. As a result, the European Commission proposes to repeal the Directive in line with the Better Regulation agenda. In addition, the legislative proposal repeals and amends provisions of six legal acts in the area of environment/climate change that still refer to Directive 91/692/EEC, including replacing provisions that refer to old comitology by references to implementing and delegated acts.
(COM(2016) 789 final - 2016/0394 (COD))
The legislative proposal is accompanied by a non-legislative Communication COM(2016)793 final, which declares the obsolescence of 11 implementing decisions still in force adopted by the Commission to establish questionnaires for environmental reporting including Decision 95/337/EEC.

 
15 Dec
 

Council and EP sign new NEC Directive

The Council and EP sign the new NEC Directive (Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants, amending Directive 2003/35/EC and repealing Directive 2001/81/EC)

 
14 Dec
 

European Parliament

Adoption of the European Parliament legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework on market access to port services and finanial transparency of ports, which lays down the position of the European Parliament at first reading.

 
14 Dec
 

Governance pillar: Adoption in EP Plenary

The European Parliament adopted at second reading its legislative resolutions on the three dossiers under the governance pillar. For all three dossiers, the Parliament approved the Council position at first reading without amendments.

 
14 Dec
 

Governance pillar: Signature of final acts

The three final acts under the governance pillar were signed by the President of the European Parliament and by the President of the Council.

 
14 Dec
 

Presentation of the legislative proposal

The European Commission presented a Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 as regards the territorial typologies (Tercet) – COM(2016) 788 final

 
13 Dec
 

China's WTO status

On 11 December China will have been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for 15 years and this means the expiry of some provisions in China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO. According to China, it from this date to be considered as a “market economy,” which would mean that the EU will find it harder to impose its current duty levels on Chinese goods. The EU is therefore pressured to create a new arsenal of trade defences, as requested in the CoR opinion (see proposal foreseen for 9 November) .

 
11 Dec
 

Plenary Session

The opinion was adopted during the Plenary session

 
07 Dec
 

European Commission college orientation debate: Action Plan with close involvement of the CoR

Orientation debate of the European Commission.
Decision, in line with the CoR opinion not to revise the Nature Directives, but to adopt an Action Plan on improving their implementation.
According to the European Commission, the Action Plan will foresee "holding regular meetings with mayors and other local authorities to assess implementation challenges and help Member States take the necessary corrective action", "appropriate implementation guidelines for regional actors, reducing unnecessary burdens and litigation, and incentivising national and regional investment in biodiversity". "The Committee of the Regions will be closely involved in the follow-up of today's orientation debate."

 
07 Dec
 

European Commission First Vice-President Timmermans at the CoR plenary session

In the CoR Plenary Session debate with European Commission First Vice-President Timmermans, the rapporteur congratulates the European Commission for the decision taken on 07/12/2016 not to revise the Directives.

 
07 Dec
 

Plenary adoption

On 7 December 2016, the CoR plenary debated and adopted the opinion on the collaborative economy and online platforms.

 
07 Dec
 

Meeting with cabinet EC Vice President Katainen

Meeting of rapporteur with Mr Radziejewski, Member of cabinet of EC Vice-President Katainen, in charge of circular economy

 
07 Dec
 

Meeting with UNWTO

Rapporteur Hanspeter Wagner met World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai

 
07 Dec
 

Working dinner with EP, EC, ETC and NECSTour

Rapporteur Hanspeter Wagner participated in a working dinner with relevant MEPs, the European Commission, the European Travel Commission and NECSTour

 
06 Dec
 

EU Agricultural Outlook Conference

The rapporetur attend the EU Agricultural Outlook Conference

 
06 Dec
 

Governance pillar: Adoption in EP TRAN commitee

The TRAN committee adopted the draft recommendations for second reading for the three legislative dossiers under the governace pillar.

 
05 Dec
 

Namur Declaration

The minister-president for the Region of Wallonia, Paul Magnette, presented a series of proposals for a new method of negotiating free trade agreements between the EU and third countries.
Magnette's text, the Namur Declaration, is based around three key areas – the respect of democratic procedures; the respect of socio-economic, health and environmental legislation; the guarantee of the public interest when resolving disputes. The text was signed by around 40 eminent academics, including French economists Thomas Piketty and Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Belgian Philippe Maystadt (former EIB president), Hungarian Laszlo Andor (former European commissioner), and Canadians Georges Ross and Frédéric Mérand. The Namur Declaration is generally in line with what the CoR has requested in its opinions on trade.

 
05 Dec
 

ECON Adoption

On 2 December 2016, the CoR's ECON Commission debated and adopted Markku Markkula's draft opinion on "Bridging the Investment Gap: How to tackle the challenges".

Mr Miguel Gil-Tertre, Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Katainen, took part in the debate with ECON Members on behalf of the European Commission.

The opinion as amended will now be on the agenda of the CoR's February 2017 Plenary Session, for final adoption.

 
02 Dec
 

Debate and Adoption of draft Opinion in ENVE Commission meeting

CoR rapporteur Sirpa Hertell (FI/EPP) and DG CLIMA head of Unit for Adaptation Beatriz Yordi presented the opinion and the current work of the European Commission on adaptation.

 
01 Dec
 

Participation of European Commission and EIB in ENVE Commission meeting

Participation of Hervé Martin, Head of LIFE Unit, DG Environment, European Commission; Monica Peña Sastre, European Investment Bank.

 
01 Dec
 

Participation of MEP Dantin, EurEau and European Commission in ENVE Commission meeting

Participation of Michel Dantin, MEP (FR/EPP), Chair of Subgroup "Agriculture & Water Management", European Parliament Intergroup for Sustainable Development; Jorge Rodriguez Romero, Deputy Head of Water Unit, DG Environment, European Commission; Oliver Loebel, Secretary General of EurEau

 
01 Dec
 

Conference on Food waste

The NAT Vice-Chair Mr Buchanan presented the CoR opinion on Food waste during this conference organised by the EP rapporteur, Ms Biljana Borzan.

 
30 Nov
 

Meeting with NecsTour

Rapporteur Hanspeter WAGNER met NecsTour's President Patrick Torrent and Vice-President Jan Korthoudt on the European Tourism Day 29 November 2016.

 
30 Nov
 

European Commission Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019

European Commission adopts Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019
In line with the CoR opinion, the Working Plan foresees that the European Commission during upcoming reviews of existing Ecodesign and Energy Labelling implementing measures examines how aspects relevant to the circular economy, such as resource efficiency, reparability, recyclability and durability can be assessed and taken on board when revising the existing measures.

 
30 Nov
 

Expert discussion on “the European public”

The rapporteur participated in a roundtable debate on the revision of the audio-visual media services directive/Public service broadcasting.

 
29 Nov
 

European Tourism Day

Rapporteur Hanspeter WAGNER participated in the conference "Enhancing Synergies between Tourism and Cultural and Creative Industries - Innovative solutions as the main driver for jobs and growth" which was organised on the European Tourism Day.

 
29 Nov
 

Meeting with an MEP : Angelique Delahaye (FR/EPP)

Meeting with an MEP : Angelique Delahaye (FR/EPP)

 
29 Nov
 

joint conference between our NAT commission and the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament

The Vice Chair presented the CoR position on the Rural agenda during the joint conference between our NAT commission and the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament. The main objective of this meeting is to get the support of the AGRI Committee for the White paper on rurality which is the main priority of the NAT commission in the field of agriculture and rural development and also the main NAT topic for reinforced cooperation with the European Parliament

 
29 Nov
 

Joint conference between our NAT commission and the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament

The rapporteur presented the CoR position on the Rural agenda during the joint conference between our NAT commission and the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament. The main objective of this meeting is to get the support of the AGRI Committee for the White paper on rurality which is the main priority of the NAT commission in the field of agriculture and rural development and also the main NAT topic for reinforced cooperation with the European Parliament

 
29 Nov
 

European Platform on food losses and waste

The European Commission announced the launching of the European Platform on food waste and losses, established as planned within the EU Action Plan to promote Circular Economy. The Committee of the Regions has been invited to participate in the work of the Platform. At its meeting on 27 September 2016, the Commission for Natural Resources appointed Mr Ossi Martikainen, the rapporteur on Food waste, as the CoR representative of the Platform. The first meeting will take place on 29 November 2016 at the premises of the CoR.

 
28 Nov
 

Stakeholders' meeting

The Rapporteur's team met various and numerous stakeholders, discussing questions raised in his working document.

 
28 Nov
 

Working document discussion at the NAT Commission meeting

The rapporteur presented his working document to the members of the NAT commission.

 
28 Nov
 

Stakeholder Consultation

The rapporteur met with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topic of this opinion.

 
23 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur will participate as a speaker in the High Level Panel of the EC conference on Smart, Innovative & Sustainable urban mobility.

 
23 Nov
 

3502nd Council meeting - Culture

On the occasion of the EYCS Council meeting on 22 November 2016, ministers discussed how the EU and its member states can cooperate effectively to bring about a more strategic and global approach in international cultural relations. Several important aspects underlined in the CoR Opinion were also reflected in the main outcomes resulted from the Council debate.

 
22 Nov
 

The rapporteur addressed the 7th European Alcohol Policy conference in Ljubljana

The rapporteur addressed the 7th European Alcohol Policy Conference on 21-22 November 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia with the theme: Alcohol policy for Sustainable Development – ACT NOW. This is the seventh in a series of conferences of this kind with the participation of more than five Health ministers from across Europe, the European Commission, the World Health Organization, researchers and public health officials. The aim of the conference is to raise awareness about the current burden of alcohol in Europe, to look at the latest development in Europe and explore ways in which cost-effective alcohol policies can contribute to creation of sustainable health system savings.

The following topics were discussed:
The impact of alcohol on inequalities in health, poverty and sustainable development; Alcohol policy and politics: the way forward ; how to reduce inequalities; young people and drinking; Innovative approaches to implement alcohol policy; New developments and country case studies.

 
21 Nov
 

Energy and SF Management Authorities meeting of the EC and Member States

Presentation by the rapporteur of best practice and the CoR position

 
21 Nov
 

Policy debate on "Preventing food losses and food waste: towards the achievement of SDG 12.3"

The purpose of the debate is to better understand the EU policy framework for action, to learn more about existing regional/local authorities' and civil society's initiatives and discuss PSG recommendations for future action on this topic.

Mr Martikainen will intervene alongside Ms Anne-Laure Gassin from European Commission, DG SANTE; Mr Olivier Neufkens, Founder of the Belgian Project "Foodwe - Food Waste Evasion"; Mr Joris Depouillon, Feedback Global (tbc)and Ms Anne-Catherine Van Ranst, EMAS team (EESC, CoR).

The Policy debate is organised by the Permanent study group on sustainable food systems of the European Economic and Social Committee.

 
21 Nov
 

Council resolution on a New Skills Agenda for an inclusive and competitive Europe

The Council adopted a resolution on a New Skills Agenda for an inclusive and competitive Europe (13413/16), in the framework of the Commission's communication on the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness.
On this occasion Commissioner Thyssen highlighted the key role that social partners at all levels could play in putting the Skills Agenda into practice, as well as the importance of partnerships between central and local authorities and public and private sector. Commissioner Navracsics underlined the dual nature of skills, which must include not only technical but also civic competences, critical thinking and entrepreneurship skills.
The Council also reached political agreement on a recommendation establishing "Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults" (formerly "Skills Guarantee"). It aims to provide opportunities for low-skilled adults to acquire a set of skills, knowledge and competences relevant for the labour market and active participation in society.

 
21 Nov
 

ECYS Council conclusions

ECYS Council adopted conclusions on promoting new approaches in youth work to uncover and develop the potential of young people.

 
21 Nov
 

CoR hosts seminar "Implementing the circular economy at the local level: How to effectively engage citizens in the process?"

International Seminar "Implementing the circular economy at the local level: How to effectively engage citizens in the process?" hosted by the CoR, with opening speech by CoR ENVE Member Mr Roby Biwer

 
14 Nov
 

Meeting of CoR Rapporteur Westley with EP shadow rapporteur Briano

In a meeting that took place on 12 October 2016, CoR Rapporteur Westley met with the shadow rapporteur of the European Parliament Mrs Renata Briano (IT/S&D) to discuss the interinstitutional aspects of the draft regulation on "Technical measures". Both rapporteurs agreed that the framework conditions, as lised in the annexes, are essential part of the regionalisation, and should not be changed drastically in advance as a part of the negotiation process. Part of the discussion was also the fact that certain flecibility is needed to meet the needs of fishers on the ground.

 
12 Nov
 

uropean Conference on Youth Self-Employment

The rapporteur represented the CoR at the European Conference on Youth Self-Employment organised by the Regional Union of Municipalities of Attica (P.E.D.A.) in collaboration with the European Network for Inclusion and Local Social Action (E.L.I.S.A.N.) in Athens.

 
11 Nov
 

European Commission proposal to amend the EU antidumping

European Commission presented a Communication on the reinforcement of the EU's Trade Defence Instrument, including the next steps to deal in a balanced way with the expiry of some provisions in China’s Protocol of
Accession to the World Trade Organisation
(WTO): Proposal to amend the EU antidumping
legislation

 
09 Nov
 

Trade Policy Day

One year after the adoption of the Commissions new trade and investment strategy entitled "Trade for all", the aim of the EP Trade Policy Day is to analyse and discuss with high-level guests, stakeholders and the civil society the state of play of the Unions Common Commercial Policy and analyse the legitimacy of trade policy.

 
09 Nov
 

Joint EESC-CoR Conference "Cork+20: leaving rural areas behind is no more an option!"

The Vice Chair presented the CoR position during the joint EESC-CoR Conference "Cork+20: leaving rural areas behind is no more an option!"

 
09 Nov
 

Appointment of EP rapporteur

The European Parliament appointed Ms Kerstin Westphal (DE/S&D) as rapporteur for an own-initiative report on "Building blocks for a post-2020 EU cohesion policy".

 
09 Nov
 

Meeting With EU Presidency to discuss the draft opinion on "Technical Measures"

Working meeting with the presidency team on fisheries, including presentation on the dossier in Council working party and the work accomplished in the CoR.

 
08 Nov
 

Stakeholder consultation

On 7 November, the rapporteur Markku Markkula organised a consultation meeting where the key themes of the opinion on Bridging the Investment Gap were discussed with representatives of regional offices, associations and other stakeholders, as well as the Commission.

 
07 Nov
 

EP Report

EP Report adopted, rapporteur Andrea Bocskor (HU/EPP)

 
27 Oct
 

Letter to Juncker on trade defence instruments

The rapporteur has (together with MEPs, representatives of labour union as well as industry) sent a letter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking that the Commission include the following elements in its forthcoming legislative proposal on trade defence instruments:
-A clear link between the trigger of the new “non-standard” anti-dumping methodology and the EU’s market economy criteria: the use of Chinese prices and costs as a basis for calculating dumping should depend on China’s and Chinese producers’ complete fulfilment of the EU’s five criteria as established by EU law and practice

  • Non-reversal of the burden of proof: it should remain up to China and Chinese exporters to prove that they operate under normal market economy conditions
  • Non-discrimination between economic sectors: the new methodology should be actionable equally by all industrial sectors and EU producers affected by injurious dumping.

 
26 Oct
 

Meeting with Lombardia representation in Brussels

The ENVE Secretariat met with Lombardia representative responsible for climate. They discussed Lombardia leading action on adaptation, including its adaptation strategy, its further implementation, and how it influenced the national and european strategies as well as how it helped Lombardy cities, business and rural areas to build their resilience.
The international level, notably the initiative RegionsAdapt and possible collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors were also among the topic of discussion.

 
26 Oct
 

CoR study: Regional and Local Adaptation in the EU since the Adoption of the EU Adaptation Strategy in 2013

Author: Evelyn Lukat, Jenny Tröltzsch, Giacomo Cazzola, Zoritza Kiresiewa, Daniel Blobel (Ecologic Institute); Alberto Terenzi, Julia Peleikis, Vasileios Latinos (ICLEI); Ray Purdy, Peter Hjerp (UCL).

This studies was ordered to support the work of rapporteur Hertell when elaborating her opinion on adaptation.

 
21 Oct
 

ENVE Commission activity

As a follow-up to the seminar letters were sent to Commissioner Vella, ENVI Committee Chair Mr La Via, and the Maltese Environment Minister.

 
20 Oct
 

ENVE Commission activity

As a follow-up to the seminar letters were sent to Commissioner Vella, ENVI Committee Chair Mr La Via, and the Maltese Environment Minister.

 
20 Oct
 

Commission Communication "Towards a robust trade policy for the EU in the interest of jobs and growth

In its Communication the European Commission announces its plans to propose a new method for calculating dumping on imports from countries where there are market distortions, or where the state has a pervasive influence on the economy (this concerns specifically, but not only, China).
The European Commission also announces that it will not grant 'market economy status' to any country but ensure that the EU's trade defence instruments are adapted to face the new challenges and legal and economic realities, while maintaining an equivalent level of protection.

 
19 Oct
 

Exchange of views between rapporteur and ENVE members

 
 

Mrs Hertell presented her working document to frame the debate on adaptation. Mr Claus Kondrup, senior policy officer on climate mainstreaming and adaptation, DG CLIMA, European Commission, made a presentation on mainstreaming climate within the EU budget. Birgit Georgi, senior project manager at the European Environment Agency presented the EEA latest report on adaptation in urban settings. Lucie Blondel, project manager in charge of Mayors Adapt/adaptation within the Covenant of Mayors also made a presentation.

 
19 Oct
 

Participation of WssTP in the ENVE Commission meeting

Exchange of views with participation of Erik Kärrman, WssTP - The European Technology Platform for Water, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Group Manager Urban Water Management.

 
19 Oct
 

Session on Affordable Energy in the External ENVE Conference on Energy Union

Moderator's presentation of the rapporteur's conclusions and the follow-up of the CoR Opinion in relation to its other political work and upcoming energy dossiers

 
18 Oct
 

Council

Environment Council Conclusions on water policy

 
17 Oct
 

Governance pillar: Adoption of Council position at first reading

The Council adopted its positions at first reading with a view to the adoption of:

  • a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 concerning the opening of the market for domestic passenger transport services by rail;
  • a Regulation repealing Regulation (EEC) No 1192/69 of the Council on common rules for the normalisation of the accounts of railway undertakings;
  • a Directive amending Directive 2012/34/EU as regards the opening of the market for domestic passenger transport services by rail and the governance of the railway infrastructure.

 
17 Oct
 

EWRC Workshop The Importance of Marine data for the Development of the Blue Economy on Local and Regional Level

Collection, quality and availability of marine data have been identified as major issue for further development of EU policies on maritime affaires and fisheries, including all aspects of Blue growth. The goal of the seminar is to discuss how policy in this field can potentially catch up with latest developments and which approach is the most suitable for local and regional authorities throughout Europe, identifying possible solutions. Particular accent during the discussion will be put on cartography and mapping for the purposes of integrated maritime policy and maritime spatial planning, and the importance of an methodological approach to the use of data for the development of the blue economy.

The seminar was followed by a practical session of the new functionalities of the European marine data portal EMODnet. Those new functionalities allow local and regional authorities throughout Europe to access freely available marine and socio-economic data in an easy-to-use format that allows them to better plan their activities in the field of the blue economy – something the CoR asked in recent opinions.

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, was invited to speak at a workshop on "Sharing economy: What challenges and opportunities for Europe?" organised by Euractiv.

 
13 Oct
 

EWRC WORKSHOP

EWRC Workshop on "EU LIFE programme: A chance for green business, innovation and job creation preserving the environment", with participation of the rapporteur.

 
12 Oct
 

EUWRC WORKSHOP "EU LIFE programme: A chance for green business, innovation and job creation preserving the environment"

Moderation of rapporteur of the EWRC Workshop on "EU LIFE programme: A chance for green business, innovation and job creation preserving the environment", which included a session on the circular economy.

 
12 Oct
 

Workshop: Overcoming obstacles to investment

President Markkula took part in a European Week of Region and Cities (EWRC) workshop on "Overcoming obstacles to investment", along with representatives of the OECD, think-tanks and academia.

The workshop was also the occasion of the presentation of several new reports:

  • The results of a CoR survey of local and regional authorities on investment
  • A new study by Metis GmbH on Obstacles to investment at local and regional level
  • The latest CoR Monitoring Report of Europe 2020 and the European Semester, with a thematic focus on investment.

 
12 Oct
 

Meeting with Sardinia Minister for Environment

Minister for Environment of Sardinia, Donatella Spano, met with rapporteur Sirpa Hertell to talk about regional adoption, vertical and horizontal coordination, cross-sector collaboration, as well as Sardinia's experience as coordinator of the Italian inter-regional board for the implementation of the national adaptation strategy. Mrs Spano also talked about Sardinia's involvement at international level within the Under 2°C Memorandum of Understanding and her subsequent experience in sharing best practice.

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of CoR opinion on circular economy action plan – invitation of EC VP Katainen (tbc)

 
11 Oct
 

European Commission and European Investment Bank

Meetings of the rapporteur with European Commission and European Investment Bank (tbc)

 
11 Oct
 

EP TRAN committee

The TRAN commitee endorsed the text that had been agreed during the interinstitutional negotiations.

 
11 Oct
 

 119th Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions

Adoption

 
11 Oct
 

EC workshop: Mainstreaming of climate action into the Cohesion policy funds 2014-2020

Rapporteur Sirpa Hertell, together with CoR member Christian Illedits (AT/PES), were speakers at a workshop organised by DG CLIMA adaptation Unit during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

Speakers were: Mrs. Yordi Beatriz, DG CLIMA head of Unit (Chair), Ms. Hertell Sirpa , Mr. Illedits Christian , Mr. Kondrup Claus, DG CLIMA , Ms. Miladinova Gergana DG REGIO.

Climate change mainstreaming is an important new feature of the Cohesion policy and significant funds have been allocated to climate-related actions.
The workshop presented the achievements and outlined what further efforts are needed. It was be based on presentations by (1) CLIMA on climate policy, climate mainstreaming, main results; (2) REGIO on the link with sustained and sustainable economic growth, (3) Two cities / regions on best practices in climate mainstreaming.

 
11 Oct
 

Meeting with EP Rapporteur

The rapporteur met EP Rapporteur Sabine Verheyen (EPP/DE). She delivers the draft report on 13 November 2016 and IMCO Committee will adopt it in February/ March 2017. The CoR opinion is very much in line with her point of view.

 
10 Oct
 

NAT Commission Seminar in Hastings, UK

Members of the CoR NAT Commission will meet in Hastings, UK during a one-day seminar to discuss economic development in coastal towns based on fisheries. The event under the title "Implementation of Sustainable Innovative Projects in Coastal Towns:
Regions leading the Way" will enable the exchange of knowledge, experiences and know-how on local and regional strategies in terms of business development, local investments, tourism, rural policy and fisheries/maritime policy.

 
07 Oct
 

Security Union Commissioner King visited Mechelen to discuss prevention of radicalisation

EU Security Union Commissioner Julian King visited the Belgian city of Mechelen as part of the Commission's commitment to step up its work in tackling radicalisation. He met Mechelen Mayor Bart Somers to discuss what has become known as the "Mechelen approach" in fighting radicalisation. Commissioner King met a wide range of local experts, including the Council's Radicalisation Officer and the Head of the Mechelen Police. Mr Somers and Commissioner King spoke with victims of terrorism and families directly affected by terrorism and exchanged views with frontline workers – such as youth and social workers, as well as activists involved in a variety of grassroots initiatives including sports and art projects.

 
07 Oct
 

Security Union Commissioner King visits Mechelen - Press Coverage

Various articles:

 
07 Oct
 

EU Youth Conference in Kosice, organised by the Slovak Presidency

The rapporteur represented the CoR at the conference

 
06 Oct
 

Climate Alliance working group meeting on adaptation

Rapporteur Hertell participated in the Climate Alliance working group meeting on adaptation in Krems, Austria. The local adaptation experts made suggestions to the rapporteur and had a fruitful exchange with the rapporteur on all topics of the opinion (governance, financing, stakeholders engagement, risk assurance).
During the Working Group, Mrs Hertell was joined by Giuliana Torta from DG CLIMA. She provided more details about the Commission's review plans for the strategy.

 
05 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, discussed how to bridge the investment gap with a group of experts and stakeholders.
The organisations represented in the meeting were: the European Policy Centre (EPC), the European Long-Term Investors' Association (ELTIA), the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME), BusinessEurope, Caisse des Dépôts and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).

 
04 Oct
 

Rapporteur's Activities

The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG REGIO to discuss the role of financial instruments in bridging the investment gap.

 
04 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG ECFIN to discuss his working document on "Bridging the investment gap: How to tackle the challenges".

 
04 Oct
 

Commissioner Ms Vĕra Jourová met Bart Somers

Mr Bart Somers, Mayor of the Belgian Municipality of Mechelen and CoR-rapporteur, met EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova, to discuss cooperation in combating radicalisation and increasing joint efforts for more inclusive societies.

 
29 Sep
 

First discussion of the draft opinion in COTER

  • Presentation of the draft opinion by the rapporteur;
  • Statement by Nicola De Michelis, Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, European Commission;
  • Statement by Olga Zrihen (BE/PES), representing the CoR ECON commission;
  • Statement by Randel Länts (ET/PES), representing the CoR NAT commission;
  • A first discussion of the draft opinion with members followed.

 
29 Sep
 

Debate in Council

The collaborative economy and the Commission communication of 2 June were the topic of a policy debate at the 3485th Council meeting (Competitiveness configuration) of 29 September 2016. Among other elements, the Council indicated that many member states are currently updating or revising their legislation to take account of the development of the collaborative economy.

 
29 Sep
 

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholder consultation on the opinion "Effective water management system: an approach to innovative solutions"

 
28 Sep
 

Debate in ECON

The rapporteur's draft opinion was debated by Members of the ECON Commission, with European Parliament rapporteur, Nicola DANTI, and European Commission representative, Henning EHRENSTEIN.
ECON members amended and adopted the draft opinion, which is now scheduled for final adpoption in the CoR plenary of 7-8 December 2016.

 
28 Sep
 

Exchange of views in ECON

Members of ECON debated the rapporteur's working document, with statements from Mr Roberto GUALTIERI (IT/S&D), Chair of the European Parliament's ECON Committee, and Ms Mary Veronica TOVSAK PLETERSKI, Director for Investment, growth and structural reforms, in DG EFCIN, European Commission.

 
28 Sep
 

Participation to the Forum on Adaptation - Climate Chance Summit

The ENVE Secretariat participated to the Forum on "Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience – exploring and unlocking opportunities" organised within the framework of the Climate Chance Summit gathering all non-Party stakeholders.

The CoR and rapporteur Sirpa Hertell contributed to the roadmap discussed during the forum and are part of the Adaptation Coalition co-piloted by Climate Alliance, Green Cross and the International Chamber of Commerce.

 
28 Sep
 

Meeting with E3G on risks and insurance

The ENVE Secretariat met with E3G consultancy in order to discuss the content of the opinion, notably risk insurance, how to improve processes instead of focusing on targets, and how to boost local resilience through EU support.

 
28 Sep
 

Meeting with Commissioner Yurki Katainen

Meeting with Commissioner Jyrki Katainen to discuss: the investment in tourism-related SMEs, pilot events of the EC and the CoR, to raise awareness about the existing funding, annual EU Budget heading for promoting tourism to finance innovative cross-border projects, investment programmes facilitating cross-border investment and PPP models, etc.

 
27 Sep
 

Meeting with MEP Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar

Lunchtime meeting with MEP Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar to discuss the future CoR – EP cooperation in tourism

 
27 Sep
 

Meeting with the European Travel Commission

Discussion with Eduardo Santander (European Travel Commission) on the proposals included in the opinion and ways to cooperate

 
27 Sep
 

Discussion with MEP István Ujhelyi

Discussion with MEP István Ujhelyi on the future cooperation with the European Parliament on tourism

 
27 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with a representative of the Slovak rotating Presidency of the Council, to discuss his work "Bridging the investment gap" and the interplay with the priorities of the Slovak Presidency.

 
27 Sep
 

economics of adaptation workshop - EC DG Research

The ENVE Secretariat participated in the ECONADAPT workshop organised by DG Research. The workshop from the DG Research funded ECONADAPT project on the economics of adaptation synthesised the findings of the ECONADAPT project. It also included findings from other DG Research adaptation projects. The aim was to bring research together to help inform the 2017 Adaptation review and provide input to Action 4 of the adaptation strategy on building the information base.

 
27 Sep
 

Participation in the CEPLI conference

Speaker at the CEPLI conference on "Financing investments in tourism industry to increase competitiveness and attractiveness of European territories"

 
26 Sep
 

Meeting with the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU

Meeting with David Kerr and Emma La Ferla from the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU: discussion on the priorities of the upcoming MT Presidency in the area of tourism and possibilities for cooperation

 
26 Sep
 

eGovernment at Regional and local level: Have your say and shape our Public Administrations of the future

Multi-stakeholder event organised by SEDEC Secretariat and DG CNECT

 
20 Sep
 

Rapporteur's Activities

The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG REGIO to discuss the challenge of administrative capacity in relation to the investment gap.

 
20 Sep
 

Rapporteur's Activities

The rapporteur, President Markku Markkula, met with representatives of the European Commission's DG GROW to discuss Innovation Policy and Investment for Growth, in relation to his opinion on "Bridging the investment gap"

 
20 Sep
 

Council Conclusions on the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

The General Affaires Council adopted Council Conclusions on the eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

 
20 Sep
 

Stakeholders' consultation

A stakeholders' consultation was organised in order to collect inputs from local and regional representations in Brussels as well as networks and organisations.

While ICLEI sent a written contribution and Climate Alliance was present as expert advising rapporteur for her Opinion, UECBV, ALDA, European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountains, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), CEMR, Euro Coop, Euromontana,Airport Regions Conference, Midi-Pyrenees Europe, Helsinki EU Office, Natureherit Design & Consult BV and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) participated to the consultation.

 
19 Sep
 

SEDEC commission

Adoption of the opinion in the SEDEC commission

 
19 Sep
 

Appointment of Rapporteur

Ms Marcelle HENDRICKX is appointed Rapporteur for the own-initiative opinion

 
19 Sep
 

Appointment of Rapporteur

Ms Budde was appointed Rapporteur for the own-initaitive opinion

 
19 Sep
 

The role of the EU's regional and local authorities in addressing the refugee crisis:

Europe's migration challenge is an area where European citizens want to see more European action. As Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, told the CoR Plenary Session last year, local and regional authorities are on the frontline of the challenges, but also at the heart of the solution because they often provide the first services when migrants arrive.

On the invitation of Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of the Region of Central Macedonia, the EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions will meet in one of Europe's most affected regions, Thessaloniki, on 16 September, to take stock of the situation and find common responses for the future.

 
16 Sep
 

Actions for Nature conference

EEB conference "Actions for Nature – Getting Europe on track to meet its 2020 targets" hosted by the rapporteur at the CoR

 
14 Sep
 

European Commission

Participation of ENVE secretariat as observer in meeting of the European Commission Expert Group Greening the Semester and national Experts for the EIR.

 
14 Sep
 

ENVE Commission activity

Event of CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment on the role of local and regional authorities in the new EC Environmental Implementation Review. Participation of CoR rapporteur.

 
13 Sep
 

Meeting with LIFE Platform - Low Impact Fisheries of Europe

The NAT sectretariat met wit representatives of Low Impact Fishers of Europe, a platform dedicated to small-scale fishers who use low impact fishing gears and methods. Subject of the discussion was the impact of small-scale fisheries for small fishing communitues. The proceedings of the discussion were sent later to CoR Rapporteur Ms Emily Westley.

 
13 Sep
 

European Parliament

The EP resolution on an EU strategy for the Alpine region was adopted in Plenary session.

 
13 Sep
 

ENVE Commission activity

Event of CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment on the role of local and regional authorities in the new EC Environmental Implementation Review. With participation of Mr Cooper.

 
13 Sep
 

Results of the Informal Farm Council

INFORMAL FARM COUNCIL – SLOVAK’S MATECNA PUSHES FOR EU-WIDE FOOD CHAIN RULES
Slovak Agriculture Minister & current Council chair Gabriela Matečná called for a common, EU-wide response to curb unfair trading practices (UTPs) along the food chain at the informal gathering in Bratislava this week (Sept 11-13), while a number of delegations inc. DE, UK, SE, NL, FI, BE, LV & DK favour the current voluntary approach. Strengthening the position of farmers in the supply chain & tackling UTPs is a key priority for the Central European country, with Matečná adding that “price formation is lacking in transparency” making a case to extend market observatories to provide data on margins, retail & consumer prices. “Farmers are producing our food & thus determining our health … they must have fair conditions throughout the common market”, she added. This morning’s formal discussion in the ornate Reduta concert hall – home to the Slovak Philharmonic – was guided by 3 key questions on how to enhance farmers’ bargaining power - i) how can current farm policy be improved inc. support for farmers to better organise themselves into Producer Organisations when dealing with large retailers; ii) which measures need to be implemented at European level to achieve price transparency in the entire food supply chain; & iii) what form of a common framework at EU level is the most efficient to address UTPs.
Proceedings kicked off in Bratislava’s historic old town on Sun evening (Sept 11), while Ministers, delegates & journalists alike were treated to a warm Slovak welcome during their stay. Most agreed that the highlight of the well-organised visit was an impressive display of thoroughbred horses at the National Stud on the grounds of Château Topoľčianky. There was a good turn-out at the gathering, with each country represented by the Minister or Deputy. There were some notable exceptions inc. Czech Republic’s Marian Jurečka who remained in Prague to prepare the country’s budget & Lithuania’s Virginija Baltraitienė who was on the campaign trail back home ahead of elections on Oct 9. The UK’s George Eustice was also in attendance, while Ireland’s Michael Creed was upbeat on his arrival having just returned from a successful trade mission to China & Singapore, accompanied by representatives of major Irish agri-food firms.
Speaking ahead of the gala dinner at Bratislava Castle on the Monday evening, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan said “as we are working to address the agricultural crisis through measures in the short-term, we are well-advised to keep looking at the longer-term & any solutions that can structurally improve the situation of farmers”. But he cautioned that “we should not fall in the trap of believing that finding the right answers to the questions are the be-all & end-all to certain agricultural sectors’ current calamities”. It is not possible “to regulate our way out of a basic imbalance of supply & demand …. [certain] measures can improve the situation but cannot turn the laws of supply & demand on their head”, he concluded. The EU’s farm chief departed early from the informal to make his way to the EP in Strasbourg to attend a key College meeting on the review of the Multi-annual Financial Framework & prepare Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘State of the Union’ address (from 9am on Sept 14)

 
11 Sep
 

European week

Round table on the Covenant of Mayors, organised in the framework of the European week 'Modena is Europe, Europe is Modena' at the Festa de l'Unità in Modena

 
07 Sep
 

The rapporteur addressed the RARHA's Policy Dialogue

RARHA (Reducting alcohol related harm) presented the findings of its three years project about Alcohol consumption and harms in Europe today. It also introduced its tool-kit for evidence-based good practices in action to prevent alcohol related harm. The rapporteur participated at the discussions on how to make use of these results and foster implementation and sustainability. Other panelists included: John Ryan, Director, DG SANTE, European Commission;
Jose Inacio Faria, MEP, European Parliament;
Lubomir Okruhlica, Director, Center for Drug Addiction, Slovakia

 
06 Sep
 

Voices of Molenbeek Conference

The event will be introduced by Mr. Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen and CoR member, author of the CoR report on "Combatting radicalisation and violent extremism: prevention mechanisms at local and regional level", adopted at the last Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions.

 
06 Sep
 

CoR PES group external meeting on circular economy

CoR PES group external meeting on circular economy, Umbria – with participation of the rapporteur

 
05 Sep
 

CoR representation at the European Conference on Rural Development

Exactly 20 years after the ground-breaking European Conference on Rural Development in Cork, which concluded with the signing of the Cork Declaration on Rural Development, the European Commission, under the responsibility of Commissioner Phil Hogan has organised a second European Conference on Rural Development in Cork on 5-6 September 2016.

The Conference was aimed at bringing together 300 or so stakeholders in order to discuss current and future challenges of farming and rural areas, as well as potential policy responses - with a view to drafting a new Cork Declaration.

 
05 Sep
 

Meeting in the European Parliament

Joint meeting DEVE/AFET
Exchange of views with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (summit on 19 Septermber)
Exchange of views with the Commission and the EEAS

 
01 Sep
 

Meeting in DG DEVCO

Exchange of views with Ms Camilla Hagstrom, Head of Sector Migration and Asylum,nit B.3 Migration, Employment, Inequalities, EC DG DEVCO

 
30 Aug
 

Meeting in the European Parliament

Exchange of views on "Migration, displacement and development in a changing Arab world" with Karoline Popp, from International Organisation for Migration - mena Regional Office during the AFET Committee meeting
Exchange of views on "EU cooperation with third countries: ambitions and results following the Valletta summit (11-12 November 2015)" with Mbarka Bouaida, Minister attached to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco and Ambassador Hisham Badr, Assistant Foreign Minister of Multilateral Affairs of Egypt
Mr Bossman attended the meeting and has been given the floor during the discussions. He informed that the CoR is preparing an opinion and stressed that local authorities are strongly impacted by the migration flows in several ways having to provide services like housing, education, health etc.

 
30 Aug
 

Meeting of the Rapporteur Ms Emily Westley with the European Commission

CoR Rapporteur on Technical Measures in fisheries met together with her team with European Commission officials to discuss the Proposal and the CoR draft opinion.

 
29 Aug
 

European Commission

Meeting at Directors level between the CoR secretariat and the European Commission to explore possible cooperation on the EIR.

 
25 Aug
 

Conference of The Slovak Presidency - Totalitarian Regimes

Mr. Bart Sommers made specific suggestions to the Slovalk Presidency on how to prevent radicalisation.

 
22 Aug
 

Working meetings with EC's DG MARE

The secretariat has held multiple working meetings with representatives of European Commission's directorate for maritime affairs and fisheries to present the ongoing works and get latest updates on the dossier, and the repporteur has been briefed accordingly. Similar contacts have been made with the responsible secretariats in the Council and the European Parliament.

 
15 Aug
 

Subsidiarity Analysis

Consultation of the Subsidiarity Expert Group

 
29 Jul
 

Stakeholder consultation

The rapporteur and his expert discussed their ideas and point of view regarding the new AVMSD proposal.

 
28 Jul
 

Meeting with DG CNECT

The rapporteur met DG CNECT Head of Unit in charge and discussed the Commission's proposal.

 
28 Jul
 

European Commission maintains its proposal

The European Commission adopted a Communication re-examining its proposal for a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive in the context of the subsidiarity control mechanism that several national parliaments triggered in May. After careful consideration of their views, the Commission concluded that the proposal for a revision of the Directive does not constitute a breach of the subsidiarity principle.

 
20 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met with representatives of the European Commission's DG GROW to discuss the Communication on the collaborative economy.

 
13 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur attended the debate on the "European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy" in the meeting of the European Parliament's IMCO Committee, and met the EP rapporteur, Nicola Danti.

 
13 Jul
 

EP TRAN committee: Endorsement of trilogue agreement

The EP TRAN committee endorsed the trilogue agreement of 19 April 2016 on the governance pillar.

 
11 Jul
 

Council

Ministerial Conference on Water Management, organised by Slovak EU Presidency.

 
11 Jul
 

7th meeting of towns and regions in Bratislava on „Invest und Connect“

Speech at the Summit

 
08 Jul
 

European Parliament's Resolution on the priorities for 2017

European Parliament's Resolution on the priorities for 2017

 
06 Jul
 

European Parliament adopts a resolution on the preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020

On 6 July, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020: Parliament’s input ahead of the Commission’s proposal.

 
06 Jul
 

European Commission implementation report

The European Commission published its implementation report on the 2011 White Paper on Transport in the form of a staff working document (SWD(2016) 226 final)

 
01 Jul
 

9th meeting of the ENVE Commisson

ENVE Commission
Adoption of CoR draft opinion on circular economy action plan – with the participation of Mr Peltomäki, Deputy Director General DG GROW, European Commission, and representative of Circular Friesland project.

 
30 Jun
 

European Parliament ENVI

ENVI Committee – deadline for submitting amendments to ENVI report on legislative proposals amending waste directives is the 30 June at midnight.

 
30 Jun
 

Adoption of Opinion on COP22, including a part on adaptation

On 30th June, the draft opinion "Delivering the global climate agreement – a territorial approach to COP22 in Marrakesh" (Rapporteur: Francesco Pigliaru, ENVE Commission Chair, President of Sardinia, (IT/PES)) was adopted in ENVE Commission and included a part on adaptation. This part highlighted the need for adaptation policy to be integrated within a comprehensive climate policy and introduced the opinion to come on adaptation for which Mrs Hertell is rapporteur.

 
30 Jun
 

CoR Conference COP22: Regions and cities mobilised for climate

In this conference organised by the CoR, the Regional minister of Environment of Sardinia, Donatella Spano, gave a presentation on: "Multi-level governance – the regional level as a pivotal level to ensure coherent policy-making, the example of adaptation".
She gave a clear overview of the contribution of regions in the promotion of resilience throughout Europe and beyond. She also demonstrated how regions can help translate EU and national strategies down to the local level and help their territories and small towns and cities to adapt to climate change.
This session on how to engage all actors on implementation was chaired by Sirpa Hertell.

 
29 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

President Markkula delivered the closing remarks at the conference "The Juncker Plan : and so what?" organised by the European Parliament Intergroup for long term investment.

More details on President Markkula's remarks here.

 
28 Jun
 

European Parliament Conference

The ETS reform proposals and their effect on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry:
Event speakers:

  • Mr. Antonello Pezzini, Rapporteur, European Economic & Social Committee
  • Mr. Marco Dus, Rapporteur, Committee of the Regions
  • Ms. Emilie Alberola, Phd Programme Director, I4CE
  • Mr. Maarten Neelis, Phd Principal Consultant, Ecofys
  • Mr. Sylvain Lefebvre, Deputy General Secretary, IndustriAll
  • Dr. Hanny Nover, Director of the ECRN e.V. Network Secretariat
  • Ms. Emma Argutyan, Secretary General, ECEG
  • Mr. Marco Mensink, General Director, Cefic

 
28 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

President Markkula delivered the closing remarks at the conference "The Juncker Plan : and so what?" organised by the European Parliament Intergroup for long term investment.

More details on President Markkula's remarks here.

 
28 Jun
 

Meeting between rapporteur Hertell and DG CLIMA Head of Unit Yordi

Rapporteur Sirpa Hertell met with DG CLIMA head of Unit on adaptation, Beatriz Yordi and her team.
Mrs Yordi confirmed that the CoR opinion timeline matched perfectly the EC timeline for the evaluation and review of the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change.
Mrs Hertell and Mrs Yordi discussed about adaptation policy and financing. They discussed about the importance of the Covenant of Mayors, how national strategies should develop down to the local level + inversely how cities are leading on adaptation.
Economic aspects, themes of good governance, cross-border/transnational aspects and macro-regional strategies were also discussed.
Mrs Hertell insisted in the role of regions to build resilience within territories and that it should also be featured within the next strategy.

 
28 Jun
 

Presentation of a Working Document on "Technical Measures in Fisheries"

During the 9th meeting of the CoR NAT Commission the rapporteur Ms Emily WESTLEY (UK/PES) presented the working document and discussed with NAT members the proposal on technical measeures and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

 
27 Jun
 

Debate on Small Scale Fisheries in European Coastal Communities and Regions

In the afternoon session of its 9th meeting, the CoR NAT Commission held a debate on the future of European small-scale fisheries with representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the fishing industry and Fishermen. The accent of the discussion was the importance of small fisheries for the unique economic ecosystem of small coastal towns. After the end of the meeting, CoR members had a separate meeting with representatives from Croatian FLAGs and LAGs.

 
27 Jun
 

Trilogue agreement

Further to the trilogue meetings on 18 April 2016, 24 May and 9 June 2016, an agreement was reached between the Council and the Parliament at the trilogue meeting of 27 June 2016.

 
27 Jun
 

EP ENVI deadline for amendments

Deadline for amendments 23 June at 12h00

 
23 Jun
 

CoR ENVE secretariat with EP ENVI Committee

Meeting of CoR ENVE secretariat with EP ENVI Committee secretariat to explore possible cooperation on the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR).

 
23 Jun
 

Working meeting with EC's DG CLIMA

ENVE Secretariat and EPP group met with DG CLIMA's adaptation unit in order to discuss the objectives of the own-initiative opinion and the timeline to feed usefully within DG CLIMA's work on adaptation. This meeting also prepared a formal meeting between rapporteur Sirpa Hertell and Head of Unit Beatriz Yordi. DG CLIMA insisted on the usefulness to have more information on the economic impact of climate change at local level. It also discussed about the publication of a study on the mainstreaming of climate within EU budget.

 
23 Jun
 

Conference "Towards Zero Waste cities: How local authorities can apply waste prevention policies"

Conference "Towards Zero Waste cities: How local authorities can apply waste prevention policies", hosted by CoR member Michel Lebrun (BE/EPP) at the CoR, co-organised by RREUSE and Zero Waste Europe.

 
22 Jun
 

9th Meeting - SEDEC Commission

First discussion and adoption

 
22 Jun
 

Adoption of the draft opinion in ECON

ECON Commission adopts the opinion by majority vote‹

 
21 Jun
 

Workshop organised by COR Civex Commission and several other actors

Workshop evaluation on Solid Waste Management

 
21 Jun
 

Council Conclusions on Circular Economy Action Plan

ENV Council – Council Conclusions on Circular Economy Action Plan

 
20 Jun
 

ENV Council

ENV Council – Political orientation on legislative proposals amending waste directives (tbc)

 
20 Jun
 

Council

ENV Council debate or conclusions on delivering better results in environment policy

 
20 Jun
 

Working Group GHG ACCREDIA

Conference organized by ACCREDIA (an Italian body recognized by the national government dealing with certification and accreditation activities). Mr Dus presented his opinion and delivered a speech.

 
20 Jun
 

New appointment as rapporteur

During the ECON Commission meeting of 20 June 2016, Benedetta Brighenti was appointed rapporteur for a new opinion on the sharing/collaborative economy. Specifically dealing with the EC Communication "A European agenda for the collaborative economy". (COM(2016 356 final).

 
20 Jun
 

Vote in the EP's INTA Committee

Vote on the draft opinion. More than 400 amendments tabled.

 
16 Jun
 

European Commission

The rapporteur and his expert attended bilateral meetings with different services of DG Environment, European Commission.

 
16 Jun
 

European Parliament

The draft report on an EU strategy for the Alpine region was adopted in REGI.

 
16 Jun
 

EP ENVI

Exchange of views on the draft report

 
15 Jun
 

Vote of CoR opinion in Cor Plenary Session

Vote of CoR opinion in Cor Plenary Session

 
15 Jun
 

Resolution adopted in the CoR Plenary Session

The CoR members adopted, in the CoR's 118th Plenary Session, a Resolution on the Draft Annual EU Budget for 2017.

 
15 Jun
 

Meeting with different stakeholders

Following up on their meetings in May, the rapporteur and her expert met with following stakeholders in order to collect their views on the issues at stake: the European Public Health Alliance, the Alcohol Policy Youth Network, the EUCAM and Brewers of Europe.

 
15 Jun
 

Opinion adopted in the CoR Plenary Session

The opinion was adopted in the 118th Plenary Session of the CoR.

 
15 Jun
 

Adoption of the draft Opinion in the CoR Plenary Session

The opinion was adopted in the Plenary by the majority of votes. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis attended the debate, underlining the essential role that play regions and cities in combatting food waste: "They can implement concrete actions on the ground to fight food waste, working directly with citizens as well as a wide range of actors including schools, community markets, restaurants, food businesses and food banks or charitable organisations." The Committee of the Regions was also invited to join the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste which will start operating in autumn 2016.

 
15 Jun
 

Meeting with EP rapporteur Martin

The rapporteur met with Edouard Martin, the rapporteur for the EP resolution on a sustainable European industry of base metals.

 
14 Jun
 

Meeting with Commission Director Cozigou

The rapporteur met with Mr Gwenole Cozigou, director at DG GROW, reposible for EU steel policy.

 
14 Jun
 

Meeting with EP rapporteur Martin

The rapporteur met with Edouard Martin, the rapporteur for the EP resolution on a sustainable European industry of base metals.

 
14 Jun
 

Meeting with Commission Director Cozigou

The rapporteur met with Mr Gwenole Cozigou, director at DG GROW, reposible for EU steel policy.

 
14 Jun
 

FORUM of the CoR Covenant Ambassadors

June FORUM of the CoR Covenant Ambassadors as part of the 2016 EUSEW, rapporteur Tűttö moderated the part on the Covenant Ambassadors

 
14 Jun
 

Single Market Forum intervention

Mr Pastacci, in his capacity as the CoR rapporteur on the SM strategy, held an introductory speech in the workkshop on Public Procurement in the framework of the Single Market Forum: Working together to strengthen the Single Market for EU businesses and consumers, coorganised by the European Commission and the Dutch Presidency.

 
13 Jun
 

ENVE commission study visit on circular economy

ENVE commission study visit on circular economy to Copenhagen and Nordsjælland, Denmark

 
09 Jun
 

ENVE commission study visit

ENVE commission study visit on circular economy to Copenhagen and Nordsjælland, Denmark

 
09 Jun
 

EC workshop: Implementing the EU Adaptation Strategy

The ENVE Secretariat participated in this interactive policy workshop on Implementing the EU Adaptation Strategy with practical insights and policy recommendations. The workshop gathered scientists and practitionners together and gave deeper insights on how to identify the best solutions to address climate change adaptation challenges at a local/regional level.
This workshop concluded 4-year EU funded BASE project (DG Research°

 
09 Jun
 

CoR local event and European Green Week partner event

CoR local event and European Green Week partner event organised by the rapporteur on "EU environment law and INSPIRE: improving reporting and compliance - investing for a greener future" in Rakvere, Estonia.

With participation of Estonian Environment Minister, and CoR members Ms Matoniene, Ms Haijanen and Mr Silberg. Good coverage in national media.

 
02 Jun
 

European Commission Communication

On 2 June 2016 the European Commission presented a Communication entitled "A European agenda for the collaborative economy". The document aims to provide (non-legally binding) guidance on how existing EU law – such as the Services Directive or E-commerce Directive – applies to collaborative economy business models.

 
02 Jun
 

EP report amendments

Deadlines for the amendments on the EP report 1 June at 12:00.

 
01 Jun
 

Rapporteur's Activities

At the invitation of MEP Nicola Danti, the CoR rapporteur Benedetta Brighenti took part in a debate entitled "how to regulate the sharing economy: a common EU approach and/or different measures at national level?" organised in the European Parliament.

 
01 Jun
 

Rapporteur's Activities

At the invitation of MEP Nicola Danti, the CoR rapporteur Benedetta Brighenti took part in a debate entitled "how to regulate the sharing economy: a common EU approach and/or different measures at national level?" organised in the European Parliament.

 
01 Jun
 

Exchange of views in COTER

The rapporteur presented a working document to the COTER commission. A discussion with members followed.

 
31 May
 

Opinion adopted at the 8th COTER meeting in Amsterdam

The opinion was discussed and adopted at the 8th meeting of COTER commission in Amsterdam.

 
31 May
 

CoR Forum on the EU Urban Agenda

The CoR organised the Forum on the EU Urban Agenda in Amsterdam on 30 May 2016, jointly with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, the Association of the Provinces of the Netherlands, the City of Amsterdam and the Province of Noord-Holland. The Forum was an excellent opportunity to group the key players in charge of the Urban Agenda. Participants had the opportunity to learn about urban best practices and take part in very interesting discussions on how cities can become smarter, greener and more inclusive, as well as, how cities can cooperate with neighbouring municipalities within functional regions. There was a general consensus about the fact that the adoption of the Pact of Amsterdam was not the end, but only the beginning of a continuous process of implementing the Urban Agenda.

 
30 May
 

Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council meeting

First exchange of views at Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council meeting

 
30 May
 

European Commission

European Commission Stakeholder Workshop on the Fitness Check on Environmental Monitoring and Reporting, with participation of ENVE Secretariat and short presentation of CoR opinion

 
27 May
 

European Commission

European Commission adopts Communication "Delivering the benefits of EU environmental policies through a regular Environmental Implementation Review" (EIR), COM(2016) 316 final. The also states that "The Commission will also liaise with the Committee of the Regions in respect of the key horizontal findings in order to engage with local and regional representatives in raising awareness about specific actions (footnote: For example through the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment set up by the Committee of the Regions and the Commission, referred to in the 7th EAP, p. 189). The outcomes of these dialogues will inform the Commission's follow up of each EIR cycle."

 
27 May
 

European Commission

European Commission adopts Staff Working Document "Towards a Fitness Check of EU environmental monitoring and reporting: to ensure effective monitoring, more transparency and focused reporting of EU environment policy", SWD(2016) 188. The SWD recognises the CoR opinion by stating that "This undertaking will only be successful if all involved join forces. The Commission and its services will engage actively through workshops, consultations, evidence gathering and bilateral dialogues with EU institutions and bodies to find the best ways forward throughout the process; the opinion of the Committee of the Regions is a valuable contribution to this end."

 
27 May
 

European Commission

EC adopts Communication on Delivering the benefits of EU environmental policies through a regular Environmental Implementation Review
COM(2016) 316 final

 
27 May
 

Competitiveness Council meeting

Competitiveness Council adopted Conclusions on the "Digital Single Market Tecnologies and Public Services Modernisation" Package

 
26 May
 

Conference on the Social Pillar

Mr Höfer attended a conference on the social pillar, organised by the Brussels representation of North Rhine-Westphalia

 
26 May
 

Technical pillar: Publication of legal acts in the Official Journal

The legal acts under the technical pillar were published in the Official Journal on 26 May 2016. They will enter into force on 15 June 2016:

  • Regulation (EU) 2016/796 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the European Union Agency for Railways and repealing Regulation (EC) No 881/2004 (OJ L 138, 26.5.2016, p. 1–43)
  • Directive (EU) 2016/797 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (OJ L 138, 26.5.2016, p. 44–101)
  • Directive (EU) 2016/798 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on railway safety (OJ L 138, 26.5.2016, p. 102–149)

 
26 May
 

Publication of the Proposal for a Directive amending the AVSD Directive

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities

 
25 May
 

Gender equality and women on boards. How to progress in getting women on boards.

The Rapporteur represented the CoR at the event "Gender equality and women on boards. How to progress in getting women on boards." organised by the European Commission representation in Madrid.

 
25 May
 

Gender equality and women on boards. How to progress in getting women on boards.

The Rapporteur represents the CoR at the event "Gender equality and women on boards. How to progress in getting women on boards." organised by the European Commission representation in Madrid.

 
25 May
 

Seminar on Innovation, Creativity and Gender

On 24 May 2016, the rapporteur participated in a "Vision & Practices" seminar organized in Gävle (Sweden) under the Erasmus + project. Under the title "Smart specialisation and innovation with a Gender perspective", Ms Renström presented CoR/SEDEC activities related to smart research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3). She also underlined the importance ofensuring gender balance in governance, business, Higher Education and ICT.

 
24 May
 

Meeting with different stakeholders

The rapporteur met with following stakeholders: Eurocare, Eurohealtnet, European Chronic disease alliance (ECDA), European public health alliance, EUCAM, Alcohol Policy Youth Network, Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV), Wine in moderation and Brewers of Europe to collect their views on the issues at stake.

 
24 May
 

Stakeholder Consultation

The stakeholder consultation was organised in order to exchange views with representatives of organisations working on digital public sector questions and regional offices, to gather the different points of views and discuss the main issues relevant for the opinion.

 
23 May
 

EP ENVI rapporteur Bonafè

Implementation session ENVI on Waste Framework Directive and Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 23-24 May

 
23 May
 

Meeting the European Commission DG Health and Food Safety officials

The rapporteur met the Deputy Head of Unit for Health Determinants, Mr Artur Furtado and his team to discuss Commission's work programme in the field.

 
23 May
 

Natura 2000 Awards

Representation of the CoR rapporteur in the jury and the award ceremony for the Natura 2000 awards 2016.

 
23 May
 

EP ENVI/ Rapporteur Bonafè

Deadline for submission of the draft report 18 May

 
18 May
 

Rapporteur's Activities

Benedetta Brighenti took part in the OuiShare Fest 2016 on 18 May in Paris, specifically in a debate on "Policy, The Platform & The City"

 
18 May
 

Rapporteur's Activities

Benedetta Brighenti took part in the OuiShare Fest 2016 on 18 May in Paris, specifically in a debate on "Policy, The Platform & The City"

 
18 May
 

Stakeholder Consultation

Ms Renstrom held a stakeholder consultation in Brussels

 
18 May
 

Franco-German initiative for more effective trade defence initiatives in the steel sector.

At the foreign affairs council on 13 May 2016, France and Germany joined forces and put forward an initiative aimed at unblocking the council and allowing for more effective trade defence initiatives in the steel sector.

 
13 May
 

Franco-German initiative for more effective trade defence initiatives in the steel sector.

At the foreign affairs council on 13 May 2016, France and Germany joined forces and put forward an initiative aimed at unblocking the council and allowing for more effective trade defence initiatives in the steel sector.

 
13 May
 

Meeting in the European Commission

Rapporteur meets officials of the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union ​

 
13 May
 

Rapporteur meets representative associations

Rapporteur has meetings with representatives of Eurochambres and CEMR

 
13 May
 

Consultation meetings

Two consultation meetings for the CoR Opinion on "The REFIT Programme – local and regional perspective" were organised on 12 May:

  • with Mr Jean-François BENCE, the Director of EESC Directorate C - Legislative work
  • with Mr Ricardo MAGGI, member of VP Timmermans' cabinet responsible for Better Regulation and Mr Norbert SAGSTETTER, the SG Deputy Head of Unit for Evaluation, Regulatory Fitness

 
11 May
 

European Parliament and Council: Signature of final acts on the technical pillar

The final Acts on the technical pillar were signed on 11 May 2016 and published in the Official Journal on 26 May 2016. The three legal acts entered into force on the twentieth day following that of their publication in the Official Journal, hence on 15 June 2016.

 
11 May
 

Yellow Card Procedure

The 'Yellow Card' procedure was triggered after 14 parliamentary chambers in 11 EU countries objected to the Commission's proposal to review the posting of workers directive and sent reasoned opinions claiming that the proposal was in breach of the principle of subsidiarity.

 
10 May
 

Newspaper article

CoR rapporteur calls for the TTIP negotiations to be put on ice.

 
06 May
 

Newspaper article

CoR rapporteur calls for the TTIP negotiations to be put on ice.

 
06 May
 

Article in FORUM weekly

Current situation in the steel sector

 
29 Apr
 

Article in FORUM weekly

Current situation in the steel sector

 
29 Apr
 

Stakeholder Consultatiion on Aviation Strategy

The Rapporteur of the CoR opinion on Aviation Strategy, Ulrika Landergren, together with his expert Hans Brattström met on 29 April in the Committee of the Regions more than 20 representatives of the stakeholders for the debate on the EU Aviation Strategy. Presented were high level representatives of industry associations, NGOs , the staff of European parliament and European Commission as well as representatives of few regions and cities.

 
29 Apr
 

ENVE Commission

ENVE Chair follow-up letter of last ENVE thematic debate sent to Commissioner Vella, underlining that the CoR anticipates the upcoming Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) initiative, offering to contribute to it by making also use of the Technical Platform and to develop a joint ENVE-DG ENV structured cooperation on EIR and the Technical Platform.

 
29 Apr
 

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholder consultation on the opinion "An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" by rapporteur Babette Winter

 
28 Apr
 

European Parliament: 2nd reading on technical pillar

The European Parliament approved in second reading the Council position on the technical pillar.

 
28 Apr
 

Council: Endorsement of trilogue agreement

The Council endorsed the trilogue agreement of 19 April 2016 on the governance pillar.

 
28 Apr
 

European Commission Stakeholder workshop Fitness Check of Environmental Monitoring and Reporting

Fitness Check of Environmental Monitoring and Reporting - Workshop
Carsten Brauns attended and shortly presented the CoR Outlook Opinion of Mr JAADLA

 
27 Apr
 

Breakout session Green Climate Cities at 8th European Conference Sustainable Cities and Towns

Breakout session Green Climate Cities at 8th European Conference Sustainable Cities and Towns

 
27 Apr
 

European Sustainable Cities and Town Conference

Today, many cities, towns and regions actively plan and achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and adapt to climate change. They have been crucial in raising ambition at the global level, also showing the impact of their efforts. Their role remains clear: catalyzing new action and leading the transition to a more sustainable future. There are two key initiatives that help local governments make firm commitments and report on their progress, namely the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors. Each initiative was designed to be unique, but there are also many similarities. These initiatives and how local governments benefit from them will be explored in this session. The Compact of Mayors is a global coalition of mayors and city officials committing to reduce GHGs, enhance resilience to climate change and track their progress publicly. It is an agreement by city networks – and then by their members – to fight climate change in a consistent and complimentary manner to national efforts. The Compact of Mayors was launched in 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of the world’s global city networks – C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) – with support from UN-Habitat, the UN’s lead agency on urban issues. The Compact establishes a common platform to capture the impact of cities’ collective actions through standardized measurement of emissions and climate risk, and consistent, public reporting of their efforts. The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing the European Union (EU) climate and energy objectives on their territory. New signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change. How do these two initiatives differ and where are they similar? What are the synergies between these initiatives? What can they offer to local governments across the globe? These questions will be explored in a dynamic, interactive session.

 
27 Apr
 

Breakout session Green Climate Cities at 8th European Conference Sustainable Cities and Towns

During a study visit of the ENVE Commission at the 8th European Conference Sustainable Cities and Towns, 27-28 April, Bilbao, Spain, Kata Tutto, rapporteur on the Covenant of Mayors, spoke at a breakout session on Green Climate Cities and insisted on the importance of the new Covenant to entegrate both mitigation and adaptation.

 
27 Apr
 

Meeting with EESC Rapporteur for the Aviation Strategy

On 26 April Rapporteur Landergren exchanged the views with Mr Jacek Krawczyk, the European Economic and Social Committee Rapporteur for the Aviation Strategy. Ms Landergren also participated in the EESC public Hearing "Delivering the EU Aviation Strategy-getting stakeholders on board".

 
26 Apr
 

EP BUDG: Presentation of a draft report on the mid-term revision of the MFF

The EP rapporteurs Mr Jan Olbrycht and Ms Isabelle Thomas presented their draft report on the preparation of the post-electoral revision of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2014-2020. The report is the EP's input ahead of the Commission's proposal, expected later this year.

 
25 Apr
 

EPP group interview

"Regions and cities will be key actors to boost reduction of waste"

 
22 Apr
 

High level working round table

The rapporteur spoke at the high level working round table, organised by Treasure, an European Commission funded project in the field of civil protection, with the WHO, Red Cross EU office and DG ECHO attending the debate. Mr Banaszak presented the work of the CoR in this field, highlighthing the importance of intevention of local and regional level. More in particular, he presented his ideas on how to deal with extreme weather events, involving all levels of governement.

 
22 Apr
 

Appointment of rapporteur

Dainis Turlais (LV/ALDE) appointed rapporteur for the opinion by the ECON Commission

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activity

Participation in round-table meeting of FES Manager Kreis on circular economy, European Parliament, Brussels

 
21 Apr
 

ENVE Commission Thematic debate

Thematic debate on the ENVE priority policy theme with participation of Environment Commissioner Vella, EP rapporteur on waste review Simona Bonafè (IT/S&D), EU Dutch Presidency, the 2 CoR rapporteurs Mr Gambacorta and Ms Winter

 
21 Apr
 

Bilateral meeting with EP rapporteur

Bilateral meeting Ms Simona Bonafè, EP rapporteur

 
21 Apr
 

Vote of CoR draft opinion in ENVE Commission

Vote of CoR draft opinion in ENVE Commission. Thematic debate on the ENVE priority policy theme with participation of Environment Commissioner Vella, EP rapporteur on waste review Simona Bonafè (IT/S&D), EU Dutch Presidency, the 2 CoR rapporteurs Mr Gambacorta and Ms Winter

 
21 Apr
 

ECON chair consulted classified documents in the Commissions TTIP reading room.

ECON chair consulted classified documents in the Commissions TTIP reading room.

 
21 Apr
 

ECON chair consulted classified documents in the Commissions TTIP reading room.

ECON chair consulted classified documents in the Commissions TTIP reading room.

 
21 Apr
 

Appointment of Ms Hertell as rapporteur

On 21st April, during an ENVE Commission meeting, Mrs Hertell (FI/EPP), city councillor in Espoo, was appointed rapporteur for a CoR own-initiative opinion "Towards a new EU climate change adaptation strategy – taking an integrated approach".

This opinion aims to feed within the work of the European Commission ahead of the draft of the evaluation report of the 1st EU strategy on adaptation to climate change in september 2017.

Pirita Lindholm, Director of Climate Alliance Brussels Office, has been appointed as Mrs Hertell expert to advise her on the opinion.

 
21 Apr
 

European Commission

European Commission college - Orientation debate on the implementation of the eco-design framework

 
20 Apr
 

5th Dialogue between EU Capital Mayors and the European Commission

The aim of the EU Capitals Mayors' Meeting 2016 is to discuss some of the challenges against the backdrop of the EU Urban Agenda.

 
20 Apr
 

Congress of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions

The rapporteur presented the opinion at the Congress of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) in the panel of the session “European territorial development: vision and scenarios towards 2050” on 20-22 April. The CoR's input will contribute to enrich the CEMR Bluebook that CEMR are planning to publish after the beginning of next year.

 
20 Apr
 

Appointment of CoR Rapporteur

Ms Yoomi Renstrom was appointed Rapporteur for the CoR opinion

 
20 Apr
 

Appointment of CoR Rapporteur

Mr HÖFER was appointed Rapporteur for the CoR opinion

 
20 Apr
 

Presentation of the opinion to the EMPL committee in the European Parliament

The President of the Tuscany Region presented to the members of the European Parliament's Employment Committee the opinion of the Committee of the Regions responding to the Council Recommendation for the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market.

 
19 Apr
 

Tallinna TV news

Mr Jaadla was interview in Tallinna TV concerning his opinion.

 
19 Apr
 

2018 to be the European Year of Cultural Heritage

On 19 April 2016, at the opening of the European Culture Forum in Brussels, Commissioner Navracsics announced that "the European Commission will present a proposal to make 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage" . He stated his conviction that "it would be a good opportunity to boost awareness of and promote education about our cultural heritage". Commissioner Navracsics also expressed openness "to start the legislative procedure and to work with Member States, the European Parliament and with stakeholders [...] to make this happen."

 
19 Apr
 

2018 to be the European Year of Cultural Heritage

On 19 April 2016, at the opening of the European Culture Forum in Brussels, Commissioner Navracsics announced that "the European Commission will present a proposal to make 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage" . He stated his conviction that "it would be a good opportunity to boost awareness of and promote education about our cultural heritage". Commissioner Navracsics also expressed openness "to start the legislative procedure and to work with Member States, the European Parliament and with stakeholders [...] to make this happen."

 
19 Apr
 

2018 to be the European Year of Cultural Heritage

On 19 April 2016, at the opening of the European Culture Forum in Brussels, Commissioner Navracsics announced that "the European Commission will present a proposal to make 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage" . He stated his conviction that "it would be a good opportunity to boost awareness of and promote education about our cultural heritage". Commissioner Navracsics also expressed openness "to start the legislative procedure and to work with Member States, the European Parliament and with stakeholders [...] to make this happen."

 
19 Apr
 

Trilogue agreement on governance pillar

A trilogue agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the three legislative proposals of the governance pillar was reached.

 
19 Apr
 

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Newspaper article in Saarbrücker Zeitung

 
12 Apr
 

Saarbrücker Zeitung

Newspaper article in Saarbrücker Zeitung

 
12 Apr
 

Study

Publication of the CoR Study on "Labour mobility and Local and Regional Authorities: benefits, challenges and solutions"

 
12 Apr
 

Adoption of the opinion in the CoR Plenary

The CoR Plenary adopts the opinion by majority vote.

 
08 Apr
 

European Parliament - Participation of rapporteur in event "Circular Economy" at EP, hosted by MEP Miriam Dalli (MT/S&D), Chair of the Circular Economy Subgroup of the EP Intergroup

Participation of rapporteur in event "Circular Economy" at EP, hosted by MEP Miriam Dalli (MT/S&D), Chair of the Circular Economy Subgroup of the EP Intergroup on "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development"; meetings of rapporteur with European Commission; CoR NAT rapporteur on food waste

 
07 Apr
 

Rapporteur Bilateral meetings with representatives of the European Commission

Bilateral meetings with representatives of the European Commission, DG ENV and DG GROW

 
07 Apr
 

Meeting with Dutch Permanent Representation

Meeting of rapporteur with Dutch Permanent Representation

 
07 Apr
 

Press release: Regional promotional banks can help make €315bn EU Investment Plan work

Promotional banks at the regional level must be taken into account in rolling out the Investment Plan for Europe argues an opinion by Adam Banaszak (PL/ECR) adopted at the European Committee of the Regions' plenary session. The Committee argues that local and regional authorities must be given a greater say deciding financial solutions and that ex-post evaluations should match the long-term nature of the projects.

 
07 Apr
 

Rapporteur's interview (in Polish) with the Polish Press Agency (PAP)

Mr Banaszak (Rapporteur) gave an interview to the Polish Press Agency on the adopted CoR Opinion on promotional banks.

 
07 Apr
 

Communication on an action plan on VAT

Adoption of the Communication on an action plan on VAT – Towards a single EU VAT area
COM(2016) 148 final

 
07 Apr
 

CoR Bureau decision

At its meeting of 6 April 2016, the CoR Bureau endorsed the proposal for an own-initiative opinion on "The future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020".

 
06 Apr
 

3rd meeting of the BUDG Working Group

Discussion on the mid-term review/revision of the MFF with the Director-General Ms Nadia Calvino from DG BUDG and EP rapporteurs Ms Isabelle Thomas and Mr Jan Olbrycht

 
06 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the CoR opinion

 
06 Apr
 

European Migration Forum

The CoR organised one of the four workshops in the 2nd edition of the European Migration Forum that is co-organised by the European Commission and the EESC in Brussels. This year the Forum focused on legal migration and the CoR workshop discussed the role of the local level in the effective integration of third-country nationals, including asylum seekers and refugees. The CoR President, Mr Markkula, opened the Forum together with Commissioner Avramopoulos and the EESC President, Mr Dassis. LRA representatives and CoR members took part in the workshops and Mr Kalogeropoulos represented the CoR in the high-level debate that closed the Forum.

 
06 Apr
 

EIB Seminar with the EP Urban Policy lntergroup on “How Europe’s towns and cities can address current refugee crises?”

Speech at the EIB Seminar with the EP Urban Policy lntergroup on “How Europe’s towns and cities can address current refugee crises?”, in Brussels.

 
06 Apr
 

Seminar on "How to strengthen the integration of migrants in urban context?”

Speech at the seminar at the invitation of the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corinna Cretu.

 
05 Apr
 

EU Presidency Conference of "Make it Work Project"

Council/EU Presidency activity

 
04 Apr
 

Council

EU-Presidency conference on reporting under environment law

 
31 Mar
 

European Parliament

The EP rapporteur for the own-initiative report on an EU strategy for the Alpine region, Ms Mercedes Bresso (IT/S&D), presented the draft report to the EP REGI committee.

 
30 Mar
 

European Commission

Orientation debate on the implementation of the eco-design framework

 
23 Mar
 

Participation at the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Brussels

 
22 Mar
 

Prague Habitat III Conference

Towards decarbonised and resilient cities: The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Side-event organised by the Mayors Adapt Office and the European Committee of the Regions in the European Habitat Conference in Prague

 
17 Mar
 

Stakeholder consultations

Stakeholder consultations on the MFF review/revision

 
16 Mar
 

Bilateral meeting of the rapporteur with an EP rapporteur

Mr Luc Van den Brande meets Mr Jan Olbrycht, the EP BUDG rapporteur on the "Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020".

 
16 Mar
 

ENVI Committee – Progress report by EC VP Katainen on Circular Economy Action Plan

ENVI Committee – Progress report by EC VP Katainen on Circular Economy Action Plan

 
16 Mar
 

Regional meeting HABITAT III

The European regional meeting of HABITAT III in Prague was part of the official preparatory process of the Third United Nations summit on housing and sustainable urban development “Habitat III”, which will take place in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016.

The meeting focused on the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe consisting of 56 Member States (European countries beyond the EU + USA and Canada), and participation is open for all stakeholders.

The goal of the event was to involve a wide range of participants that will debate regional priorities for the “New Urban Agenda”, at global level, and policy recommendations in the form of a final “Prague Declaration”.

 
16 Mar
 

EP TRAN committee: Recommendation for second reading on technical pillar

EP TRAN committee: Adoption of the recommendation for second reading on the Council's position at 1st reading on the 4th Railway Package Technical Pillar.

 
15 Mar
 

Conference on After Care Guarantee' in Youth Care

The rapporteur introduced the opinion at the Conference.

 
14 Mar
 

Publication of EC Roadmap "Communication on a regular Environmental Implementation Review. Delivering the benefits of existing Environmental Policies and Rules."

Roadmap describes the Communication and the process.

 
14 Mar
 

UBC Conference on refugees

Mr Geblewicz represented the CoR in the opening session of this conference that discussed the impact of the European refugees crisis in the cities of the Baltic Sea Region and took place in Rostock (Germany).

 
14 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur provided an introductory speech at the JASPERS / UITP workshop on Public Transport Quality Monitoring, which took place on 14 March 2016 in Brussels

 
14 Mar
 

Rapporteur's Activities

The rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, took part in a ProComuns conference in Barcelona on "Commons Collaborative Economies: Policies, Technologies and City for an economy of the people", specifically in the first plenary on Public Policies for commons collaborative economy.

 
11 Mar
 

Rapporteur's Activities

The rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, took part in a ProComuns conference in Barcelona on "Commons Collaborative Economies: Policies, Technologies and City for an economy of the people", specifically in the first plenary on Public Policies for commons collaborative economy.

 
11 Mar
 

2nd workshop on the Simplification of Cohesion policy

The Committee of the Regions and the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised two joint workshops on simplification on 27 January 2016 and on 10 March 2016. Up to 100 experts from the Member States and regional and local authorities, including representatives from managing and audit authorities, discussed the challenges and proposals for simplification.

The second workshop on 10 March 2016 focused on "state aid in Cohesion policy" and "public procurement".

A final report of the workshops presents a number of concrete proposals for simplification.

 
10 Mar
 

EU Sport Forum

Kieran McCarthy (IE/EA), SEDEC member and political coordinator participated as a speaker in the Panel Session 1A: "Integration of migrants and refugees: what answers can European grassroots sport provide?" During the debate, the role of regional and local authorities in the provision of sport was highlighted - in particular the call to support the European Week of Sport and to connect structural programmes to sports infrastructure. It was underlined that sport is happening extensively at the local and regional level so local and regional authorities (LRAs) need to play a fundamental role in developing the European dimension of sport. LRAs create a multi-level governance approach that has the potential to be a bridge between EU and local levels, by also helping to reach out to community initiatives such as clubs, schools or parents' initiatives.

The 2016 edition of the Forum tackled key issues facing EU sport including how sport can support the integration of migrants and how to ensure good governance for the world of sport. Participants were updated on and debated EU sport policy and preparations were made for the 2016 edition of the European Week of Sport.

 
09 Mar
 

Vote on amendments in Parliament

The European Parliament voted its amendments at first reading on 8 March 2016. The rapporteur, Knut Fleckenstein, S&D-DE, was given a mandate to negotiate a first reading agreement with the Council.

 
08 Mar
 

ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL OF THE EU: POLICY DEBATE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COP21 AGREEMENT

Ministers of the Environment of the EU debated over the implementation of the COP21 agreement, based on the Communication published by the European Commission and a policy paper prepared by the Dutch presidency of the EU. Several ministers stated they needed more time to analyse the Communication while the Czech Minister noted that the role of regions in climate change was overlooked by the European Commission in its Communication.

 
04 Mar
 

ENV Council

ENV Council – political orientation debate on Circular Economy Action Plan

 
04 Mar
 

ENV Council

ENV Council – possible political orientation debate on legislative proposals waste directives

 
04 Mar
 

Bilateral meeting of the rapporteur with an EP rapporteur

Mr Luc Van den Brande meets Ms Isabelle Thomas, the EP BUDG rapporteur on the "Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020".

 
03 Mar
 

Conference "Solid biomass in European Protected Areas: Sustainable supply chain models"

Rapporteur hosts and speaks at International Conference of the BioEUParks project "Solid biomass in European Protected Areas: Sustainable supply chain models" at the CoR

 
03 Mar
 

Proposal for an own-initiative opinion

The COTER commision, at its meeting of 2 March 2016, endorsed the proposal to issue an own-initiative opinion on the Future of Cohesion Policy beyond 2020, with Mr Michael Schneider (DE/EPP) as rapporteur. The proposal will be forwarded to the Bureau for final decision on 6 April 2016.

 
02 Mar
 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION PUBLISHES COMMUNICATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT

On 2 March the European Commission presented a 10-page document asssessing the implications for the European Union of the new global climate agreement adopted in Paris in December 2015. The assessment was accompanied by a proposal for the European Union to sign the Paris Agreement. The communication clearly highlight the support of the European Commission to cities and their involvement in translating Paris agreement's goals into action. It notably quoted the importance of the Covenant of Mso create a one-stop-shop for local authorities.

 
02 Mar
 

Recent developments related to the opinion presented at the 7th COTER meeting

The chair informed COTER members of the recent developments related to the opinion and the publication of new guidelines on combining European Structural and Investment Funds with the EFSI.

 
02 Mar
 

Round table discussion

Round table on Food waste with the participation of the Commissioner for Health and Food Security, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis, Mr Van Otterdijk from FAO,Pilar Chiva Rodriguez from the Catalan Waste Agency and Mr Toine Timmermans from FUSIONS (project funded under the EC Framework Programme 7).

 
01 Mar
 

Policy debate

Policy debate on food waste with Commissioner Andriukaitis

 
01 Mar
 

Meetings with business associations

Rapporteur meets representatives of Confindustria and BusinessEurope.

 
01 Mar
 

Local and regional media

Article about Rakvere City Council member, Andres Jaadla the CoR rapporteur on " EU Environmental Law: Improving reporting and compliance" in local and regional media.

 
01 Mar
 

Local and regional media

Article about Andres Jaadla rapporteur rapporteurship on "EU environmental law: Improving reporting and compliance."

 
01 Mar
 

PES Environment and Climate Change Network, Brussels

Rapporteur Kata Tutto participated and delivered a speech

 
01 Mar
 

EESC INT Section meeting

Ther Rapporteur presents his opinion at the EESC INT Section meeting

 
01 Mar
 

Appointment of the rapporteur

Appointment of Ms Ewy-May Karlsson (SE/ALDE) as rapporteur for the CoR opinion on "The need for and way towards an EU strategy on alcohol-related issues"

 
01 Mar
 

COMPET Council –political orientation debate on Circular Economy Action Plan

COMPET Council –political orientation debate on Circular Economy Action Plan

 
29 Feb
 

Adoption of the opinion in ECON

ECON Commission adopts the opinion by majority vote.

 
29 Feb
 

Visit to Mechelen "Preventing Radicalisation"

The fact finding mission to Mechelen took place on 25th February, on the invitation of Mr. Bart Somers (mayor of Mechelen and rapporteur of the CoR opinion on Combatting Radicalisation). The experience and preventive approach of local authorities in fighting radicalisation was presented by speakers from Mechelen, Vilvoorde and Antwerp. The second part of the mission included a testimonial of a mother who lost her son in fights in Syria and two field workers of Mechelen and Vilvoorde

 
25 Feb
 

THEMATIC DEBATE: FROM COP21 to COP22

This debate is the starting point of the mobilisation of the Committee of the Regions for the yer to come on climate. The debate was chaired by Francesco Pigliaru (IT/PES), President of Sardinia, Chair of the Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy of the CoR, and newly appointed rapporteur for the Opinion on COP22. Myriam Dalli (MT/PES), member of the European Parliament and part of the delegation to COP21, Elina Bardram, Head of Unit at the Directorate General for Climate Action and negotiator at the COP, as well as Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Advocacy at ICLEI international secretariat and UNFCCC focal point for cities and regions took part in the debate with members of the Committee of the Regions.

 
24 Feb
 

Exchange of views in CoR ENVE meeting

Exchange of views in CoR ENVE Commission on the Opinion with participation of the European Commission

 
24 Feb
 

7th meeting of the ENVE Commission

Statements were given by: Director Ciobanu-Dordea from the European Commission, MEP Gesine Meissner, and Mr Jan Teekens from the Netherlands' Presidency of the EU

 
24 Feb
 

European Commission DG CLIMA consultation

Meeting with European Commission DG CLIMA (Mr Zapfel - HoU).

 
24 Feb
 

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholder consultation by rapporteur Gambacorta

 
23 Feb
 

Meeting with the EP (IMCO) rapporteur on the Single Market strategy

Rapporteur meets Lara Comi (IT/EPP), the EP rapporteur on the dossier, for an exchange of views.

 
23 Feb
 

Intervention in IMCO Public Hearing

Rapporteur presents his draft opinion in the public hearing during the meeting of the IMCO Committee.

 
23 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of CoR draft opinion by CoR ENVE Commission

 
23 Feb
 

Meeting with EESC

Bilateral meetiog with the EESC rapporteur.

 
23 Feb
 

Bilateral meeting of the rapporteur with a DG BUDG representative

Mr Luc Van den Brande meets Mr Stefan Lehner, Director for Own Resources and Financial Programming from the DG BUDG.

 
22 Feb
 

Conference Hotspots, Integration and the future of protection for refugees entering Europe

Speakers did presentations on the humanitarian context of current internally displaced persons (IDPs) in third-countries, the root causes of displacement, the practical implications of hotspots, the consequences of resettlement, and the need for alternative solutions. There was also the chance to address aspects of the integration of refugees into European cities while looking at the 'aftermath' of protection and the impact on urban areas within Europe. The Rapporteur highlited the main points of the Opinion and explained the experience of integrating refugees in his municipality.

 
22 Feb
 

12th TTIP round, 22-26 February

The EU and US finished the 12th round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 26th February. Negotiators worked towards the objective of achieving an ambitious, high standard TTIP agreement that responds to both EU and US interests. According to the Commission the parties remain ready to seek to conclude the negotiations in 2016, provided that the substance is right.

 
22 Feb
 

12th TTIP round, 22-26 February

The EU and US finished the 12th round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 26th February. Negotiators worked towards the objective of achieving an ambitious, high standard TTIP agreement that responds to both EU and US interests. According to the Commission the parties remain ready to seek to conclude the negotiations in 2016, provided that the substance is right.

 
22 Feb
 

Italian Permanent Representation

Meeting with Italian Perm Rep.

 
22 Feb
 

EP public hearing on the reform of the ETS

EP public hearing on the reform of the ETS. Mr Dus attended and spoke along with EESC rapporteur Pezzini.

 
18 Feb
 

EESC consultation

Meeting with EESC rapporteur Antonello Pezzini to discuss EESC opinion on the ETS.

 
18 Feb
 

COP21: WHAT'S NEXT? - EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LONG-TERM INVESTMENT AND REINDUSTRIALISATION INTERGROUP

CoR member Kata Tutto participated to the round table on the financing of the transition towards a lower carbon economy. Gilles Pargneaux, rapporteur of the European Parliament COP21 report moderated the session. Representatives of banks, industry and the European Commission also participated to the session. Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy at the European Commission made the conclusions. The position of the Committee of the Regions is to insist on issues of access to already available funding and financing schemes for regions and cities. The problem of policy predictability which can deter private investors and banks is also harming the transition to a low-carbon economy, notably renewables. Given the large amount of investment needed to implement the COP21 agreement, cities and regions also increasingly turn to public and private investment, putting in place viable economic plans based on innovative financing mechanisms in order to access financing. There is a strong need to support cities and regions in the design of these tailor-made financing solutions adapted to local circumstances as well as to promote a multi-level governance approach which can guarantee that the need for these financing solutions is integrated by institutions providing these funds.

 
16 Feb
 

Meeting in the European Commission

Rapporteur meets Kristian Hedberg, Deputy Head of Commissioner Bienkowska's Cabinet.

 
16 Feb
 

Rapporteur's Activities

The rapporteur took part in a seminar organized by the city of Turin on the Sharing economy and models of governance.

 
16 Feb
 

Rapporteur's Activities

The rapporteur took part in a seminar organized by the city of Turin on the Sharing economy and models of governance.

 
16 Feb
 

CoR ALDE coordinator of the ENVE shares best practices with mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa

Andres Jaadla (EE/Keskerakond), ALDE coordinator of the ENVE commission and the initiator of Covenant of Mayors (CoM) in Estonia, participated in a CoM workshop in Nairobi organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). He was invited to share best practices as „ Ambassador of the Covenant of Mayors „ in the field of sustainable energy action and introduce the work done in Estonia in general and his hometown Rakvere in particular. Attended by mayors from a number of African countries, the workshop addressed the opportunities and challenges faced by smaller cities and towns when achieving energy saving conditions foreseen in the Covenant. Whereas larger cities have the economic prowess and human resources to fulfil the requirements, smaller cities are much faster in the implementation phase. "The example of Rakvere clearly shows that small and medium-sized cities are capable of achieving remarkable results, and not only in Europe. One simply has to be brave and eager", said Jaadla.

Andres Jaadla, was the Mayor of Rakvere from 2002 to 2012. A number of world-renowned energy-saving and environmental projects were launched during his tenure as Mayor, most notably the first so-called zero-energy house in Estonia.

 
16 Feb
 

COP21: What's next?

European Parliament event organized by MEP Simona Bonafé, Long Term Investment and Reindustrialisation Intergroup. Rapporteur Kata Tutto was a speaker

 
16 Feb
 

European Parliament INTA committee

The rapporteur intervened when the New Trade Strategy was discussed in the responsible European Parliament committee.

 
15 Feb
 

Question by Rapporteur Ulrika Landergren to Commissioner Corina Cretu

Question by Rapporteur Ulrika Landergren to Commissioner Corina Cretu at the CoR February 2016 Plenary Session on importance of air traffic for regional development and on potential of drones for economic development, in particular in remote regions. Answer by Commissioner Cretu: • Sustainable transport is a priority in Regional Policy • Some regional airports were not sustainable. EU Court of Auditors has criticised this in previous programming period. • ESIF funds are also being used for airports, e.g. the airport in Dubrovnik • Connectivity is very important, especially connectivity between regions in Eastern Europe • Without connectivity, there can be no economic development • Commissioners Cretu and Bulc work a lot together on this, Cretu offers that they come together to present what they are doing together in the field of (air) transport and regional policy.

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption at CoR Plenary Session with majority

 
11 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activity

Meeting with the cabinet of commissioner ELŻBIETA BIEŃKOWSKA

 
10 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion at the CoR Plenary Session

 
10 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Plenary discussion and adoption of the opinion

 
10 Feb
 

Press release

Regions and cities ready to meet the challenges of the senior tourism sector

 
10 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activity

Meeting with the officials from DG GROW, Unit F/4 Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries

 
09 Feb
 

EU Energy Law and Policy Conference

Distribution of the Opinion and participation of a representative of the administration in the discussions

 
09 Feb
 

EU Energy Law and Policy Conference

Distribution of the Opinion and participation of a representative of the administration in the discussions

 
09 Feb
 

Classified documents

The rapporteur consulted classified documents in the European Commission TTIP reading room.

 
09 Feb
 

Classified documents

The rapporteur consulted classified documents in the European Commission TTIP reading room.

 
09 Feb
 

EP adopted TiSA resolution

The EP adopted its TiSA resolution

 
03 Feb
 

Consultation CoR Subsidiarity Expert Group

Consultation CoR Subsidiarity Expert Group

 
01 Feb
 

European Parliament Vote on resolution on mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

Vote on resolution on mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

 
01 Feb
 

European Commission conference on separate waste collection

European Commission conference on separate waste collection, Brussels– rapporteur Gambacorta speaks in the opening with Commissioner Vella

 
29 Jan
 

Presidency Conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

A conference marking the start of discussions on the next MFF post-2020.

 
28 Jan
 

Bilateral meeting

Bilateral meeting of rapporteur Gambacorta and his expert with European Commission, DG Environment

 
28 Jan
 

1st workshop on the Simplification of Cohesion policy

The Committee of the Regions and the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised two joint workshops on simplification on 27 January 2016 and on 10 March 2016. Up to 100 experts from the Member States and regional and local authorities, including representatives from managing and audit authorities, discussed the challenges and proposals for simplification.

The first workshop on 27 January 2016 focused on "auditing, reporting requirements and guidance"

A final report of the workshops presents a number of concrete proposals for simplification.

 
27 Jan
 

Meeting with EP rapporteur

The rapporteur met with EP rapporteur Mrs Tiziana Beghin

 
27 Jan
 

Ministerial meeting and Conference of the Visegrad Countries

Strategic Planning and Future of Cohesion Policy after 2020: Ministerial meeting and Conference of the Visegrad Countries (plus Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia)

 
26 Jan
 

Conference on "Health and Social benefits of Biodiversity and Nature Protection"

Rapporteur hosts and speaks at conference of European Commission study on "Health and Social benefits of Biodiversity and Nature Protection" at the CoR

 
26 Jan
 

NL EU Presidency conference

NL EU Presidency conference "Unwrapping the circular economy package", Rotterdam. Participation of ENVE secretariat

 
25 Jan
 

NL EU Presidency conference "Unwrapping the circular economy package"

NL EU Presidency conference "Unwrapping the circular economy package", Rotterdam. Participation of ENVE secretariat

 
25 Jan
 

European Commission

Launch Conference of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region on 25 and 26 January 2016 in Brdo/Slovenia

 
25 Jan
 

European Parliament

Vote of draft report in TRAN committee

 
25 Jan
 

Joint COTER/REGI Hearing on "Implementation of the EU Urban Agenda: towards the Pact of Amsterdam"

Joint EP-Committee of the Regions public hearing on the
Urban Agenda.

 
25 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activity

Meeting with officials from DG SANTE

 
22 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activity

Meeting with Mr Peter Schmidt, President of the Permanent Study group on Food security (European Economic and Social Committee)

 
22 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activity

Meeting with Ms Veras, Secretary general of Municipal Waste.

 
22 Jan
 

Bilateral meetings

Meetings with DG Trade (Jean-Charles van Eeckhaute, HoU), CEPS (professor Pelkmans), BusinessEurope (Luisa Santos, director international affairs), UEAPME (Chiara Aprea, Advisor), Eurochambres (Dominic Boucsein, Trade Advisor, International Affairs), CEMR, and the Dutch presidency (Jerome Laroche).

 
14 Jan
 

Stakeholders' consultation on CoR up-coming Opinion: "Working together for jobs and growth: the role of National and Regional Promotional Banks in supporting the Investment Plan for Europe."

The meeting, chaired by the Rapporteur, Mr Adam Banaszak (ECR/PL) took place on 14 January 2016 and gathered participants representing, among others the European Long-Term Investors Association, European Association of Public Banks, European Investment Bank, European Commission as well as national and regional promotional banks.

 
14 Jan
 

Stakeholder meeting

Mr Dus met with stakeholders (CEFIC, FEDERCHIMICA) to exchange views with industry

 
14 Jan
 

Chinese Embassy

Meeting with Chinese Mission on 14 January 2015 to discuss Chinese ETS.

 
14 Jan
 

Meeting MEP

Rapporteur Dus met the Italian MEP Eleonora EVI.

 
14 Jan
 

Conference "The Potential of the Waste Sector to a Low Carbon Economy"

Conference "The Potential of the Waste Sector to a Low Carbon Economy", organised by ACR+ at the CoR, patronage by CoR member Michel Lebrun

 
12 Jan
 

Bilateral meeting with EP Rapporteur

  • Mr Lindquist met the EP Rapporteur on "The review of the economic governance framework: stocktaking and challenges" Ms Pervenche Berès.

 
12 Jan
 

Bilteral meetings

*Mr Lindquist met Mr Geert Breekhuis, Financial Counsellor at Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Brussels, with Mr Juha-Pekka Nurvala, Political Advisor on Economic and Social Policy, European People’s Party,with MEP Gunnar Hökmark and with Mr Massimo Suardi, Deputy Head of Cab. of Vice-President Dombrovskis. The aim was to getbackground information.

 
12 Jan
 

Bilateral meeting with EP Rapporteur

  • Mr Lindquist met the EP Rapporteur on "The review of the economic governance framework: stocktaking and challenges" Ms Pervenche Berès.

 
12 Jan
 

Bilteral meetings

*Mr Lindquist met Mr Geert Breekhuis, Financial Counsellor at Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Brussels, with Mr Juha-Pekka Nurvala, Political Advisor on Economic and Social Policy, European People’s Party,with MEP Gunnar Hökmark and with Mr Massimo Suardi, Deputy Head of Cab. of Vice-President Dombrovskis.

 
12 Jan
2015
 

Article in El Mundo

Spanish daily El Mundo published an article on the CoR opinion on the sharing economy entitled: "Espaldarazo europeo a la economía colaborativa".

 
26 Dec
 

Article in El Mundo

Spanish daily El Mundo published an article on the CoR opinion on the sharing economy entitled: "Espaldarazo europeo a la economía colaborativa".

 
26 Dec
 

European Parliament ENVI Committee of report on mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

Adoption in ENVI Committee of report on mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

 
22 Dec
 

Council Conclusions on the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

Environment Council Conclusions on the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

 
15 Dec
 

Council

The Council published its offical first reading position on the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.

 
15 Dec
 

Appointment of Mr Van den Brande as rapporteur

At its 6th meeting, COTER commission appointed Mr Luc Van den Brande (BE/EPP) as rapporteur of the own-initiative opinion on "Mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framewrok (MFF)", pending the Bureau decision.

 
11 Dec
 

Appointment of the rapporteur

Alessandro Pastacci (IT/PES) appointed rapporteur for the opinion by the ECON Commission

 
10 Dec
 

CoR Stakeholder Round table

*Mr Lindquist discussed with Mr Guntram Wolff, Bruegel , Mr Vesa Vihriälä, ETLA, the research institute of the Finnish economy, Mr James Watson, BusinessEurope, Mr Ronald Jansen, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Mr Nicolas Brookes, CRPM and Ms Outi Slootboom, Head of Unit DG ECFIN.

 
09 Dec
 

CoR Stakeholder Round table

*Mr Lindquist discussed with Mr Guntram Wolff, Bruegel , Mr Vesa Vihriälä, ETLA, the research institute of the Finnish economy, Mr James Watson, BusinessEurope, Mr Ronald Jansen, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Mr Nicolas Brookes, CRPM and Ms Outi Slootboom, Head of Unit DG ECFIN.

 
09 Dec
 

COP21 Paris, Flagship event on cities and regions - The globalisation of the Covenant of Mayors

High-level speakers from EU institutions and local and regional authorities – e.g. European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, CoR President Markku Markkula and ICLEI Vice-President, Durban Mayor, James Nxumalo – launch the Global Covenant initiative. They were joined by Francesco Pigliaru, Chair of the Committee of the Regions' Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy and President of Sardinia Region, Italy, Bernard Soulage, co-chair of the steering committee of the World Summit Climate and Territories and member of the Committee of the Regions and Kata Tüttő, Budapest Councillor, CoR rapporteur on the Future of Covenant of Mayors.

 
08 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Covenant of Mayors office member/CoR: The Covenant of Mayors World Tour, EU Pavillion. Side event of the COP21.

 
07 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Modena television channel TRC published an article and video interview with Benedetta Brighenti following the adoption of her opinion by the CoR Plenary.

 
05 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Modena television channel TRC published an article and video interview with Benedetta Brighenti following the adoption of her opinion by the CoR Plenary.

 
05 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Interview of Benedetta Brighenti after the adoption of her opinion in the CoR Plenary

 
04 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Interview of Benedetta Brighenti after the adoption of her opinion in the CoR Plenary

 
04 Dec
 

Article in The Guardian

The Guardian publishes an article about the main messages from the debate on migration in the CoR plenary on 3 December.

 
04 Dec
 

Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF

First debate of the EP BUDG committee on the "Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020"

 
03 Dec
 

Debate on the EC Work Programme 2016

Debate with EC 1st VP Timmermans on the EC Work Programme 2016, including several references by member and Timmermans to the Circular Economy Package

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Jean-Luc Vanraes' opinion was adopted during the CoR Plenary.

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Benedetta Brighenti's opinion was adopted by the Plenary of the Committee of the Regions.The final text of the adopted opinion is available here.

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Benedetta Brighenti's opinion was adopted by the Plenary of the Committee of the Regions.The final text of the adopted opinion is available here.

 
03 Dec
 

Debate on migration in the Plenary

Before adopting the opinion on the European Agenda on Migration, a debate between the CoR members, Commissioner Avramopoulos and MEP Ms Kyenge took place in the 115th CoR plenary.

 
03 Dec
 

New Circular Economy Package

EC adopts new Circular Economy Package, including the 4 legislative proposals amending waste directives

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Vote of CoR opinion

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

European Parliament

Adoption of the EP resolution on Sustainable urban mobility in EP Plenary

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR rapporteur Geblewicz participated in the International Maritime Congress, organised in the premises of the European Parliament, where he will delivered a keynote speech.

 
01 Dec
 

European Commission

Eu Agricultural outlook Conference Medium-term prospects for the EU dairy sector

 
01 Dec
 

European Commission

European Commission presents its new circular economy roadmap and proposal for amending waste legislation (date tbc)

 
01 Dec
 

European Parliament

ENVI committee votes in favour of a draft resolution condemning the Commission's (implementing) decision authorising the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM maize in food and feed. The motion also calls on the Commission to table a new proposal for GM food and feed and requests that the Commission suspends all ongoing authorisations for GM food and feed until the decision-making process has been reviewed.

 
30 Nov
 

European Parliament

Discussion of EP draft report in the INTA Committee.

 
29 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

UNFCCC COP21, Paris, France: 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change. Adoption of a global climate agreement (includes level of ambition on climate + new governance)

 
29 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

During UNFCCC COP21, Mayor of Paris to organise a COP for cities.

 
29 Nov
 

Informal Council of Ministers meeting on urban policy

Participation in and speech at the informal Council of Ministers meeting on urban policy in Luxembourg

 
27 Nov
 

Council

Adoption of the Council conclusions on the EUSALP by the Foreign Affairs Council

 
26 Nov
 

Appointment of the rapporteur

The NAT commission appointed Mr Hanspeter WAGNER (AT/PPE) as rapporteur for an own-initiative opinion on Tourism as a driving force for regional cooperation across the EU

 
24 Nov
 

European Parliament

One of the amendments submitted by Vanraes to ALDE MEPs was successfully adopted in final EP resolution: emphasises that, if it is to achieve one of its goals, i.e. reducing red tape, the application of a common consolidated tax base should be accompanied by the implementation of common accounting rules;

 
24 Nov
 

European Parliament

The European Parliament voted on the joint text of the Draft EU Budget for 2016, approved by the Conciliation Committee under the budgetary procedure – the EU Budget for 2016 is adopted.

 
24 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur presents his opinion at the Convegno Nazionale sulla salute e sicurezza sul lavoro, Milano, IT

 
24 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur presents his opinion at the Convegno Nazionale sulla salute e sicurezza sul lavoro, Milano, IT

 
24 Nov
 

Council

Adoption of the EU Youth Report at the ECYS Council meeting

 
23 Nov
 

Council

The Council by unanimity approved the 2016 EU budget deal agreed by the Conciliation Committee on 14 November.

 
23 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR NAT commission adopts the draft opinion after the first discussion.

 
23 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion on age-friendly tourism

 
23 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the NAT commission

 
23 Nov
 

Council

The Council adopted the 2015 Joint Report on the implementation of the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020) (2010-2020). The validation of informal and non-formal learning is included under Priority area 5.

 
22 Nov
 

Nomination of Rapporteur

ENVE Commission appoints Mr Domenico Gambacorta (IT/EPP) as rapporteur for the upcoming EC legislative proposals amending waste Directives.

 
20 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views at CoR ENVE Commission, with the participation of DG ENV European Commission, and Simon Bingham, IMPEL

 
20 Nov
 

ENVE Commission meeting

ENVE Thematic Planning: Covenant of Mayors (COR-2015-05628-00-00-TCD-TRA) Thematic debate with the participation of ENVE rapporteur Kata Tütto (HU/PES), Jan Pánek, Head of Unit, DG ENER, European Commission and Frédéric Boyer (Energy Cities), Head of CoM Brussels Office. The opportunity to set up the CoR Friends of the Covenant was discussed. The European Commission and the Covenant of Mayors office widely supported this initiative.

 
20 Nov
 

European Commission Conference in Brussels on the Fitness Check,

Dedicated conference in Brussels on the Fitness Check, where draft results of the evaluation will be shared by the European Commission and discussed with Member States and key stakeholder groups; CoR rapporteur speaks at the Opening Session with the Commissioner

 
20 Nov
 

Bilteral meetings

*Mr Lindquist met with Ms Christina Jordan, member of the Cabinet of the President of the Council Mr Donald Tusk, with Mr Reinhard Felke, deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, with Mr Luc Tholoniat, member of the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and with Mr Nicola de Michelis, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Corina Cretu. The aim was to get background information on the Five Presidents' Report.

 
19 Nov
 

Bilteral meetings

*Mr Lindquist met with Ms Christina Jordan, member of the Cabinet of the President of the Council Mr Donald Tusk, with Mr Reinhard Felke, deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, with Mr Luc Tholoniat, member of the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and with Mr Nicola de Michelis, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Corina Cretu.

 
19 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption at SEDEC Commission meeting

 
19 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Participation of ENVE Secretariat in workshop Environmental Monitoring and Reporting, Brussels, co-organised by the European Commission and the Make it Work Project

 
19 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Commission, DG Energy

 
19 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views at CoR ENVE Commission, with the participation of a member of the European Parliament and a representative of the European Commission (tbc).

 
19 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR Environment commission calls for stricter EU emission limits and proper compensation,

 
19 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption of draft opinion in SEDEC commission

 
18 Nov
 

European Commission

Launch of European Commission public consultation on "Streamlining monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy"

 
18 Nov
 

Stakeholder meeting

Mr Dus met with stakeholders (ICLEI, Carbon Market Watch)

 
18 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, took part in the Ideas Forum conference on "A progressive vision for the sharing economy", jointly organised by the Institut Émile Vandervelde (IEV), the Socialist Party (Belgium) and the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions.

 
17 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, took part in the Ideas Forum conference on "A progressive vision for the sharing economy", jointly organised by the Institut Émile Vandervelde (IEV), the Socialist Party (Belgium) and the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions.

 
17 Nov
 

European Parliament

Deadline for amendments in ENVI Committee to draft report on mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

 
15 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference "Aquaculture in motion 2015"

 
15 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference "Aquaculture in motion 2015"

 
15 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECON chair and the TTIP rapporteur send letter to Commissioner Malmström inviting he to the ECON meeting on 29 February

 
15 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECON chair and the TTIP rapporteur send letter to Commissioner Malmström inviting he to the ECON meeting on 29 February

 
15 Nov
 

European Parliament

Round table on "Promoting recognition and validation of skills and competences acquired through non -formal and informal learning" hosted by MEP M. Nekov (S&D, BG) and MEP D. Draghici (S&D, RO). Intervention by the CoR rapporteur.

 
15 Nov
 

European Parliament

The Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement on the draft EU budget for 2016

 
13 Nov
 

WE-NET: Working for ENvironmentally Educated Towns

Mr Dus participated in WE-NET: Working for ENvironmentally Educated Towns (Italy)

 
13 Nov
 

EC Conference "Taking stock of EU transport policy - the 2011 White Paper: achievements and challenges"

On 12 November 2015, the European Commission organised a conference on "Taking stock of EU transport policy - the 2011 White Paper: achievements and challenges" in order to inform stakeholders about the outcome of the public consultation that had been carried out between 10 March and 2 June 2015 and the respective positions elaborated by the EU institutions. The main message that the European Commission took from the conference is that the 2011 White Paper remains a relevant document that does not need major revision, especially of its overall aims and targets, but that would benefit from punctual adaptation, in particular to integrate new developments such as digitalization.

 
12 Nov
 

European Parliament

Adoption of the own-initiative report on Sustainable urban mobility in TRAN committee

 
10 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

During SHARITALY in Milan, Benedetta Brighenti took part in the round table on "Piattaforme della Sharing Economy. Proposte per il legislatore italiano".More information and the round table report are available here.

 
09 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

During SHARITALY in Milan, Benedetta Brighenti took part in the round table on "Piattaforme della Sharing Economy. Proposte per il legislatore italiano".More information and the round table report are available here.

 
09 Nov
 

European Parliament

Approval of the trilogue agreement on the technical pillar in TRAN committee.

 
09 Nov
 

Energy Infrastructure Forum

Mr Dus participated in the Energy Infrastructure Forum (Copenhagen)

 
09 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

During SHARITALY in Milan the opinion "The Local And Regional Dimension of the Sharing Economy " was presented during a panel titled "Sharing vs pooling: politiche europee per la città collaborativa". A discussion with the participants and with international experts gave the rapporteur some input for her final work on the opinion ahead of its adoption at the CoR Plenary Session of 3-4 December 2015.

 
08 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

During SHARITALY in Milan the opinion "The Local And Regional Dimension of the Sharing Economy " was presented during a panel titled "Sharing vs pooling: politiche europee per la città collaborativa". A discussion with the participants and with international experts gave the rapporteur some input for her final work on the opinion ahead of its adoption at the CoR Plenary Session of 3-4 December 2015.

 
08 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur opens event on "Health and Social benefits of Biodiversity and Nature Protection" at the Committee of the Regions

 
08 Nov
 

Related Activities

CoR aquaculture opinion on EC's DG MARE Twitter

 
04 Nov
 

Related Activities

European Commission reveals “Enjoy, it’s from Europe!” - New funds to promote our wild and farmed fish

 
04 Nov
 

Related Activities

CoR aquaculture opinion on EC's DG MARE Twitter

 
04 Nov
 

Related Activities

European Commission reveals “Enjoy, it’s from Europe!” - New funds to promote our wild and farmed fish

 
04 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR participation envisaged at the Energy Infrastructure Forum

 
30 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR participation envisaged at the Energy Infrastructure Forum

 
30 Oct
 

Communication on the Single Market strategy

Adoption of the communication on Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business (COM(2015) 550 fin)

 
28 Oct
 

European Parliament

EP Plenary debate and vote on the report: EP rapporteur's recommendation to reject the EC proposal was approved by 577 votes to 75, with 38 abstentions

 
27 Oct
 

European Commission

Commissioner Andriukaitis opening speech in the EP on GM food and feed

 
27 Oct
 

European Commission

European Commission Work Programme 2016 announces Environmental Reporting Initiative for 2016, which will comprise a Fitness Check to identify opportunities to simplify and alleviate reporting obligations stemming from EU environmental law with a view to develop a more modern, efficient and effective system for regulatory monitoring

 
26 Oct
 

European Parliament

The EP adopted its report

 
26 Oct
 

Rapporteur in IOM conference

Participation of Mr Decoster in the conference of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on "Migrants and Cities" that was organised in Geneva.

 
26 Oct
 

European Parliament

‘Future-proofing the dairy sector: What do financial & risk tools mean for farmers?.

 
20 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Annual Conference on Ocean Energy and High Level Ministerial Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Release of the Draft Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap on the basis of the contributions from the Ocean Energy Forum (including the CoR Rapporteur). The Rapporteur attended the conference and had informal discussions with the main stakeholders, and promoted his opinion to participants of the Ministerial Summit, including Commissioner Vella.

 
19 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the director of the International Social Tourism Organisation, Mr Luc Gobin

 
14 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the secretary-general of the AGE-EUROPE Platform, Ms Anne-Sophie Parent

 
14 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, took part in the SmartCity Exhibition (SCE2015) Lab on "The platforms of the sharing economy: shared and collaborative cities"

 
14 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur, Benedetta Brighenti, took part in the SmartCity Exhibition (SCE2015) Lab on "The platforms of the sharing economy: shared and collaborative cities"

 
14 Oct
 

Open Days

Open Days Workshop on EUSALP - an opportunity to foster sustainable growth in the Alps, with the participation of Mr Van Staa and Mr Soulage

 
14 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Mr Rossi held a stakeholder consultation in Brussels

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation at the Open Days 2015 event "The need for specific legal provisions in border areas" organised by the Luxembourg Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the CoR opinion at its 114th Plenary Session

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the officials from DG GROW Unit F/4 Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the co-chair of the EP intergroup on tourism development and cultural heritage, Ms Ana-Claudia Ţapardel, MEP

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the EP Rapporteur on new challenges and concepts for the promotion of tourism in Europe, Ms Isabella de Monte, MEP

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the director of the European Travel Commission, Mr Eduardo Santander

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion was adopted in Plenary

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with MEP Karin Kadenbach, European Parliament PES group shadow rapporteur on the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR opinion was adopted in the Plenary Session. A Press Release was issued following the meeting.

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

European Roundtable on Energy data sharing – an Open Days Workshop organised by the CoR ENVE Commission in cooperation with Fedarene, the European association of regional energy agencies

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR has adopted the opinion by a majority of the votes castPlenary debate with Commissioner Canete

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

European Roundtable on Energy data sharing – an Open Days Workshop organised by the CoR ENVE Commission in cooperation with Fedarene, the European association of regional energy agencies

 
13 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR has adopted the opinion by a majority of the votes castPlenary debate with Commissioner Canete

 
13 Oct
 

European Commission

The European Commission presents its strategy for futue trade policy: Trade for all

 
13 Oct
 

European Commission

The European Commission presents its strategy for futue trade policy: Trade for all

 
13 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Commission, DG Environment

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion at the 114th Plenary Session

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion by the Plenary Session and discussion with the Commissioner

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Discussion with Commisioner Hogan on the future of rural development policy

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

CoR Plenary vote on the opinion – adopted unanimously

 
12 Oct
 

European Parliament

EP ENVI Committee vote on the draft report

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion in plenary session.

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion in plenary session.

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR plans to adopt the opinion during its plenary session.Commissioner Canete has confirmed his presence for a debate.EP Rapporteur to be invited

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

At the joint REGI-COTER meeting on 13 October 2015, REGI and COTER members underlined the need to closely cooperate with all actors towards the development of the EU Urban Agenda, and agreed to issue a joint statement on the REGI-COTER cooperation towards the Pact of Amsterdam/REGI-COTER%202015%20Statement.pdf).

 
12 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur took part in the Smart Cities for a Better World event, in Rome, on the theme "Cities that take initiative, cooperate, share and collaborate. A possible direction for Smart Cities?"

 
11 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur took part in the Smart Cities for a Better World event, in Rome, on the theme "Cities that take initiative, cooperate, share and collaborate. A possible direction for Smart Cities?"

 
11 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption at the plenary session

 
11 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with EP rapporteur Mr Demesmaeker & statement at EP ENVI Committee hearing on "Investing in nature and biodiversity: challenges and opportunities", in presence of EP rapporteur Mr Demesmaeker

 
11 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Mr Van den Brande was a speaker at the EuroP Com conference during the plenary session debate, during which he mentioned the main ideas of the opinion.

 
11 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur Benedetta Brighenti presented the role of the Committee of the Regions and her opinion on the sharing economy during the ANCI Training Camp event Governi Locali e Politiche Europee in Naples.

 
09 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur Benedetta Brighenti presented the role of the Committee of the Regions and her opinion on the sharing economy during the ANCI Training Camp event Governi Locali e Politiche Europee in Naples.

 
09 Oct
 

Council

General approach in the Council on the two proposals to liberalise domestic rail passenger services and strengthen the governance of railway infrastructure.

 
07 Oct
 

Related Activities

Aquaculture Act of Galicia: The first Aquaculture Act of Galicia will make it possible to diversify the offshore activity, which for the Galician authorities means a future opportunity "because there is less competition for space than in the case of aquaculture, which is developed in inland watersTwo professional bodies of the Galician Administration, the Technical Commission of Aquaculture and the Interadministrative Aquaculture Commission, will provide scientific and technical advice on the design and implementation of measures related to aquaculture and advisory, control and monitoring of aquaculture planning issues and qualifying degree processing, respectively. The Interadministrative Commission will be attended by representatives of all departmental areas that have to do with the issuance of reports on whether or not to develop an aquaculture project.Through the AAG, CoR rapporteur and his team implement in their own region measures that they advocate on European level.

 
06 Oct
 

Related Activities

Aquaculture Act of Galicia: The first Aquaculture Act of Galicia will make it possible to diversify the offshore activity, which for the Galician authorities means a future opportunity "because there is less competition for space than in the case of aquaculture, which is developed in inland watersTwo professional bodies of the Galician Administration, the Technical Commission of Aquaculture and the Interadministrative Aquaculture Commission, will provide scientific and technical advice on the design and implementation of measures related to aquaculture and advisory, control and monitoring of aquaculture planning issues and qualifying degree processing, respectively. The Interadministrative Commission will be attended by representatives of all departmental areas that have to do with the issuance of reports on whether or not to develop an aquaculture project.Through the AAG, CoR rapporteur and his team implement in their own region measures that they advocate on European level.

 
06 Oct
 

Council

The Council reached a political agreement

 
05 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

"What opportunities the EIB offers to the ocean energy sector?"The Rapporteur followed via webstreaming the presentation on the new InnovFin Energy Demo instrument, offering risk financing for energy innovators, including in the ocean energy sector.

 
04 Oct
 

Council

EPSCO adopts the final Employment Guidelines 2015

 
04 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur Adam Banaszak (PL/ECR) attended a Technical workshop on Local – Urban Indicators of the Sendai Framework t Disaster Risk Reduction organised by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk (UNISDR). The UNISDR expressed their satisfaction to have local government leading on their projects relating to civil protection.

 
04 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

General exploratory debate at the 5th COTER meeting

 
01 Oct
 

European Commission adopts Mid-term review of EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

European Commission adopts Mid-term review of EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

 
01 Oct
 

European Commission

The Roadmap developed by the Ocean Energy Forum was submitted to DG MARE.

 
01 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Mauro D'Attis presented his opinion during the CoR SEDEC external seminar in Lecce (IT) on "Protecting workers in the new European Landscape".

 
30 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Mauro D'Attis presented his opinion during the CoR SEDEC external seminar in Lecce (IT) on "Protecting workers in the new European Landscape".

 
30 Sep
 

Related Activities

Speech by the CoR President on Better Regulation at the annual conference of the Dutch Provinces, Maastricht

 
29 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

During its meeting on 29 September 2015 in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) the CoR's ECON Commission discusses, amends, and adopts the rapporteur's draft opinion. The consolidated text adopted in ECON is available here. It will be discussed in the CoR Plenary in December.

 
28 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of draft opinion in the ECON commission meeting

 
28 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECON commission discussed and adopted the rapporteur's draft opinion. The text as adopted in ECON is available here, and will be on the agenda of the CoR Plenary Session in December 2015.

 
28 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECON commission discussed and adopted the rapporteur's draft opinion. The text as adopted in ECON is available here, and will be on the agenda of the CoR Plenary Session in December 2015.

 
28 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR ENVE commission conference on "Closing the loop in the Circular Economy: contributions and expectations from Europe's local and regional authorities"

 
28 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the CoR rapporteur as speaker at the seminar 'Transition towards Sustainable and Liveable Urban Futures" co-organised by the JPI Urban Europe, the European Commission, the EP Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) and the Urban Intergroup of the European Parliament on 29 September 2015 in Brussels

 
28 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE Commission appointed Mr Michel Lebrun (BE/EPP) as Rapporteur of the opinion

 
27 Sep
 

European Commission

European Food Tourism Week at the EXPO Milan

 
27 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Vote of CoR draft opinion in ENVE Commission. Roundtable discussion with Camille Gira, State Secretary for Sustainable development and Infrastructures, Luxemburg, EU Presidency; MEP Margrete Auken, European Parliament shadow rapporteur on the mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020; Stefan Leiner, Acting Director Natural Capital, European Commission; European Environment Agency (EEA); Renewables Grid Initiative

 
27 Sep
 

CoR rapporteur in the LIBE meeting

The rapporteur presented his opinion and the CoR position on the European Agenda on Migration in the inter-parliamentary LIBE committee meeting in the European Parliament.

 
23 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Enrico Rossi was appointed Rapporteur for the CoR opinion

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

NAT/RUMRA conference on Rural territories in the 2014-2020 policiesof territorial cohesion and inclusive growth with Mercedes BRESSO, MEP, president of RUMRA, Franc BOGOVIC, vice chair of RUMRA, Member of the European Parliament, and Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy

 
21 Sep
 

European Commission

Commission response to text adopted in plenary

 
21 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR rapporteur submitted 9 amendments to relevant ALDE MEPs for the TAXE report.

 
20 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Appointment of Mr. Geblewicz as Rapporteur

 
20 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of view on age-friendly tourism / presentation of the Rapporteur's working document

 
20 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the NAT commission

 
20 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion on the draft opinion during the NAT Commission meeting

 
20 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion and vote on the draft opinion within the NAT Commission

 
20 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion on ocean governance with European commissioner for environment, maritime affaires and fisheries Karmenu Vella during the 5th NAT meeting.

 
20 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion on ocean governance with European commissioner for environment, maritime affaires and fisheries Karmenu Vella during the 5th NAT meeting.

 
20 Sep
 

Meeting with EP rapporteur

The rapporteur met Ms Petra Kammerevert MEP, within the framework of the finalisation of his own-initiative opinion. According to our information, the EP's CULT Committee will be associated with an exclusive competence in AVMS and Petra Kammerevert is likely to be the draftsperson.

 
20 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur welcomes on behalf of the CoR as host the joint meeting of the European Commission Working Groups MAES and Green Infrastructure & Restoration; bilateral meetings with European Commission and individual stakeholders

 
17 Sep
 

European Parliament

The Parliament decided to draw up an own-initiative report on An EU strategy for the Alpine region and appointed Ms Mercedes Bresso as rapporteur

 
17 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation at the External COTER seminar on Current challenges of cross-border regions in Europe, in Liberec, Czech Republic

 
16 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur presents the main ideas of his draft opinion in the Enterprise and Business Committee of the Welsh Assembly, in the context of the Assembly's inquiry on the Potential of the Maritime Economy in Wales.

 
16 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Jean-Luc Vanraes meets the fiscal attaché from the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU.

 
15 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Jean-Luc Vanraes meets the European Parliament's co-rapporteur on " Tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect", Michael Theurer (DE/ALDE).They discuss the issues at stake and Mr. Theurer's draft report.

 
15 Sep
 

EESC

EESC adopts in plenary session its opinion "Datain the Fisheries Sector"

 
15 Sep
 

European Commission

The European Commission presents an Investment Court System for TTIP and other EU trade and investment negotiations aimed at gradually replacing ISDS agreements

 
15 Sep
 

European Commission

The European Commission presents an Investment Court System for TTIP and other EU trade and investment negotiations aimed at gradually replacing ISDS agreements

 
15 Sep
 

European Commission

Publication of the Communication on the Draft 2015 Joint Report of the Council and the Commission on the implementation of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018)COM(2015)429 final HYPERLINK "http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2015:429:FIN" http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2015:429:FIN

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

CIVEX exploratory debate on the draft Opinion, with the participation of a representative from the Commission

 
14 Sep
 

Adoption in CIVEX

The opinion is adopted in the 5th meeting of the CIVEX commission in Brussels.

 
14 Sep
 

European Commission

The European Commission published its Communication C(2015)6317 "Towards an Integrated Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan". The document refers to strengthening regional cooperation in the Atlantic sea board for ocean energy, to help achieve further cost reductions in this area.

 
14 Sep
 

Council

Le Conseil informel des Ministres de l’agriculture à valider les mesures proposées par la Commission

 
14 Sep
 

European Commission

Presentation of the Horizon 2020 New Work Programme 2016-2017: two separate calls were introduced for the ocean energy sector in the Blue Growth and Low Carbon Energy (LCE) chapters of the work programme (LCE 15 "Scaling up in the ocean energy sector to arrays" and LCE 16 "2nd generation of design tools for ocean energy devices and arrays development and deployment").

 
13 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr. Jürgen WEIS and Mrs. Karin Margarethe METZ, German Permanent Representation to the EU

 
10 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Céline VALERO and Dorothée ANDRÉ, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

 
10 Sep
 

European Commission

EC: Public consultation on EU ecolabel for fishery & aquaculture products

 
08 Sep
 

European Commission

EC: Public consultation on EU ecolabel for fishery & aquaculture products

 
08 Sep
 

European Parliament

The European Parliament adopted the resolution on the "Implementation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport: taking stock and the way forward towards sustainable mobility"

 
08 Sep
 

European Parliament

The European Parliament adopted its resolution on "The Urban dimension of EU policies" in Plenary Session

 
08 Sep
 

European Parliament

EP report adopted by the EP Plenary

 
07 Sep
 

European Parliament

EP report adopted by the EP Plenary

 
07 Sep
 

European Parliament

EP report adopted by the EP Plenary

 
07 Sep
 

European Parliament

European Parliament resolution of 8 September 2015 on untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy to create jobs and growth. The European Parliament included in its recommendations the possible creation of a Knowledge and Innovation community (KIC) focused on the Blue economy (P. 31)

 
07 Sep
 

Council

Afin de répondre à la crise qui frappe les secteurs du lait et de l’élevage (porcin en particulier) en Europe, la Commission européenne a présenté aux 28 Ministres européens en charge des questions agricoles, un « paquet de mesures » comprenant notamment :la mise en place d’un dispositif d’aides ciblées qui se traduira par des enveloppes nationales accordées à chacun des 28 Etats membres. des avances versées sur les aides PAC 1er et 2ème pilierun nouveau dispositif de stockage privé pour la poudre de lait une hausse budget promotion pour 2016 avec la constitution d'une réserve spécifique pour lait et porcl'avancement à 2016 du rapport sur le « paquet lait »

 
06 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur participated in the Smart Countries and Cities Congress (S3C) in Paris.

 
02 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur participated in the Smart Countries and Cities Congress (S3C) in Paris.

 
02 Sep
 

European Parliament

Vote on the GM food and feed report in the EP AGRI Committee

 
02 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

External CoR Bureau meeting in Luxembourg with debate on cross-border cooperation

 
01 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur's draft opinion on "A Fair and Efficient Corporate Tax System" is published ahead of its discussion in the ECON meeting on 29 September 2015.The draft opinion is available here.

 
01 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the representative of Commissioner Hogan's cabinet

 
01 Sep
 

European Presidency

European Tourism Forum, Luxembourg

 
16 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

Jean-Luc Vanraes meets the fiscal attaché from the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU.

 
02 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur contributed with his draft opinion to the consultation of the Ocean Energy Forum on the results of the Bilbao conference.

 
30 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur Jean-Luc Vanraes meets representatives of the European Commission's unit for "Company Taxation initiatives" of DG TAXUD to discuss the Commission's initiative.

 
29 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Jean-Luc Vanraes discusses the topic with the fiscal attachés from the Belgian and French Permanent Representations to the EU.

 
29 Jul
 

European Commission

Adoption of the Communication and the Action Plan on the European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region

 
27 Jul
 

European Commission

The CoR Rapporteur is appointed member of the European Commission's Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES)

 
26 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur Jean-Luc Vanraes meets the fiscal attaché from the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU.

 
23 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participates in his function within Luxemburg in the Informal ENV Council Meeting

 
21 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Bilateral meeting between Mr Spyridon and the EESC rapporteur Mr Dittmann

 
19 Jul
 

Related Activities

Appointment of Mr Nikola Dobroslavić as the rapporteur-general by the President of the CoR

 
16 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Bilateral meeting between Mr Spyridon and the EP rapporteur Ms Kaufmann

 
15 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Bilateral meeting between Mr Spyridon and the HoU in the European Commission's General secretariat responsible for better regulation, Mr Stoodley

 
15 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting between Mr Spyridon and the secretariat of CEMR

 
15 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

The CoR's Commission for Economic Policy (ECON) appoints Jean-Luc Vanraes as rapporteur on this dossier.Jean-Luc Vanraes (BE/ALDE) is a member of the Municipal Council of Uccle and president of Uccle public welfare centre (CPAS/OCMW)

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

Debate in the ECON commission meeting in the presence of MEPs Viviane Reding and Jude Kirton-Darling and Mr Ignacio Iruarrizaga Diez, European Commission lead negotiator

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECON commission held a first exchange of views on the topic of the opinion, on the basis of the rapporteur's working document.

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECON commission held a first exchange of views on the topic of the opinion, on the basis of the rapporteur's working document.

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion was adopted in ECON Commission

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Parliament Commission ENVI Shadow Rapporteur Guillaume Balas, MEP (S&D/FR)

 
14 Jul
 

European Parliament

ENVI Committee vote on review NEC Directive

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur meets with a representative of the European Commission's DG REGIO

 
13 Jul
 

European Parliament

The EP Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the own-initiative report by Wim van de Camp on "Implementation of the 2011 White Paper on transport: taking stock and the way forward towards sustainable mobility"

 
13 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

Endorsement of a proposal to appoint Mr Dobroslavić a rapporteur-general in the COTER Commission

 
12 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

A General Exploratory Debate at the 4th COTER meeting, based on a working document prepared by the rapporteur-general

 
12 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Commission

 
08 Jul
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion CDR 2671/2015 is adopted at the CoR Plenary Session

 
08 Jul
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion CDR 2671/2015 is adopted at the CoR Plenary Session

 
08 Jul
 

CoR Plenary Session

The draft opinion was adopted in the CoR Plenary Session

 
08 Jul
 

European Parliament

EP Plenary votes resolution "Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy"

 
08 Jul
 

Related Activities

Final report CoR Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) on the Birds and Habitats Directives

 
07 Jul
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion was adopted by majority of votes.

 
07 Jul
 

European Parliament

The European Parliament adopted the resolution on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe" in Plenary

 
06 Jul
 

European Parliament

Adoption du projet de rapport en Session Plénière du Parlement Européen

 
05 Jul
 

Related Activities

entry into force of the Regulation (EU) 2015/1017 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 June 2015 on the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the European Investment Advisory Hub and the European Investment Project Portal and amending Regulations (EU) No 1291/2013 and (EU) No 1316/2013 — the European Fund for Strategic Investments in the Official Journal

 
03 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with representatives of the DG AGRI at the European Commission

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Parliament Commission AGRI rapporteur for opinion Albert Deß, (EPP/DE)

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Parliament Commission AGRI coordinator Martin Häusling, MEP (Greens/DE)

 
30 Jun
 

European Commission

The Open conference of the Ocean Energy Forum took place in Bilbao. This Forum is in charge of developing a Roadmap which will be the basis of a future industry initiative on ocean energy. Participants developed recommendations on environmental, consenting, financing and technological questions related to the development of ocean energy.

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

World Summit on climate and territorial action – Dialogues and proposals from non-state stakeholders, under the patronage of the French COP presidency. Lyons, Rhône-Alpes, France

 
30 Jun
 

Related Activities

An Appointment of Mr Uno Silberg, (EE/EA) as rapporteur-general for the opinion

 
29 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views in CoR ENVE Commission on the basis of a working document of the rapporteur

 
29 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE Commission discussed and adopted the draft opinion. Ms Lowri Evans, Director General of Directorate General MARE and MEP Ms Miriam Dalli, Shadow Rapporteur of the own-initiative opinion "Untapping the potential of research and innovation in the blue economy to create jobs and growth" participated in the debate. A Press release was issued following the meeting.

 
29 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of a study "Local and regional authorities promoting fair trade" and of a brochure bringing together best practice examples as a tool for future awareness raising

 
29 Jun
 

Council

Approval of the trilogue agreement on the technical pillar in Coreper.

 
29 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE commission has adopted the draft opinion

 
28 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE commission has adopted the draft opinion

 
28 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE commission plans to adopt the opinion.Deputy head of Unit from DG CLIMA, Yrjo Makela, participate to the debate with the rapporteur and ENVE members beforehand.

 
28 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption at commission level

 
24 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption

 
24 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion in the SEDEC commission

 
24 Jun
 

European Commission

European Commission Circular Economy Conference

 
24 Jun
 

European Commission

The Draft EU Budget for 2016 was adopted by the European Commission

 
23 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meetings with Mrs Reding, EP rapporteur and Mr Ignacio Iruarrizaga Diez, European Commission lead negotiator

 
23 Jun
 

First discussion in CIVEX

The working document on the European Agenda on Migration is discussed in the external meeting of the CIVEX commission in Kołobrzeg (Poland).

 
22 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

CIVEX commission conference on future developments of the ENP held in Kolobrzeg (Poland)

 
22 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

CIVEX commission conference on future developments of the ENP held in Kolobrzeg (Poland)

 
22 Jun
 

European Parliament

Trilogue reaches agreement on directive on limitation of emissions from medium-sized combustion plants

 
22 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Opinion is adopted at the CIVEX commission external meeting in Kolobrzeg (PL)

 
21 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion on the work document in NAT Commission

 
18 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion on the work document in NAT Commission

 
18 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion during the 4th NAT commission meeting in Gaia, Portugal.

 
18 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion during the 4th NAT commission meeting in Gaia, Portugal.

 
18 Jun
 

European Commission

European Commission adopts the draft regulation on data collection in fisheries (Com (2015) 294 final Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL concerning the establishment of a Union framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (recast))

 
17 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

NAT seminar on innovation and modernisation of rural economy with Jozo Radoš vice chair of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA) and Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head of the OECD Regional Development Policy Division

 
17 Jun
 

European Commission

European Commission publishes its Action Plan for "A Fair and Efficient Corporate Tax System in the EU". (ref: COM(2015)302 final)

 
16 Jun
 

European Parliament

ENVI Committee nominates rapporteur for EP resolution on mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020

 
16 Jun
 

European Presidency

Digital Assembly in Riga

 
16 Jun
 

European Presidency

Digital Assembly in Riga

 
16 Jun
 

European Parliament

Vote in REGI committee on the draft report on "The Urban dimension of EU policies".

 
16 Jun
 

European Parliament

The European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the three technical proposals.

 
16 Jun
 

European Parliament

Vote in the CULT Committee

 
15 Jun
 

European Parliament

Vote in the CULT Committee

 
15 Jun
 

European Parliament

Vote in the CULT Committee

 
15 Jun
 

European Parliament

ENVI committee votes own-initiative report "Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy"

 
15 Jun
 

European Parliament

Presentation of the draft report in TRAN committee.

 
15 Jun
 

European Commission

Commissioner letter to the CoR chairman to request an own initiative opinion on simplification

 
11 Jun
 

Article in "The New European"

The rapporteur writes an article on the role of new Europeans in a Europe of regions that is published in the UNITEE's magazine "The New European".

 
11 Jun
 

Council

The TTE Council took stock of governance and market opening proposals under the 4th railway package.

 
10 Jun
 

Council

Informal meeting of Ministers responsible for territorial cohesion and urban matters in Riga:Adoption of the Declaration of Ministers towards the EU Urban AgendaParticipation of the CoR President.

 
09 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr. Hicham Imane (BE/PES) was appointed rapporteur for the opinion on the "Tax Transparency Package"

 
04 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Article of CoR Rapporteur Banaszak published in EP Magazine: " Blue growth key to EU economic prosperity"

 
04 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

EU Green Week workshop "Natura 2000 as a source of regional identity and values", co-organised by the CoR and the EC, moderated by the rapporteur(5th meeting of CoR/EC Joint Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment)

 
03 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activity

Debate organised in cooperation with the representation of the city of Bremen

 
03 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activity

Rapporteur presents the main points of the CoR opinion in the policy debate on Fair Trade organised in cooperation with the representation of the city of Bremen

 
03 Jun
 

European Commission

Letter from Commissioner Malmström granting access to the secret reading room for the ECON chair and the TTIP rapporteur.

 
03 Jun
 

European Commission

Letter from Commissioner Malmström granting access to the secret reading room for the ECON chair and the TTIP rapporteur.

 
03 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the European Commission

 
02 Jun
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion is adopted during the CoR Plenary Session in June

 
02 Jun
 

CoR Plenary Session

During the 112th Plenary Sessions, on 3 June, CoR Members adopted with a great majority Mr Hermann Kuhn's opinion on "Better protecting the marine environment"."We need common efforts at all levels of government to protect our marine environment"Interview with the Rapporteur

 
02 Jun
 

CoR Plenary Session

During the 112th Plenary Sessions, on 3 June, CoR Members adopted with a great majority Mr Hermann Kuhn's opinion on "Better protecting the marine environment"."We need common efforts at all levels of government to protect our marine environment"

 
02 Jun
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion CDR 5704/2014 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Jun
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion "A decent Life for all: from vision to collective action" is adopted unanimously at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Jun
 

European Commission

2nd European Cities forum "An Urban Agenda for Europe" in BrusselsThe European Commission presented the results of the public consultation and officially launched the Urban Innovative Actions, an EU initiative to support innovative approaches to tackle future urban challenges in cities across Europe.Participation of the CoR President in the high level panel "Next steps towards the EU urban agenda".Participation of the CoR rapporteur in the workshop on "Smart cities".

 
01 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

4th Assise of Decentralised Cooperation in Brussels and publication of a CoR study "Local and regional authorities promoting fair trade"

 
31 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Publication of a CoR study "Local and regional authorities promoting fair trade" providing information on the legal and policy frameworks and their limits for Fair Trade at European, national and sub national level in Europe and on the adoption at the local and regional level of instruments supporting Fair Trade

 
31 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participated in the 4th Assises of Decentralised Cooperation for Development, being a speaker in the round table "Post-2015: Universality and the territorial Approach to Development".

 
31 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

DATE TO BE CONFIRMEDOrganisation of a pre-COP meeting gathering countries of the Euromediterranean Union: COP MED. By the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur Region, with possible support of the Committee of the Regions and its ARLEM network. TBC

 
31 May
 

European Parliament

Presentation of the draft own-initiative report on Sustainable urban mobility in TRAN commitee

 
28 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participated in the ARLEM Bureau meeting and debate which resulted in adoption of the ARLEM's position paper on the ENP revision

 
27 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participated in the ARLEM Bureau meeting and debate which resulted in adoption of the ARLEM's position paper on the ENP revision

 
27 May
 

European Parliament

Adoption du projet de rapport en Commission Agriculture du Parlement Européen

 
27 May
 

European Parliament

Vote on the draft own-initiative report on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe" in TRAN commitee

 
27 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur held a bilateral meeting with the MEP Mrs Theocharous, rapporteur of the ongoing report "The role of local authorities in developing countries in development cooperation"

 
27 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

European Maritime Day Conference in Piraeus (Greece) on 28 and 29 May 2015: The Conference focuses on ports and coasts as engines for Blue Growth. Mr Banaszak presented his opinion and delivered a speech during Thematic session 3: "Ports: innovation hubs ofthe Blue Economy"

 
27 May
 

European Commission

A Statement of Estimates for the EU Budget 2016 presented by the European Commission

 
26 May
 

European Presidency

The Rapporteur participated in the informal meeting of EU Water and Marine Director's, organised by the Latvian Presidency. Mr Kuhn presented the CoR's position and views on the MSFD and participated in the following panel discussion on the ongoing implementation.

 
25 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his expert met with representatives of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

 
21 May
 

European Commission

Publication of the Staff Working Document on "Results of the public consultation on the key features of an EU Urban Agenda"

 
21 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Participation of ENVE Commission Vice-Chair Sirpa Hertell (FI/EPP) in the Natura 2000 Award 2015 ceremony

 
20 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur participated in the Agenzia di Ricerche e Legislazione (AREL) debate in Rome, on the sharing economy.

 
19 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur participated in the Agenzia di Ricerche e Legislazione (AREL) debate in Rome, on the sharing economy.

 
19 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation in CoR workshop on Territorial Impact Assessment of the Birds-/Habitats-Directives

 
19 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Association Régions de France (ARF, French Mayors organisation), nrg4SD and the EU Committee of the Regions to co-organise a meeting taking stock of Lima's results and discussing priorities for the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris. Last week of May 2015, Brussels. TBC

 
19 May
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

The rapporteur holds a stakeholders consultation in Brussels.

 
18 May
 

Council

EYCS Council meeting.Policy debate on 'Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications for mobility and employability: way forward for EU policies

 
17 May
 

Council

EYCS Council meeting

 
17 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr Jan Willem Goudriaan, vice-president of the citizens’ committee on the ECI on "Right to Water"

 
12 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Ms Carmen Preising, HoU, Secretariat General of the European Commission responsible for the ECI

 
12 May
 

CoR Commission activity

COTER external meeting on "Integrated solutions for mobility and urban development in functional urban areas" in Riga. The rapporteur chaired the thematic session on "Innovative solutions for public transport in functional urban areas".

 
12 May
 

CoR Commission activity

COTER conference on Integrated solutions for mobility and urban development in functional urban areas in Riga (Latvia)

 
12 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Mark Weinmeister (DE/EPP) was appointed as rapporteur for the opinion on Reviewing the decision-making process on genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

 
11 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The results of the survey on the topic of the opinion have been presented to the COTER commission

 
11 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The draft opinion has been adopted by the COTER commission

 
11 May
 

Council

Adoption of conclusions. The conclusions underline that in implementing the CAP, greater account should be taken of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality and that particular attention should be paid to taking due account of specific national and regional situations, and that the focus should be on areas where those implementing the CAP as well as its beneficiaries would benefit most in terms of reduced administrative burden in relation, for example, to information, control and reporting requirements

 
10 May
 

Meeting with DG CNECT

Gathering information on the current state of play of the REFIT exercise of AVMS Directive review and their visions on the new Directive.

 
10 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

 
 

eHealth WeekRiga, 11-13 May 2015The most important eHealth event of the year: eHealth Week 2015 took place in Riga under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency. Attracting over 2000 international delegates and 75 exhibitors, the event brought together decision makers from public and private healthcare sectors, clinicians, hospital and IT managers and key European policy makers.The Rapporteur spoke in the closing Plenary session, alongside the Dutch Minister of Health and host to the next eHealth Week.

 
10 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

 
 

eHealth WeekRiga, 11-13 May 2015The most important eHealth event of the year: eHealth Week 2015 took place in Riga under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency. Attracting over 2000 international delegates and 75 exhibitors, the event brought together decision makers from public and private healthcare sectors, clinicians, hospital and IT managers and key European policy makers.The Rapporteur spoke in the closing Plenary session, alongside the Dutch Minister of Health and host to the next eHealth Week.

 
10 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr. Helmuth Markov (DE/PES) was appointed rapporteur for the opinion "The local and regional dimension of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)"

 
06 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Ms. Benedetta Brighenti (IT/PES), was appointed rapporteur for the opinion on "The Local And Regional Dimension Of The Sharing Economy "

 
06 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Ms. Benedetta Brighenti (IT/PES), was appointed rapporteur for the opinion on "The Local And Regional Dimension Of The Sharing Economy "

 
06 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The rapporteur's draft opinion was adopted in the ECON Commission meeting

 
06 May
 

European Commission

Matthew MCGANN of DG ECFIN, presented the EC initiative at the ECON meeting

 
06 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion was adopted by majority of votes.

 
06 May
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

Study visit to the European Emergency Response Centre in BrusselsTwelve NAT Members, led by the NAT Chair José Luis CARNEIRO, were received on the premises of the EERC by Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director for Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations and Juha Auvinen, Head of the Emergency Response Unit within DG ECHO.

 
05 May
 

European Parliament

ENVI Committee vote on Proposal Directive on limitation of emissions from medium-sized combustion plants

 
05 May
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR ENVE Vice-Chair Sirpa Hertell member of the Natura 2000 Award 2015 jury

 
05 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The NAT commission appointed Ms Annemiek JETTEN (NL/PES) as rapporteur for an own-initiative opinion on Age-friendly tourism

 
04 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The NAT commission appointed Mr Anthony Buchanan rapporteur for the opinion on the CAP simplification

 
04 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The NAT commission appointed Mr Randel Länts rapporteur for the opinion on innovation and modernisation of rural economy

 
04 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Participation of ENVE Commission Vice-Chair Sirpa Hertell (FI/EPP) in the Natura 2000 Award 2015 jury

 
04 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion of working document in CoR NAT Commission with contributions from environmental NGOs, producers and European Commission.

 
04 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Discussion of working document in CoR NAT Commission with contributions from environmental NGOs, producers and European Commission.

 
04 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with policy analysts from the Units "Interinstitutional Relations" and "Directorate for Implementation, Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth" of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

 
04 May
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

The Rapporteur of the opinion, together with his expert, met with about 15 representatives of local and regional associations, and representatives of industrial and environmental stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion.

 
04 May
 

European Commission

Group of European Commissioners decides on mandate for new circular economy package

 
04 May
 

CoR Commission activity

Joint NAT-ECHO debate 'European Regions at the Forefront of Disaster Management'Hosted jointly by the NAT Chair José Luis CARNEIRO and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos STYLIANIDES, this afternoon debate featured two NAT Rapporteurs Harvey SIGGS and Adam BANASZAK.

 
04 May
 

European Parliament

Hearing on simplification at the AGRI committee

 
03 May
 

CoR Commission activity

During the third ENVE Commission meeting, Mr Rhodri Glyn Thomas presented his working document. ENVE Members had an exchange of views on this document, in the presence of policy officers Mr Billiet (DG MARE) and Ms Hunstad (DG ENER).

 
03 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with Mr Dominique Ramard, regional councillor in charge of energy, president of the Environment Council of Brittany Region, withMr Renaud Layadi: Officer in charge of International Relations of Brittany Regional Council and with Ms Aude Körfer: Permanent delegate of Brittany in Europe

 
03 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE commission has held an exchange of views on the opinion.

 
03 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE commission has held an exchange of views on the opinion.

 
03 May
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE commission plans to exchange ideas on the opinion

 
03 May
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference co-organised with the Association des Régions de France (ARF) and the Network of regional government for sustainable development (nrg4SD): Conference on the COP21, acting as on exchange of views with ENVE members and consultation of stakeholders. UNFCCC Chief of Staff, Daniele Violetti, European Commission Director Arthur Runge-Metzger, EU Luxembourgish presidency representative Henri Kox, French Presidency of the COP Marie Hélène Aubert were among the speakers.

 
03 May
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion is planned to be adopted during the CoR June Plenary Session.

 
02 May
 

European Commission

Public consultation by European Commission on production/consumption part of circular economy May-mid August

 
30 Apr
 

European Commission

Launch of public consultation supporting the fitness-check by the European Commission

 
29 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views in SEDEC Commission

 
28 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption in SEDEC

 
28 Apr
 

European Parliament

Text adopted by EP Plenary

 
27 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Potential participation:EU-OSHA and Latvian Presidency of the European Union Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards Ceremony & Latvian EU Presidency Conference on Occupational Safety and Health LV Riga

 
26 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Potential participation:EU-OSHA and Latvian Presidency of the European Union Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards Ceremony & Latvian EU Presidency Conference on Occupational Safety and Health LV Riga

 
26 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

CoR CIVEX commission appointed Mr Francois Decoster (FR/ALDE) as a rapporteur for the opinion on the European Agenda on Migration

 
23 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

Luc Van den Brande (EPP/BE) appointed as rapporteur for the opinion on the European Citizens Initiative

 
23 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Suggestion of an amendment to the EP rapporteur

 
23 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Forwarding of the opinion to the EC DG ENER, CLIMA, ENTR, REGIO and ENVI policy officers

 
23 Apr
 

Council

Special meeting of the European Council on migration

 
22 Apr
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholder consultation.Mr. Gamallo Aller met with aquaculture producers, environmental organisations, European regional offices and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges for European aquaculture production. The feedback received from stakeholders served as a basis for a working document, presented for discussion during the NAT commission meeting on 5 may.

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with MEPs.CoR Rapporteur Mr Gamallo Aller and his expert Mr Juan Carlos Maneiro Cadillo had series of meetings with MEPs Jose Blanco (S&D) and Francisco Millán Mon (EPP) to discuss the further development of European aquaculture.

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European CommissionMr Gamallo Aller and his expert Mr Juan Carlos Maneiro Cadillo met with DG MARE Director for policy development and coordination Mr Ernesto PENAS LADO.

 
22 Apr
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholder consultation.Mr. Gamallo Aller met with aquaculture producers, environmental organisations, European regional offices and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges for European aquaculture production. The feedback received from stakeholders served as a basis for a working document, presented for discussion during the NAT commission meeting on 5 may.

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with MEPs.CoR Rapporteur Mr Gamallo Aller and his expert Mr Juan Carlos Maneiro Cadillo had series of meetings with MEPs Jose Blanco (S&D) and Francisco Millán Mon (EPP) to discuss the further development of European aquaculture.

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European CommissionMr Gamallo Aller and his expert Mr Juan Carlos Maneiro Cadillo met with DG MARE Director for policy development and coordination Mr Ernesto PENAS LADO.

 
22 Apr
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Representatives of the banking sector, business associations, EESC and NGOs were present and engaged in the discussion of the draft opinion.

 
22 Apr
 

Council

Trilogue start between European Commission, European Parliament and Council

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation in the Climate Alliance's annual conference in Dresden

 
22 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with the Policy and Operations Director of the Ocean Energy Europe organisation.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with a research program officer of Unit G.3 Renewable Energy Sources, from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with the Director responsible for maritime affairs, innovation and competitiveness, and follow-up of the Baltic Sea Commission, from the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with MEP Seán Kelly (IT/EPP), Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with two policy officers in charge of the Ocean Energy Forum, from Unit C/1 Maritime policy / Atlantic, outermost regions and Arctic from the Directorate-General for Maritime Affaires and Fisheries.

 
19 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff met with MEP Derek Vaughan (UK/S&D), Vice-Chair of Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) and Member of Committee on Regional Development (REGI).

 
19 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Participation and statement of the CIVEX Chair (Mr Decoster) in the EaP Ministerial Summit of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg

 
19 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Participation and statement of the CIVEX Chair (Mr Decoster) in the EaP Ministerial Summit of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg

 
19 Apr
 

European Parliament

Adoption of EP ECON-BUDG Draft Report on European Fund for Strategic Investmens (1395 amendments, inclusion of 8 associated and 2 other committees)

 
19 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Letter from the ECON chair to Commissioner Malmström nominating the ECON chair and the rapporteur as the CoR members that should have access to the European Commission secret TTIP reading room

 
19 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Letter from the ECON chair to Commissioner Malmström nominating the ECON chair and the rapporteur as the CoR members that should have access to the European Commission secret TTIP reading room

 
19 Apr
 

CoR plenary adoption

MEP Bernd Lange invited to participate in the CoR plenary

 
16 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

Adoption of the opinion in the CoR Plenary Session (unanimity)

 
16 Apr
 

Rapporteur's activities

 
 

FVE Conference on "Natural Disasters and One health: Are we ready to react?"Natural disasters severely challenge the health and welfare of people, animals and the ecosystem. The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe in association with the Latvian EU Presidency and with the support of the Committee of the Regions organised a conference focusing on preparedness and management of such crises. About 90 participants actively engaged in the discussions recognising that humans, animals and the environment are interlinked and advocating the imperative of considering ‘One Health’ holistic approach as fundamental part of the whole exercise. Civil protection mechanisms should consider human and animal interactions as major factor in order to enhance preparedness and ensure successful response

 
16 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

 
 

Mr Nikolaos Chiotakis (EL/EPP) is appointed as rapporteur for the opinion on thereview of the European Neighbourhood policy (ENP)

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

 
 

Mr Nikolaos Chiotakis (EL/EPP) is appointed as rapporteur for the opinion on thereview of the European Neighbourhood policy (ENP)

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion on "Implementation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport" in CoR Plenary.Participation of the EP rapporteur Mr Wim van de Camp (NL/EPP).

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the Opinion on Investment Plan and European Fund for Strategic Investments at the 111th Plenary Session

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion CdR 5726/2014 is adopted at the CoR Plenary Session

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption at the Plenary Session (majority)

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption at the Plenary Session (majority)

 
15 Apr
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption at the Plenary Session (majority)

 
15 Apr
 

Related Activities

CoR Conference: An Investment Plan for Europe: Joining Forces

 
14 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure (date to be confirmed)

 
14 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure (date to be confirmed)

 
14 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure (date to be confirmed)

 
14 Apr
 

European Parliament

ENVI Committee holds exchange of views on the draft own-initiative report "Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy"

 
13 Apr
 

European Parliament

Presentation of the draft own-initiative report on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe" in TRAN commitee

 
12 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Rapporteur participates in the Civex seminar on the Regional Dimension of EU Cooperation with Eastern Neighbour Countries, organized in Elblag (Poland)

 
08 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Rapporteur participates in the Civex seminar on the Regional Dimension of EU Cooperation with Eastern Neighbour Countries, organized in Elblag (Poland)

 
08 Apr
 

CoR Commission activity

Rapporteur participates in the Civex seminar on the Regional Dimension of EU Cooperation with Eastern Neighbour Countries, organized in Elblag (Poland)

 
08 Apr
 

Council

Les ministres de l’agriculture de l’UE ont tenu leur dernier débat sur le secteur du lait avant la suppression des quotas, le 31 mars. Certains ont fait part de leur optimisme, d’autres de leurs inquiétudes. Le commissaire européen Phil Hogan n’a pas avancé de proposition nouvelle, mais annoncé une prochaine initiative commune avec la Banque européenne d’investissement pour la restructuration du secteur

 
30 Mar
 

European Parliament

Participation of Mr Soulage to REGI exchange of views (tbc)

 
25 Mar
 

European Parliament

The EP's AGRI committee discussed CAP simplification with the commissioner. At that meeting, MEPs presented a report setting out their proposals, focusing on simplifying the eligibility requirements for direct payments, greening, controls, sanctions, the definition of active farmers and young farmers, and fruit and vegetable payments

 
23 Mar
 

European Parliament

Prospects for the EU dairy sector: draft report presentation. James Nicholson (ECR, UK) will present his draft own-initiative report onprospects for the dairy sector. For him, the expiry of the milk quota regimein April after thirty years of existence will present both challenges and opportunities for the dairy sector. The implementation of the milkpackage since October 2012 has been disappointing. Therefore, heencourages stakeholders along the dairy supply chain to avail themselvesof the measures under the Milk Package, and proposes new instrumentsto be considered by the Commission.

 
23 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur is a speaker at the conference "The MED programme capitalisation: contributing to a stronger Europe" hosted by the Committee of the Regions

 
23 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur is a speaker at the conference "The MED programme capitalisation: contributing to a stronger Europe" hosted by the Committee of the Regions

 
23 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur is a speaker at the conference "The MED programme capitalisation: contributing to a stronger Europe" hosted by the Committee of the Regions

 
23 Mar
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholder consultation of the rapporteur-general and his expert. About 20 representatives of transport stakeholders and of local and regional associations provided valuable input for the preparation of the draft opinion.

 
22 Mar
 

European Parliament

Consideration of draft report in the CULT Committee

 
22 Mar
 

European Parliament

Consideration of draft report in the CULT Committee

 
22 Mar
 

European Parliament

Consideration of draft report in the CULT Committee

 
22 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Steering Committee of the Ocean Energy Forum met to sign off the strategic roadmap before submission to DG MARE.Following the proposal of the ENVE Commission, the CoR Bureau nominated Rhodri Glyn Thomas (UK/EA) as rapporteur for the own-initiative opinion "Developing the potential of Ocean Energy".Rapporteur's nomination

 
17 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur's article was published in the Austrian magazine "Public" under the title "Centralism hinders freedom" (available in German)

 
17 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participated in the Policy Forum for Development in Brussels, speaking at the session "A Global Partnership for poverty eradication and sustainable development after 2015"

 
16 Mar
 

Council

Second discussion and announcement of first simplification measures by the European Commission

 
15 Mar
 

Council

Second discussion and aannouncement of first simplification measures by the European Commission

 
15 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR rapporteur submitted 20 amendments to the EP rapporteur and the ALDE shadow rapporteur.

 
15 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure (date to be confirmed)

 
14 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure (date to be confirmed)

 
14 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
14 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Date tbc: Meetings with the two EP rapporteurs.

 
14 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan 14-18 March 2015This major, United Nations' conference brought together more than 8,000 delegates from all over the world who reviewed the implementation of the "Hyogo Framework for Action" and adopted a post-2015 framework for disaster reduction. Cllr Siggs represented the CoR at the event and spoke at several workshops and panels.

 
13 Mar
 

Rapporteur activity

Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan 14-18 March 2015This major, United Nations' conference brought together more than 8,000 delegates from all over the world who reviewed the implementation of the "Hyogo Framework for Action" and adopted a post-2015 framework for disaster reduction. Cllr Siggs represented the CoR at the event and spoke at several workshops and panels.

 
13 Mar
 

Council

Policy debate in TTE Council on the two legislative proposals under the governance pillar (PSO Regulation and Governace Directive)

 
12 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Exchanges of views of the rapporteur-general and his expert with the Greek Permanent Representation, the European Commission and the EP TRAN secretariat

 
11 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of Mr Gewerc with Mr Katainen, EC Vice-President on the Investment Plan within the Association des Régions de France

 
11 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

External meeting of the NAT commission : Action plan for the future of organic production in the EU: time for regions to act

 
11 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

External meeting of the NAT commission : Action plan for the future of organic production in the EU: time for regions to act

 
11 Mar
 

Council

The Council agrees its negotiating stance on EFSI regulation proposal, enabling negotiations with the European Parliament to start immediately

 
09 Mar
 

European Parliament

A provisional agreement was reached between the European Parliament and the Council

 
09 Mar
 

European Parliament

A provisional agreement was reached between the European Parliament and the Council

 
09 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur addressed a workshop on “When local politics turns into international politics” in the Agora of Cities in Barcelona

 
09 Mar
 

Related Activities

The CoR President appointed Mr Spyros SPYRIDON (EL/EPP) as rapporteur-general for the opinion.

 
08 Mar
 

European Commission

European Commission publishes its decision (2015/C 80/08) to withdraw the legislative proposal amending several waste Directives

 
06 Mar
 

European Commission

The European Commission withdraws the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Groundhandling Services at Union Airports and repealing Council Directive 96/67/EC

 
06 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

Table ronde en commission NAT :Address by Aivars Lapins, head of the Latvian presidency's Agriculture, Food, Veterinary, Forestry and Fisheries Division Address by Riccardo Serrão Santos, EP shadow rapporteur on the milk package and the prospects for the European dairy sectorAddress by Brigitte Misonne, Animal products team leader in the European Commission's DG AGRI Address by Romuald Schaber, president of the European Milk Board

 
04 Mar
 

European Parliament

The draft European Parliament report on Green employment initiative: Tapping into the job creation potential of the green economy by Ms. Lambert was presented

 
04 Mar
 

European Parliament

The draft European Parliament report on Green employment initiative: Tapping into the job creation potential of the green economy by Ms. Lambert was presented

 
04 Mar
 

European Parliament

The draft European Parliament report on Green employment initiative: Tapping into the job creation potential of the green economy by Ms. Lambert was presented

 
04 Mar
 

European Commission

Orientation debate in the College of Commissioners on the European Agenda for Migration

 
03 Mar
 

European Commission

The European Commission and the EU High Representative present a joint consultation paper "Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy"

 
03 Mar
 

European Commission

The European Commission and the EU High Representative present a joint consultation paper "Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy"

 
03 Mar
 

European Commission

The European Commission and the EU High Representative present a joint consultation paper "Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy"

 
03 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

The ENVE commission has nominated Mr P. Mangin (FR/EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion "Energy Union Package".

 
02 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

The ENVE commission has nominated Mr P. Mangin (FR/EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion "Energy Union Package".

 
02 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

The ENVE commission has appointed Ms Annabelle Jaeger (FR/PES) as the rapporteur for the opinion "The Paris Protocol – A blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020"

 
02 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

During the second ENVE Commission meeting, ENVE Members had a first discussion on the draft opinion. Prior to the vote Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos (MEP (PT/S&D), Co-Chair of the Intergroup "Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development" and Member of the Intergroup "Seas, rivers, islands and coastal areas", as well as Mr Joachim D'Eugenio, Deputy Head of Unit in the DG Environment commented on the draft opinion in the context of the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

 
02 Mar
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopts its proposal

 
01 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER commission suggested, in the view of the inter-institutional calendar, to ask the CoR President to appoint Mr Spyros SPYRIDON (EL/EPP) as a rapporteur-general for an opinion on"Implementation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport"

 
01 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

General exploratory debate at the COTER commission on the Investment Plan and European Fund for Strategic Investments, with statements by Mr Maarten Verwey, Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission and Ms Maria Barragan Shaw, Head of the Strategy Division, European Investment Bank

 
01 Mar
 

CoR Commission activity

Rapporteur presented a first draft opinion to the COTER commission.

 
01 Mar
 

Rapporteur's activities

Dissemination of CoR Opinion to EU institutions including EP rapporteurs and shadow-rapporteurs by CoR secretariat.

 
28 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Ms. Olga ZRIHEN, (BE/PES ) was appointed rapporteur for the opinion on "Flexibility within the Stability and Growth Pact"

 
26 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Tadeusz Truskolaski (PL/EA) was appointed rapporteur for the opinion on "Building a Capital Markets Union".

 
26 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

European Health Parliament debate:"What are the future opportunities for better European healthcare?"Panel discussion led my MEP Philippe de Backer, moderated by European Voice editor Peter O’Donnell and bringing together representatives of pharmaceutical indusryu (Janssen EMEA), IT (Google), patients' organisation (European Haemophilia Consortium) and the CoR Rapporteur Karsten Uno Petersen

 
26 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Appointment of rapporteur

 
25 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Luis Gomes (PT/EPP) is appointed CoR Rapporteur on the opinion

 
25 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Regional Impact of the Digital Agenda and the Connected Digital Single Market – Round table discussion in the SEDEC meeting; Intervention of Director General DG Connect Robert Madelin, ITRE Committee Chair Jerzy Buzek

 
25 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Regional Impact of the Digital Agenda and the Connected Digital Single Market – Round table discussion in the SEDEC meeting; Intervention of Director General DG Connect Robert Madelin, ITRE Committee Chair Jerzy Buzek

 
25 Feb
 

European Parliament

Vote on the draft EP Report in CULT

 
25 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of Mr Verkerk in the discussion on the draft report on the urban dimension of EU policies in EP REGI commitee

 
25 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of Mr Verkerk in the discussion on the draft own-initiative EP report on the urban dimension of EU policies in EP REGI commiteeEP rapporteur's, Ms Westphal, draft report reflects to a large extent the CoR opinion following a prior exchange between the two rapporteurs. Examples of synergies between the two reports are the following requests made in the EP report:the Commission to systematically introduce a territorial impact assessment on the urban dimension of all relevant EU policy initiatives and to make sure that all relevant sectorial EU policies adequately address the challenges that towns, cities and larger functional urban areas are facing; the European Urban Agenda to be based on a new multi-level governance method; consolidation and better coordination between urban platforms and networks (such as URBACT, the Urban Development Network) serving for knowledge sharing between actors

 
25 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

Milk Summit on "The end of the milk quota - challenges for the European dairy market", organised by The Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg and the Associaton of the German Dairy Industry (MIV Brussels

 
23 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion is adopted at the CIVEX commission meeting, accompanied by a statement by the official representing the European Commission

 
23 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion is adopted in the CIVEX commission accompanied by a statement of Mr Helmut Scholz, Member of the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament

 
23 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion is adopted at the CIVEX commission meeting

 
23 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR Rapporteur Adam Banaszak presented CoR's opinion in a bilateral meeting with MEP Isabelle THOMAS, European Parliament rapporteur for the dossier in the PECH committee. The main points of the dossier were subject of a constructive discussion that took place before the first discussion of the file in European Parliament's PECH committee.

 
23 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR Rapporteur Adam Banaszak discussed the "Blue Economy" dossier in a bilateral meeting with MEP Marek Gróbarczyk (PL/ECR), shadow rapporteur for EP's ITRE committee.

 
23 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

High Level Conference on Healthy Lifestyle and Nutrition for Children and Young People at Schools (tbc)Presidency Events in Latvia

 
22 Feb
 

European Commission

European Commission published COM (2015) 63 final

 
17 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion in CoR Plenary Session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion in CoR Plenary Session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion adopted

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion by the CoR Plenary

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion CDR 4527/2014 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

A debate took place between V-ce President Timmermans at the CoR plenary session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the COR Plenary session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the COR Plenary session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the COR Plenary session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption during the CoR Plenary Session. Debate with EC Vice-President Timmermans on the intention of the European Commission to withdraw the legislative proposal amending waste Directives

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the COR Plenary session

 
11 Feb
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the COR Plenary session

 
11 Feb
 

European Parliament

The draft European Parliament report on the Green Action Plan for SMEs by Mr De Backer was presented

 
09 Feb
 

European Parliament

The draft European Parliament report on the Green Action Plan for SMEs by Mr De Backer was presented

 
09 Feb
 

European Parliament

The draft European Parliament report on the Green Action Plan for SMEs by Mr De Backer was presented

 
09 Feb
 

Council

General Affairs Council. Majority of Member States objects to the European Commission plan to withdraw the legislative proposal.

 
09 Feb
 

European Commission

European Commission's communication on "A Global Partnership for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development after 2015"

 
04 Feb
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Survey on the topics of the opinion opens. Relevant comments will be appreciated until 6 March.

 
03 Feb
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR Rapporteur plans to meet the Latvian Presidency (date tbc)

 
31 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Planned publication of the opinion leaflet

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Planned publication of the opinion leaflet

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Possible publication of the opinion leaflet

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure (date to be confirmed)

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure (date to be confirmed)

 
30 Jan
 

CoR Commission activity

Appointment of Mr Claude Gewerc, President of Picardy Regional Council (France) as rapporteur-general for CoR Opinion on "Investment Plan and European Fund for Strategic Investments"

 
28 Jan
 

Council

The Communication COM(2015) 12 final was presented and discussed at the ECOFIN meeting of 27 January 2015.

 
26 Jan
 

European Parliament

Hearing on "The milk package and the prospects for the dairy sector". Commission Agriculture

 
26 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the rapporteur in the first meeting of the new European Migration Forum in Brussels.

 
25 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Commissioner Christos StylianidesThe Commissioner and the Rapporteur spoke about the forthcoming conference in Sendai, Japan and the EU position regarding the draft Hyogo Framework for Action. Commissioner Stylianides pledged to work in close cooperation with Europe's cities and regions to promote the culture of resilience at all governance levels. Cllr Siggs reiterated Committee's commitment to assist the Commission in its efforts to build a strong European civil protection policy framework.

 
22 Jan
 

European Parliament

EP hearing on circular economy. Dissemination of CoR draft opinion.

 
21 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

The CoR rapporteur participated in the EUSAIR governing board held in Ancona, Italy, where among other things the rules of procedure for the four steering groups of the four EUSAIR pillars (blue growth, connecting the region (transport and energy), environmental quality and sustainable tourism) were discussed.

 
21 Jan
 

European Parliament

"End of milk quotas: what new control tools for the milk sector?french, italian, portuguese and spanish perspectives" à l'invitation de Michel Dantin et Pablo de Castro avec la présence de James Nicholson

 
20 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of the rapporteur with the EESC rapporteur, Mr Pariza Castaños.

 
19 Jan
 

European Commission

Smart cooperation in coastal and maritime tourism: Encouraging transnational partnerships through clusters and networks

 
19 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur spoke at the European Commission conference presenting the results of the consultation following the publication of the Green Paper

 
18 Jan
 

European Parliament

Possible presentation of draft Report. Possible participation by the CoR rapporteur (tbc)

 
18 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur of the opinion and his expert meet with 20 local stakeholders from Bremen (Germany) and discuss thoroughly the different aspects of the EU's marine strategy and its implementation.

 
14 Jan
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

The rapporteur of the opinion, Mr Hermann Kuhn (DE/PES), Member of the Bremen City Parliament, together with his expert, Mr Till Markus, meet with about 25 representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of this opinion.

 
13 Jan
 

Rapporteur's activities

Open debate organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on the outcomes of the UNFCCC COP20. Rapporteur Annabelle Jaeger will deliver a video message on behalf of regions and cities

 
13 Jan
 

European Commission

European Commission published COM (2015) 12 final

 
12 Jan
 

European Commission

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Fund for Strategic Investments and amending Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 and (EU) No 1316/2013 (COM (2015) 10 final)

 
12 Jan
 

European Commission

European Commission publishes Communication on MAKING THE BEST USE OF THE FLEXIBILITY WITHIN THE EXISTING RULES OF THE STABILITY AND GROWTH PACT (COM (2015) 12), which was one of the requests of the opinion

 
12 Jan
 

European Commission

European Commission publishes Communication on MAKING THE BEST USE OF THE FLEXIBILITY WITHIN THE EXISTING RULES OF THE STABILITY AND GROWTH PACT (COM (2015) 12), which was one of the requests of the opinion

 
12 Jan
 

European Parliament

S&D public hearing with experts, producers and MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos, S&D rapporteur on this issue

 
06 Jan
2014
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the Ep rapporteur (tbc)

 
31 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The main recommendations on the Green Action Plan for SMEs were sent to EP rapporteur, Mr. De Backer

 
18 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The main recommendations on the Green Action Plan for SMEs were sent to EP rapporteur, Mr. De Backer

 
18 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The main recommendations on the Green Action Plan for SMEs were sent to EP rapporteur, Mr. De Backer

 
18 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the ECOS commission

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the ECOS commission

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the ECOS commission

 
16 Dec
 

European Commission

Rapporteur was a speaker at the Commission's conference on "The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: assessing and responding to the training needs of legal practitioners and public officials"

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
16 Dec
 

Council

Environment Council objects to the European Commission' plan.

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
16 Dec
 

European Parliament

The European Parliament's plenary assembly adopts the final proposal for the general budget 2015, marking an end to negotiations with the Council

 
16 Dec
 

Council

The Environment Council adopts general approach on the proposal for the Directive on limitation of emissions from medium combustion plants.The Council also underlines the need to keep working on all the elements of the clean air package.

 
16 Dec
 

Council

Reducing use of plastic bags: the Council reaches a political agreement;

 
16 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

A working document on the opinion has been presented by the rapporteur during the COTER commission meeting

 
15 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met bilaterally with Ms Kadri Uustal, European Commission, who will be evaluating the outcome of the negotiations on the PAs and OPs for the European Commission.

 
15 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Draft opinion unanimously adopted in COTER commission

 
15 Dec
 

European Commission

European Commission in its work programme 2015 announces its plan to withdraw the legislative proposal and to re-present it in 2015.

 
15 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

European conference "Citizen in my city, citizen in Europe" organised by CEMR in Rome (Italy), workshop 5 – Giving the floor to citizens

 
15 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

European conference "Citizen in my city, citizen in Europe" organised by CEMR in Rome (Italy), workshop 5 – Giving the floor to citizens

 
15 Dec
 

Council

General Affairs Council conclusions on a transformative post-2015 agenda

 
15 Dec
 

European Commission

European Commission adopts its Work Programme 2015.The proposal for the revision of the NEC Directive (COM/2013/0920) is included in Annex 2 as a modification of pending proposals.The document states: "To be modified as part of the legislative follow-up to the 2030 Energy and Climate Package"

 
15 Dec
 

European Commission

The European Commission proposed in the work programme 2015 to withdraw the proposal on groundhandling services, given that there is no foreseeable agreement in the interinstitutional negotiations.

 
15 Dec
 

Council

First discussion

 
14 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Adriatic and Ionian Cities Forum Assembly: intervention by the rapporteur and the MEP rapporteur on EUSAIR

 
11 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The Rapporteur and his staff meet with the Deputy Head of Unit and the Senior Expert of the Unit "Marine Environment & Water Industry" of the Directorate General Environment of the European Commission.

 
10 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR ENVE commission adopts CoR draft opinion

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Michèle Sabban, president of R20, to discuss follow-up of COP20 and preparation of COP21, notably the promotion of the Declaration of Paris which represents the voluntary engagements of regions and businesses to work together to upscale their action against global warming.

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretariat: Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff of Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. Annabelle Jaeger shared her concerns on the evolution of the negotiations with the weakening of the paragraphs about cities and regions, and the need for the UNFCCC to support them more prominently during COPs.

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Bilateral meeting with EIB vice-president, notable on the EU Covenant of Mayors. CoR president had to cancel the meeting.

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Elina Bardram, Head of the EU Delegation negotiating UNFCCC COPs. Annabelle Jaeger recalled the key impact and mobilisation of cities and regions, and asked the EU Delegation to strongly supports the maintenance of the paragraphs about cities and regions within the draft text.

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Bilateral meeting with Council Director General, Jaroslaw Pietras. CoR President had to cancel the meeting.

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Annabelle Jaeger attended Al Gore and the LGMA (local government and municipal authorities) intervention at the COP20/CMP10 High Level Segment.

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Reception of the Head of Delegation of the EU (EEAS), Lima, Peru. Mr Lebrun had to cancel.

 
10 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Meeting with Lima Mayor. Mr Lebrun had to cancel.

 
10 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the EP rapporteur, M Marc Tarabella (FR/PES) (tbc)

 
09 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Greens Annual Breakfast during UNFCCC COP. Annabelle Jaeger participated in the annual breakfast of the Greens organised during UNFCCC COPs to exchange with Green Parliamentarians from Korea, Turkey, Australia, France, the Netherlands, the EU, Canada, etc about the ongoing negotiations on climate and the place of cities and regions within this context.

 
09 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

World Climate Summit, Lima, Peru. It brought together high level participants from both the public and private sector. It strived to develop the strongest multi-stakeholder platform supporting a universal climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris 2015.CoR President was invited to speak at the event but had to cancel.

 
09 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Voices for Climate, Lima Peru: Annabelle Jaeger met Ségolène Royal (French Minister of the Environment) briefly before her intervention on the future work of the French COP Presidency. She highlighted the overlaps between biodiversity and climate policy

 
09 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meetings of the Friends of Cities where local and regional climate leaders and networks gather with countries supporting them to debrief on the current status of the negotiations. Annabelle Jaeger updated partners about her meetings with the EU delegation and their position with regard regions and cities during the negotiations.

 
09 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Annabelle Jaeger attended the High level ministerial Dialogue on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action in Lima, Peru. This specific part of the COP is the one in charge of the draft text for the future global climate agreement.

 
09 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur key-note speaker at annual Conference of the European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity "Natura 2000 in action".Dissemination of CoR brochure.

 
09 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

COP20 UNFCCC, Lima, Peru - Side-Event Committee of the Regions/European Economic and Social Committee. The Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee co-organised a side-event in Lima, Peru during the COP20 UNFCCC: "Renewable energy as a local development opportunity".

 
08 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

ICLEI/Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting on the occasion of the COP20, officially supported by the UNFCCC: From vision to action plan - Raising the global level of ambition through national and local action. CoR president was invited to speak but had to cancel. Mrs Jaeger was then offered to speak but as she spoke at an ICLEI event the day before (Lima Dialogues) and she had another event to speak to simultaneously, it was agreed with ICLEI that she would not speak.

 
08 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

“The Future of Sustainable Cities to Combat Climate Pollution”, organised in Lima during the COP20 by the Embassy of Sweden in Chile. CoR President was invited to present the case of the EU Covenant of Mayors after the introduction of Swedish Minister. CoR president had to cancel.

 
08 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meetings with MEPs Yannick Jadot and Bas Eickhout during the UNFCCC COP20 in Lima; Annabelle Jaeger as the Committee of the Regions climate envoy met with MEPs to seek their support within the EU Delegation for the articles on cities and regions within the draft text under discussion

 
08 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Second Steering Committee of Lyon July 2015 World Summit of territorial climate action with civil society, UCLG and Rhone-Alps Region. Preparatory Meeting with local and regional leaders and networks (ICLEI, UCLG, Climate Alliance, R20) + Laurence Tubiana – French Ambassador for international climate negotiations; debate on the orientations of the Summit, under the patronage of the French COP Presidency to gather the proposals of cities, regions and all other non-state actors for the future agreement to be signed in Paris during the COP21 UNFCCC.

 
08 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Bilateral meeting with César Villanueva, Ex-Prime Minister and Ex-President of the Regional Government of San Martín. Cor President had to cancel the meeting.

 
08 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur speaking at TAIEX LAF workshop on protection of nature at a local level, at Committee of the Regions.Dissemination of CoR brochure

 
08 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

COP20 UNFCCC, Lima, Peru - Side-Event Climate Alliance/Committee of the Regions. The Committee of the Regions and Climate Alliance co-organised a side-event in Lima, Peru during the COP20 UNFCCC: "The importance of local action and multi-level governance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions". It focused on the importance of local authorities which can act as climate champions – in particular through the EU Covenant of Mayors

 
07 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Lima Dialogues “Raising Global level of ambition through Local Climate Action” at UN Lima Climate Change Conference. Local authorities of the world comes together to support a higher level of ambition to save climate and demonstrate their leadership on climate policy

 
07 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The President of the Committee of the Regions was invited to speak in front of parliamentarians of the world, including MEPs, in this event organised jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Congress of the Republic of Peru.Mr Lebrun had to cancel his participation.

 
07 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete during the COP20 UNFCCC in Lima in order to defend the inclusion of cities and regions within the draft text under discussion

 
07 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Dinner with UCLGs Climate Spokeperson and French Senator, Ronan Dantec, and Vice President of region Rhône-Alpes (France) + European Economic and Social Committee Director Jean-François Bence to discuss future collaboration in view of the COP21 UNFCCC in Paris: notably the World Climate and Territories Summit (1-2 July 2015) and Opinion supporting officially the proposals issued by the Summit.

 
07 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Annabelle Jaeger attended the daily debriefings of the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete with MEPs.

 
07 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

PES press release on opinion adopted at CoR plenary session

 
04 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

PES press release on opinion adopted at CoR plenary session

 
04 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Adoption of the draft opinion in the CoR ENVE Commission meeting

 
04 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Contacts with the EP rapporteur Mrs Pietikkainen (FI/EPP)

 
04 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Press release : Regions warn EU plans will damage flourishing organic sector

 
04 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Press release : Regions warn EU plans will damage flourishing organic sector

 
04 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Letter by CoR ENVE Commission Chair and CoR Rapporteur to EC President Juncker calling for retaining the EC legislative proposals.

 
04 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Resolution of the Committee of the Regions on the European Commission's Communication for an Investment Plan for Europe (COR-2014-06881-00-00-RES-TRA)

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR adopts its opinion on "Recognition of skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning " at its Plenary session

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during Plenary session

 
03 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR Rapporteur participated in Italian Presidency seminar on 'Sostenere crescita e competitività delle imprese promuovendo salute e sicurezza sul lavoro in tempi di crisi'

 
03 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR Rapporteur participated in Italian Presidency seminar on 'Sostenere crescita e competitività delle imprese promuovendo salute e sicurezza sul lavoro in tempi di crisi'

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion to be voted on the CoR Plenary session

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion to be voted on the CoR Plenary session

 
03 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Cllr Siggs met Ian Clark, Head of Unit Policy and Implementation Frameworks at DG ECHO to discuss the progress in negotiations of the future HFA and to reflect jointly on the challenges of translating the Framework into national and local context. Raising awareness about the HFA, bringing it as close as possible to local communities and implementing it at all governance levels are the key areas of action for the CoR and the Commission.

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

At the occasion of the CoR plenary on 3-4 December where the CoR opinion was adopted, the CoR rapporteur gave a short statement.

 
03 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Mrs Matoniene was a speaker at the UN-Habitat/Committee of the Regions event: "Are European cities and local authorities prepared for the Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III?"

 
03 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion to be adopted at the CoR Plenary session.

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion is adopted in the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion is adopted in the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion is adopted during the CoR Plenary Session of December 2014.

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of a booklet "Making rights real – a guide for local and regional authorities" in cooperation with the Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of the Rapporteur with ALDE shadow Mr Theurer

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of the Rapporteur with ALDE shadow Mr Theurer

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The COR Plenary Session adopted the opinion

 
02 Dec
 

European Parliament

Meeting with MEP Cecilia Wikström to discuss the opinion and to discuss a possible visit of her to Calais.

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation of the opinion at the INFORM Network Meeting (DG REGIO) Brussels, 3 December 2014

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion Civex-V-049 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation of the opinion at the INFORM Network Meeting (DG REGIO) Brussels, 3 December 2014

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Opinion Civex-V-049 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR adopts its opinion on "European film in the digital era" at its Plenary session (unanimity)

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Commission activity

The CoR Plenary session adopted the opinion.

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Michael Nolan, Technical Director for Sustainability & Climate Change at AECOM.Cllr Siggs and Mr Nolan discussed the CoR views on the future HFA as well as the UN City Disaster Resilience Scorecard developed in collaboration with IBM for UNISDR to support the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion Civex-V-048 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion Civex-V-048 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion Civex-V-048 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Hearing in Com AGRI, EP The rapporteur took the floor at the beginning of the hearing to present the draft opinion before its adoption at the CoR Plenary. The Chair of the AGRI committee, Mr Siekierski stressed that the committee attaches great importance to the CoR opinion. Generally speaking, the concerns in the EP go in the same direction as the ones expressed by the CoR.

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Hearing in Com AGRI, EP The rapporteur took the floor at the beginning of the hearing to present the draft opinion before its adoption at the CoR Plenary. The Chair of the AGRI committee, Mr Siekierski stressed that the committee attaches great importance to the CoR opinion. Generally speaking, the concerns in the EP go in the same direction as the ones expressed by the CoR.

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the CoR Plenary Session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the CoR Plenary Session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the CoR Plenary Session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the COR Plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption of the opinion during the COR Plenary session

 
02 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

 
 

Following the proposal of the ENVE Commission, the CoR Bureau nominated Mr Hermann Kuhn as rapporteur for the own-initiative opinion "Better protecting the maritime environment".

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participates in the meeting of JCC FYROM in Brussels

 
01 Dec
 

European Parliament

First Exchange of views at the European Parliament/CULT Committee

 
01 Dec
 

European Parliament

First Exchange of views at the European Parliament/CULT Committee

 
01 Dec
 

European Parliament

First Exchange of views at the European Parliament/CULT Committee

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Speaker at SOLIDAR Conference "The Ingredients for an Inclusive Jobs, Growth and Investment Agenda" / "Investing in Education and Lifelong Learning". The rapporteur presented the draft Opinion to MEPs M. Nekov (S&D, BG) and M. Šojdrová (EPP, CZ).

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur is a speaker at the CoR Conference on Governing a multi-level Europe, panel devoted to "Reconnecting citizens with the EU: the role of regions and cities"

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur is a speaker at the CoR Conference on Governing a multi-level Europe, panel devoted to "Reconnecting citizens with the EU: the role of regions and cities"

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Cllr Siggs represented the CoR in Geneva at the technical workshop on local indicators for disaster risk reduction, organised by the UNISDR.

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The future of organic farming in the European UnionDiscussing the amendment of the regulation of organic farming in the European Union at the Representation of the Free State of Bavariato the European Union

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

The future of organic farming in the European UnionDiscussing the amendment of the regulation of organic farming in the European Union at the Representation of the Free State of Bavariato the European Union

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference "Governing a multilevel Europe" in the CoR premises in Brussels

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference "Governing a multilevel Europe" in the CoR premises in Brussels

 
01 Dec
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference "Governing a multilevel Europe" in the CoR premises in Brussels

 
01 Dec
 

European Presidency

Stakeholder Conference in Milan (Italy), co-organised by the Italian Presidency of the Council, the European Commission and the Lombardy region, aiming to debate the findings of the public consultations launched by the Commission between July and October 2014

 
30 Nov
 

European Commission

Bilateral meeting between Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement – Mr Hahn with the President Lebrun on the subject of the ENP reform and its territorial dimension

 
30 Nov
 

European Commission

Bilateral meeting between Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement – Mr Hahn with the President Lebrun on the subject of the ENP reform and its territorial dimension

 
30 Nov
 

European Commission

Bilateral meeting between Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement – Mr Hahn with the President Lebrun on the subject of the ENP reform and its territorial dimension

 
30 Nov
 

European Parliament

The European Commission has asked the Parliament to endorse the 2030 Framework by the end of 2014.

 
30 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR President sends letter to EC President Juncker on the EC work programme 2015. The letter requests the European Commission to maintain the legislative proposal.

 
27 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR will publish a leaflet summarising the opinion

 
27 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR President sends letter to EC President Juncker on the EC work programme 2015. The letter requests the European Commission to maintain the legislative proposals.

 
27 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur participates as speaker in the annual conference of the POLIS network of Cities and Regions working for sustainable urban mobility solutions

 
27 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Territorial Impact Assessment workshopbased on ESPON quickscan methodology Analysing theSmooth phasing-out of the milk quotas in the EUReports COM(2012)741, COM(2010)727 and COM(2014) 354

 
26 Nov
 

European Commission

Andriukaitis discusses his vision for European health systems ahead of the December Council Summit: "Moving around Europe is taken for granted, so systems should be in place that can take care of everyone wherever they are". To achieve so, he envisages “a single market for health services”

 
26 Nov
 

European Commission

European Commission presents new proposal following the non-agreement during conciliation meetings

 
26 Nov
 

European Parliament

The EP Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) appointed Ms Karima DELLI (FR/Greens-EFA) as rapporteur for its own-initiative report on "Sustainable urban mobility"

 
26 Nov
 

European Commission

Communication on "An Investment Plan for Europe" (COM (2014) 903 final)

 
25 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Conference of the Eur. Association of Social Housing, Rakvere, Estonia

 
25 Nov
 

European Parliament

The EP TRAN Committee appointed Mr Dieter-Lebrecht KOCH (DE/EPP) as rapporteur for its own-initiative report on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe"

 
25 Nov
 

Council

The Council (EYCS) adopted conclusions on participatory governance of cultural heritage.Policy debate on the contribution of cultural and creative sectors, including cultural heritage, to the Europe 2020 objectives, in the context of the mid-term review of the strategy.

 
24 Nov
 

Council

The Council (EYCS) adopted conclusions on participatory governance of cultural heritage.Policy debate on the contribution of cultural and creative sectors, including cultural heritage, to the Europe 2020 objectives, in the context of the mid-term review of the strategy.

 
24 Nov
 

Council

The Council (EYCS) adopted conclusions on participatory governance of cultural heritage.Policy debate on the contribution of cultural and creative sectors, including cultural heritage, to the Europe 2020 objectives, in the context of the mid-term review of the strategy.

 
24 Nov
 

Council

The Council adopted conclusions on the European audiovisual policy in the digital era.

 
24 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Ms Tietari takes part in the 10th meeting of the EEA-EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities and presents her draft opinion.

 
23 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Ms Tietari takes part in the 10th meeting of the EEA-EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities and presents her draft opinion.

 
23 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Ms Tietari takes part in the 10th meeting of the EEA-EFTA Forum of Local and Regional Authorities and presents her draft opinion.

 
23 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participating at the Health Inequalities Conference. Rapporteur was keynote speaker in session II. Commissioner Borg, WHO Europe Director Jakab, Sir Michael Marmot and the Greek Presidency open the event.

 
22 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption by the EDUC Commission (majority)

 
20 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption by the EDUC Commission (majority)

 
20 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption by the EDUC Commission (majority)

 
20 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption at EDUC commission meeting

 
20 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption at EDUC commission meeting

 
20 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR press release commenting on the agreement reached by European Parliament and Council in Trilogue

 
20 Nov
 

European Commission

Publication of the thematic reports of the European Inventory on validation, including the one on MLG

 
19 Nov
 

CoR Commission activityEurochambres

Joint CoR-Eurochambres Conference on "Forecasting and delivering skills at regional level"

 
19 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Keynote speech of Adam BANASZAK at the conference "Blue Economy and Geo-informational services for sustainable growth in Coastal Regions", organised by the Region of Puglia, the Italian presidency of the Council, EURISY and CRPM.

 
19 Nov
 

European Commission

Commissioner Christos Stylianides remarks at the conclusion of a field exercise in disaster preparedness:There is no question that preparedness is the key in order to prevent disasters and minimize the impact of catastrophes. Our era is characterized by frequent, intense and complex disasters. From the floods in European countries, to the Ebola offense to terrorist attacks.

 
19 Nov
 

European Parliament

Workshop: Making European Films & Television, hosted by Bogdan Wenta MEP and Jean-Marie Cavada MEP

 
17 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation of the Draft Opinion at the Contact group CoR/Congress of Council of Europe meeting

 
17 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation of the Draft Opinion at the Contact group CoR/Congress of Council of Europe meeting

 
17 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation of the Draft Opinion at the Contact group CoR/Congress of Council of Europe meeting

 
17 Nov
 

European Parliament

Conciliation procedure between the EP and the Council ends without agreement. European Commission to present new proposal.

 
17 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of Mr. Spacca in the EUSAIR Kick-off event in Brussels organised by Italian presidency in cooperation with EC, Adriatic Ionian Initiative Marche Region as presidency of the CoR Adriatic Ionian Interregional group.

 
17 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Rapporteur took part in a topical debate on the protection of the rule of law at the joint meeting of the CIVEX commission and the Congress' Governance Committee

 
16 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Debate on the draft opinion in the CoR CIVEX commission meeting

 
16 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur takes part, together with CoR President Michel Lebrun, in a public debate with citizens "L'Europe en Wallonie" in Namur

 
16 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur takes part, together with CoR President Michel Lebrun, in a public debate with citizens "L'Europe en Wallonie" in Namur

 
16 Nov
 

European Commission

European Commission launches call for proposals: "EU tourism for senior and young travellers"

 
16 Nov
 

Council

Council conclusions on aquaculture

 
13 Nov
 

Council

Council conclusions on aquaculture

 
13 Nov
 

European Parliament

ThinkForest seminar on Forets and the Bioeconomy: future steps organized by the European high-level forum on the future of forests, ThinkForest.The European forest-based sector is undergoing more significant structural changes than for decades, and the next 20 years are likely to change the sector even more. Many of these changes originate outside the sector itself: the need to move societies towards a more resource-efficient bioeconomy, the new economic role of Europe in a globalised world, and the impact of new technologies. Against this background, ThinkForest discusses 'Forests and the bioeconomy: Future steps'.

 
12 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participates in a debate on the Commission's annual progress report on Albania at the meeting of the WG Western Balkans in Durres (Albania)

 
10 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Countering the climate challenge in European Regions with Organic farmingThe public seminar gave the floor to both leading scientists in the field of agriculture and climate change as well as to representatives of the EU institutions. They approached the theme of the event ‘Countering the climate challenge in European rural regions’ from their respective angels and try to join forces. Target audience were representatives of the European Parliament and Commission as well as from civil society groups.

 
10 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Countering the climate challenge in European Regions with Organic farmingThe public seminar gave the floor to both leading scientists in the field of agriculture and climate change as well as to representatives of the EU institutions. They approached the theme of the event ‘Countering the climate challenge in European rural regions’ from their respective angels and try to join forces. Target audience were representatives of the European Parliament and Commission as well as from civil society groups.

 
10 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Speaker at the 12th session of the FREREF University of Regions and Territories in Istanbul

 
10 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the rapporteur to the Working Group on the Western Balkans in Durres (Albania)

 
10 Nov
 

European Presidency

Rapporteur participates in the Fundamental Rights Conference (focus on migration), organised by Fundamental Rights Agency in collaboration with the Italian Presidency in Rome (IT)

 
09 Nov
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Opportunity for the rapporteur to take into account the positions of different stakeholders on the issues covered by his opinion

 
09 Nov
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Opportunity for the rapporteur to take into account the positions of different stakeholders on the issues covered by his opinion

 
09 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
09 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
09 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR publishes a leaflet summarising the opinion.

 
06 Nov
 

Related Activities

Presentation of a EP study "The long-term economic andecological impact of large-scale sustainable aquaculture"

 
04 Nov
 

Related Activities

Presentation of a EP study "The long-term economic andecological impact of large-scale sustainable aquaculture"

 
04 Nov
 

European Parliament

Exchange of views on the own-initiative report "Prospects for the EU dairy sector - Review of the implementation of the Dairy package".

 
04 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Working meeting of the rapporteur with a representative of UEAPME, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, to discuss the Green Action Plan for SMEs.

 
04 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Working meeting of the rapporteur with a representative of UEAPME, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, to discuss the Green Action Plan for SMEs.

 
04 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Working meeting of the rapporteur with a representative of UEAPME, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, to discuss the Green Action Plan for SMEs.

 
04 Nov
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Targeted consultation aimed at understanding the different positions on the issues covered by the opinion

 
04 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
04 Nov
 

European Parliament

The EP Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) decides to draw up an own-initiative report on urban mobility.

 
04 Nov
 

European Parliament

Hearing on "A new EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest-based sector"

 
04 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Ms Gâju and her expert attend the newly created ACR+ Circular Economy Working Group, aimed at elaborating guidelines for improved planning and practical implementation of circular economy at local and regional level.

 
03 Nov
 

European Parliament

The EP Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) decided to draw up an own-initiative report on ticketing systems for transport.

 
03 Nov
 

Rapporteur's activities

Leaflet to be published after adoption of the opinion in the June Plenary

 
29 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
27 Oct
 

Council

The Environment Council adopted conclusions on the preparations for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20), which will take place from 1 to 12 December 2014 in Lima, Peru. "The conclusions adopted by the Council build on the agreement reached in Brussels last week by EU leaders. Both pave the way for Europe to take a leading role on climate challenges with a view to the Lima Conference in December and the Paris Conference in 2015. Our goal is a fair and ambitious global agreement, which would make all countries of the world responsible for a crucial issue for the future of the planet, setting out a model of socially and environmentally sustainable development," said the president of the Council, Italian Minister for the Environment Gian Luca Galletti.

 
27 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur speaks at the meeting of the JCC Montenegro in the city of Kotor (Montenegro)

 
26 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion is adopted at the BUDG commission meeting

 
26 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion is adopted at the BUDG commission meeting

 
26 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Ms Huddart replaced he rapporteur at the FEANTSA's annual policy conference "Confronting homelessness in the EU:Seeking out the next generation of best practices" taking place in Bergamo, Italy

 
23 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Meeting and discussion of the follow-up of the opinion with DG CNECT:Organizing spring workshops together with DG CNECT and other related DGs to showcase regions best practices and how to link with RIS3 to use the structural funds for development of start-ups ecosystems. Possibly adjacent to an EDUC meeting.Inviting CoR members. In particular also innovation builders (those that show their commitment to build the start-up ecosystem). Possible involvement in S3 platform by IPTS in Seville.Possible Open Days workshop (tbd).

 
23 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Stakeholder consultation

 
22 Oct
 

Council

Decision taken during the European Council 23-24th October.Binding EU target of 40% domestic reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to be delivered collectively by the EU;ETS: MS with GDP/capita under 60%, can give free allowances to the energy sector till 2030 but after 2020 no more than 40% of the allowances under 2.9Binding EU target of 27% for the share of renewable energy inn 2030Indicative EU target of 27% for improving energy efficiency in 2030 with a review in 2020 (EU target level of 30%)

 
22 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER commission has appointed the rapporteur

 
21 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER commission discussed and adopted the opinion during the commission meeting.

 
21 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER commission unanimously adopted its opinion on "Multimodal Travel Information, Planning and Ticketing Services"

 
21 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER commission adopted its opinion on "An Alpine macro-regional strategy for the European Union"

 
21 Oct
 

European Commission

Meeting of the Expert Group on Social Determinants and Health Inequalities in Luxembourg

 
21 Oct
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Targeted consultation aimed at understanding the different positions on the issues covered by the opinion

 
20 Oct
 

European Presidency

Rome Conference on Health inequalities and vulnerability:Capacity Building andinterventions among EU Member States

 
19 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR ENVE Commission conference "Local and regional strategies on climate change and their contribution to an improved air quality" , Bologna

 
16 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting Commission representative, Mr Walter Zampieri, Head of Unit 'Culture Policy and Intercultural Dialogue', DG EAC

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting Commission representative, Mr Walter Zampieri, Head of Unit 'Culture Policy and Intercultural Dialogue', DG EAC

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting Commission representative, Mr Walter Zampieri, Head of Unit 'Culture Policy and Intercultural Dialogue', DG EAC

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation and discussion between the rapporteur and the members of the CoR ENVE commission on 16 October 2014.

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation and discussion between the rapporteur and the members of the CoR ENVE commission on 16 October 2014.

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Presentation and discussion between the rapporteur and the members of the CoR ENVE commission on 16 October 2014.

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Exchange of views in the CoR ENVE Commission

 
15 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The ENVE commission holds panel debate during its meeting in Bologna (Italy).

 
15 Oct
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Rapporteur discusses the opinion with communicators and policy experts from the regions,towns, territorial associations and other stakeholders

 
15 Oct
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Rapporteur discusses the opinion with communicators and policy experts from the regions,towns, territorial associations and other stakeholders

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the rapporteur Mr Markku MARKKULA (FI/EPP) in the Fifth Annual Economic Ideas Forum (EIF) in Bratislava.

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of Mr Verkerk as speaker in an event on “European cities of the future: towards a new urban agenda”, organised by the Barcelona Provincial Council in Brussels

 
15 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur exchanges views on the future opinion with representatives of the Unit for Immigration and Integration and the Unit for Asylum and relations with EASO of DG Home and with IOM (International Organisation for Migration)

 
14 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur participates in a panel discussion on "Rethinking EU communication" opening the 5th edition of the EuroPCom conference, together with Ms Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mr Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary for Europeanpolicies, Ms Jane Morrice, Vice-President of the EuropeanEconomic and Social Committee

 
14 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur participates in a panel discussion on "Rethinking EU communication" opening the 5th edition of the EuroPCom conference, together with Ms Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mr Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary for Europeanpolicies, Ms Jane Morrice, Vice-President of the EuropeanEconomic and Social Committee

 
14 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Follow-up letters and emails on the CoR adoption are sent to all EU institutions and stakeholders

 
14 Oct
 

European Parliament

SOLIDAR Conference - Achieving validation of learning outcomes, hosted by MEP Julie Ward (S&D, UK).

 
13 Oct
 

Council

Promotion measures for agricultural products adopted by the CouncilPress release

 
12 Oct
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Opportunity for the rapporteur to take into account the positions of different stakeholders on the issues covered by his opinion

 
09 Oct
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Opportunity for the rapporteur to take into account the positions of different stakeholders on the issues covered by his opinion

 
09 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

World Summit of Regions for Climate. The Chair of the ENVE Commission, Maria-Luisa Coppola, will attend the Summit and meet regional leaders to discuss how to encourage more ambition on climate

 
09 Oct
 

Council

Justice and Home Affairs Council adopts its conclusions on''Taking action to better manage migratory flows''

 
08 Oct
 

Open Days

Open Days workshop "Towards a European Strategy for the Alpine Region - harmonizing regional, national and European agenda"

 
08 Oct
 

Open Days

Open Days: Climate Alliance event "Ensuring a competitive Europe with low-carbon economy: vision of local and regional governments".

 
08 Oct
 

Council

3335th TTE Council meeting: The Council adopted a general approach on a draft regulation on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports.

 
08 Oct
 

European Commission

Publication of the Commission's communication on "Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2014-15"

 
07 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, at the 108th Committee of Regions plenary session, with the participation of EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht

 
07 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, at the 108th Committee of Regions plenary session, with the participation of EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met the European Parliament rapporteur, Mr Pirinski (S&D)

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met the European Parliament shadow rapporteur, Ms Toom (ALDE)

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met the European Parliament rapporteur, Mr Pirinski (S&D)

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met the European Parliament shadow rapporteur, Ms Toom (ALDE)

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met the European Parliament rapporteur, Mr Pirinski (S&D)

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met the European Parliament shadow rapporteur, Ms Toom (ALDE)

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Open days : promoting and protecting European Specialities

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Open days : promoting and protecting European Specialities

 
07 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The CoR adopts its opinion "Mobility in demographically and geographically challenged regions" at its Plenary session

 
07 Oct
 

Council

Policy debate on the governance pillar takes place at TTE Council.

 
07 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with a delegation of eight Turkish mayors in the marge of Open Days

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur met with the European Commission

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Rapporteur addresses a call to the Italian Secretary of State for EU affairs, Mr Gozi, for a genuine EU solidarity in the area of immigration policy

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur meets with Mr Deffaa, Directeur general of DG REGIO

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur meets with Mr Deffaa, Directeur general of DG REGIO

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adopted in the COR Plenary Session

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adopted in the COR Plenary Session

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adopted in the COR Plenary Session

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption during the COR Plenary session

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Adoption during the COR Plenary session

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr Hausling, EP rapporteur

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr Onofre, DG AGRI, head of unit in charge

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr Hausling, EP rapporteur

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Mr Onofre, DG AGRI, head of unit in charge

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The opinion, presented to the Plenary, attracted a lot of attention from the Members and the press community and was adopted almost unanimously. The rapporteur stressed that what was urgently needed is a far more coherent and ambitious tourism strategy between local, national and EU governments. The EU should focus its efforts to encourage those coastal regions whose economies rely so heavily on tourism to exploit their unique local and regional services and products, whilst protecting the environment. It is important to improve regional cooperation so as to share knowledge on tourism. The Committee raised serious concerns about the poor connections and transport infrastructure for some coastal regions which is restricting the flow of tourists and subsequently holding back growth. It calls for sufficient funds from the EU budget 2014-2020 to be made available to support tourism in coastal regions and enhance their sustainable infrastructure.

 
06 Oct
 

Open Days

ECR group workshop on the "Mobility in demographically and geographically challenged regions". More than 70 persons attended.DG MOVE representative recognized that the call for a Green Paper is positive as a frame to the discussion on the topic should be provided.

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

The Plenary Session adopted the opinion with unanimity.The rapporteur calls for these schemes to allow for the possibility of prioritising support for local production and short marketing chains and urges that priority also be given to organic food products.

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Plenary Session

Final opinion adopted during Plenary session

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR will publish a leaflet summarising the opinion

 
06 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The CoR Plenary session adopts the final opinion

 
06 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

At the invitation of the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre, Cllr Siggs spoke at their event on managing a crisis following European standards. He reflected on what constitutes a crisis and how to build knowledge base to promote the culture of resilience and strong leadership at the local and regional level.

 
05 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion has been adopted during the October plenary session of the CoR

 
05 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur invited to speak on her Opinion at the EESC event: towards a new climate agreement in 2015 - Public debate on the global negotiations, the EU position and civil society messages for theUNFCCC COP 20 in Lima. Awaiting reply.

 
04 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The NAT commission appointed Mr René Souchon as rapporteur for the opinion on the Future of the dairy sector.

 
02 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The opinion has been adopted by the NAT commission.

 
02 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

The NAT commission adopted the draft opinion presented by Mr Banaszak.

 
02 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Opinion has been adopted by the NAT commission

 
02 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Opinion has been adopted by the NAT commission

 
02 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the NAT commission

 
02 Oct
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion by the NAT commission

 
02 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur published an article about "Reconnecting Europe with the citizens" in the French daily Ouest France

 
01 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur published an article about "Reconnecting Europe with the citizens" in the French daily Ouest France

 
01 Oct
 

European Commission

DG SANCO director at the European Health Forum Gastein: “The EU does care about the performance of our health systems, because the health system is at the heart of the European social model”

 
30 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Publication of the leaflet outlining key messages of the CoR opinion

 
30 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Publication of opinion brochure

 
30 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of Mr Verkerk as speaker in the conference "Developing an EU Urban Agenda" in Rome

 
30 Sep
 

European Parliament

The Commissioner-designate Vitalis Andriukaitis pledges in front of the Parliament: "I will support efforts to make health systems more efficient and innovative; so that they can provide equitable healthcare to all citizens, while remaining financially sustainable".

 
29 Sep
 

European Parliament

Commissioner-designate for Health, Vitalis Andriukaitis, pledges in front of the Parliament: "I will work tirelessly with the Member States to improve patients' access to innovative technologies, business predictability and cost-effectiveness and to ensure that (it) translates into citizens' better access to quality care"

 
29 Sep
 

European Parliament

Commissioner-designate for Health, Vitalis Andriukaitis, pledges in front of the Parliament: "I will work tirelessly with the Member States to improve patients' access to innovative technologies, business predictability and cost-effectiveness and to ensure that (it) translates into citizens' better access to quality care"

 
29 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur meets with European Commission and the Italian Presidency to discuss the EU priorities at COP 12 CBD.

 
29 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Speaker at Science-Policy-Stakeholders-Society High-level Conference "Nature-based solutions", European Parliament, BrusselsDissemination of CoR brochure

 
29 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of article on CoR activities in the CBD/ICLEI newsletter for the COP 12 Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments

 
29 Sep
 

European Parliament

The Commissioner-designate Vitalis Andriukaitis pledges in front of the Parliament: "I will seek to ensure that every initiative on health contributes to bridging the wide inequalities in health that persist in Europe."

 
29 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of CoR leaflet

 
29 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
29 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Mr Alin Nica participated as a moderator for the thematic workshop Theme 3: The role of VET for innovation clusters

 
28 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur elected new CPMR PresidentPresident Vasco Alves Cordeiro was elected by the CPMR Members to take over as the new President of the organisation.

 
26 Sep
 

Council

At an informal lunch, ministers for industry and the internal market exchanged ideas on thepossibility of introducing, in future, a set of harmonised rules for the protection of geographicalindications for non-agricultural products. Mr Michel Barnier, vice-president of the Commission andMr Michel Lebrun, president of the Committee of the Regions, attended the luncheon meeting.The contributions to the debate feed into the Commission's consultations on the meritsof extending EU-level geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products.

 
25 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of CoR brochure, which combines key messages of the CoR opinion with key elements and best practice cases of the study.

 
25 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Speaker at conference "European protected areas: Why do they matter in the global context? - The EU contribution to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014", hosted by the CoR, Brussels

 
25 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

György Gémesi (HU/EPP) was appointed Rapporteur

 
24 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

György Gémesi (HU/EPP) was appointed Rapporteur

 
24 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

György Gémesi (HU/EPP) was appointed Rapporteur

 
24 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Mrs Odeta Žerlauskienė (LT/ALDE) was appointed Rapporteur

 
24 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Mrs Odeta Žerlauskienė (LT/ALDE) was appointed Rapporteur

 
24 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption of the draft opinion during EDUC commission meeting (majority)

 
24 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion during EDUC commission meeting

 
24 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

First discussion and adoption of the draft Opinion at EDUC commission meeting (unanimity)

 
24 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption at EDUC commission meeting

 
24 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation in the conference on "Aligning regional investment to digital enablers of future growth" co-organised by the DG CONECT, the EESC and the CoR in Brussels.

 
23 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the rapporteur Mr Markku MARKKULA (FI/EPP) in the conference 'Aligning Regional Investment to Digital Enablers of Future Growth' organised by DG CNECT, EESC and CoR.

 
23 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the rapporteur in the conference on "Aligning regional investment to digital enablers of future growth" co-organised by the DG CNECT, the EESC and the CoR in Brussels.

 
23 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the rapporteur in the conference on "Aligning regional investment to digital enablers of future growth" co-organised by the DG CNECT, the EESC and the CoR in Brussels.

 
23 Sep
 

European Commission

Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, speech about engaging with vulnerable countries through better adaptation and resilience action

 
22 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

CIVEX commission appoints Prof. Franz Schausberger (AT/EPP) as a rapporteur for the opinion on the "Enlargement strategy and main challenges 2014-2015"

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

CIVEX commission appoints Ms Barbara Duden (DE/PES) as a rapporteur for the opinion on "Local and regional support for Fair Trade in Europe"

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

CIVEX commission President proposes to appoint Mr Francois Decoster (FR/ALDE) as a general rapporteur for the opinion on "The efforts to promote genuine solidarity on a real European migration policy"

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Draft opinion is adopted at the CIVEX commission meeting

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Draft opinion is adopted at the CIVEX commission meeting

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

CIVEX commission appoints J.F.M. (Hans) Janssen (NL/EPP) as a rapporteur for the own-initiative opinion on " A decent life for all: from vision to collective action"

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The draft opinion was adopted in the CIVEX commission meeting

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The draft opinion was adopted in the CIVEX commission meeting

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The draft opinion was adopted in the CIVEX commission meeting

 
21 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Revision of the Organic Farming legislation – which framework is needed for the organic sector?

 
21 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Revision of the Organic Farming legislation – which framework is needed for the organic sector?

 
21 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR draft opinion transferred to EP rapporteur Girling

 
21 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur outlines the key elements of the draft report at the invitation of Michel Vauzelle, SUDEV co-chair and President of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur Regional Council (France). On 19 September, members of the Commission for Sustainable Development (SUDEV) of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) met in Marseille to debate the recent developments linked to the Euro-Mediterranean strategy on environment and climate change as well as sustainable waste management at the local and regional level.

 
18 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The NAT commission conference on"The role of research and innovation in the bio-economy as a lever for increasing youth employment in the agriculture and forestry sector: success stories and future prospects"

 
18 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation as a speaker to the COTER seminar on "Interconnecting Europe's Regions" held in Iasi (Romania)

 
17 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The ECOS Commission nominated Ms. Marialuisa COPPOLA (IT/EEP) as rapporteur

 
15 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views in the ECOS Commission.Statements by two representatives of the European Commission.

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views in the ECOS Commission.Statements by two representatives of the European Commission.

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views in the ECOS Commission.Statements by two representatives of the European Commission.

 
14 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of the rapporteur with Mr Fabrizio ColaceciCulture, Education, Vocational Training and Youth, European Schools, Sport CoordinatorItalian Permanent Representation

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

First exchange of views in ECOS Commission

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

First exchange of views in ECOS Commission

 
14 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation at the final conference of the "Move on Green" project

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the draft opinion by ECOS Commission

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The draft opinion was adopted in the ECOS Commission meeting

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

The draft opinion was adopted in the ECOS Commission meeting

 
14 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

Mr. Markus TÖNS (DE/PES) was appointed rapporteur for the opinion "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)"

 
11 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

Mr. Markus TÖNS (DE/PES) was appointed rapporteur for the opinion "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)"

 
11 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participates in a joint meeting of the PES group in the CoR and the S&D group in the European Parliament on: "Call for change": Bringing in progressive cities and regions. The rapporteur was on the panel in a discussion on "Can the stability and Growth Pact stimulate public investment?" She notably discussed issues from the opinion with participants and Mr Gualtieri, chair of the EP ECON committee, who was also part of the panel.

 
09 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur participates in a joint meeting of the PES group in the CoR and the S&D group in the European Parliament on: "Call for change": Bringing in progressive cities and regions. The rapporteur was on the panel in a discussion on "Can the stability and Growth Pact stimulate public investment?" She notably discussed issues from the opinion with participants and Mr Gualtieri, chair of the EP ECON committee, who was also part of the panel.

 
09 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with EP president Schulz

 
08 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The CoR organises a Territorial Impact Assessment Workshop (TIA). The purpose of this exercise is to assess the potential territorial impacts of EU initiatives using Quick Scan methodology

 
08 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Cllr Siggs attended the Southern England Local Partners’ EuropeanCongress 2014 held in conjunction with the University of Portsmouth’s Jean MonnetCentre of European Excellence, where he discussed how EU policies and funding can be used to optimise our adaptation to climate change and its disastrous consequences. He spoke about managing risks to achieve resilience through preparedness, response coordination and communications and recovery.

 
08 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with EESC president Malosse

 
07 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with Commissioner Johannes Hahn

 
07 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with REGI Chair Mihaylova

 
07 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation in the Sixth Cohesion Forum

 
07 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Azores awarded 'Platinum Quality Coast'; the Rapporteur receives the newly created prize on behalf of the RegionAzores are the only destination awarded the Platinum Quality Coast. The region's outstanding performance across the set of sustainability indicators (nature, environment, local culture and identity, tourism and business), led the jury of the Award to create a new classification, ranking above 'Gold'. Azores are recognised as the most sustainable and desirable European coastal destination.

 
05 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Members of the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) Commission on Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) participated in a study-visit to the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen on 3 September. The rapporteur participated in the visit taking the opportunity of visiting the environment city projects of Copenhagen, winner of the 2014 European Green Capital Award.

 
02 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

Members of the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) Commission on Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) participated in a study-visit to the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen on 3 September. The rapporteur participated in the visit taking the opportunity of visiting the environment city projects of Copenhagen, winner of the 2014 European Green Capital Award.

 
02 Sep
 

Rapporteur's activities

The rapporteur met with Ms Gardiazabal Rubial (ES/S&D), European Parliament rapporteur on the draft EU Budget 2015, and with Nils Torvald (FI/ALDE), ALDE shadow rapporteur on the dossier, to present the CoR opinion and to discuss relevant issues.

 
01 Sep
 

CoR Commission activity

Reference to CoR work included in CBD/ICLEI newsletters for COP 12 CBD

 
31 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

PLANNEDMeeting of rapporteur with Italian Presidency (PermReP)Opportunity for the rapporteur to comment on EP 1st reading and confer message of CoR opinion Council

 
31 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the European Commission's DG SANCO officials from the Healthcare Systems Unit

 
28 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU (Italian Presidency Team)The Rapporteur used this opportunity to discuss with the Presidency team how do the health care systems both influence and are dependent on the economic coordination and explored the feasibility (and desirability) of any future legislation in the field. Questions were also raised regarding the interaction between the European and international data (as collated and analysed by the EU, WHO and/or OECD) and what could be made to avoid inefficiency, incoherence and unnecessary doubling of efforts.

 
28 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

First exchange of views of the rapporteur with the European Commission

 
25 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

An article entitled "Why we need European state aid to support the energy market" by the rapporteur was published in the Guardian.

 
14 Aug
 

Rapporteur's activities

An article entitled "Why we need European state aid to support the energy market" by the rapporteur was published in the Guardian.

 
14 Aug
 

CoR Commission activity

CoR Leaflet summarizing the main points of the opinion.

 
31 Jul
 

European Commission

The Council and the Parliament adopt the new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive. The Directive will facilitate the development of coastal and maritime tourism, which currently faces increasing competition for space and limited ecosystem resources.

 
22 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the COM proposal (COM(2014) 477 final) Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe

 
21 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the COM proposal (COM(2014) 477 final) Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe

 
21 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the COM proposal (COM(2014) 477 final) Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe

 
21 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

CoR's rapporteur Mr Adam Banaszak met the team of European Commission's DG MARE responsible for the elaboration of the blue growth agenda. They presented their vision of how the Innovation in the Blue economy should be supported in future as well as the results achieved so far. Major points of the future opinion were discussed.

 
21 Jul
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

 
 

Stakeholder meeting with the participation of European regions and representatives of the industry. Stakeholders' point of view substantially contributes to a better understanding of possible and existing problems that need to be addressed on policy level. One of the more broadly discussed questions during the consultation was the use of satellite imaging data for the needs of local and regional authorities and the lack of technical capacity on local and regional level to use satellite data that is already freely available.

 
21 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur drafts an article with the title "Italian Presidency could see drive away from austerity" which outlines key issues to be addressed by the opinion in "The Parliament Magazine".

 
20 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Rapporteur drafts an article with the title "Italian Presidency could see drive away from austerity" which outlines key issues to be addressed by the opinion in "The Parliament Magazine".

 
20 Jul
 

European Commission

Publication of a communication on the EU urban agenda; launch of a public consultation until 26/09/2014http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/activity/urban/index_en.cfmhttp://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/consultation/urb_agenda/pdf/comm_act_urb_agenda_en.pdf

 
17 Jul
 

European Parliament

The Parliament reappointed Mr Fleckenstein as rapporteur for the dossier

 
16 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

Ms Catiuscia Marini is appointed a rapporteur for the opinion

 
15 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

Ms Catiuscia Marini is appointed a rapporteur for the opinion

 
15 Jul
 

Council

During the informal council meeting in Milan (Italy) the recent E.C. proposals Recycling/Green jobs were discussed.

 
15 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Collecting input for the opinion - meeting with Mr Gregory Paulger, General Director for Communication, European Commission

 
15 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Collecting input for the opinion - meeting with Mr Gregory Paulger, General Director for Communication, European Commission

 
15 Jul
 

European Commission

European Commission published COM(2014) 469 final

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The ECOS commission appointed Mrs Satu Tietari (FI/ALDE) as Rapporteur for the opinion on a "Green Action Plan for SMEs and a Green Employment Initiative"

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The ECOS commission appointed Mrs Satu Tietari (FI/ALDE) as Rapporteur for the opinion on a "Green Action Plan for SMEs and a Green Employment Initiative"

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The ECOS commission appointed Mrs Satu Tietari (FI/ALDE) as Rapporteur for the opinion on a "Green Action Plan for SMEs and a Green Employment Initiative"

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Collecting input for the opinion - meeting with Mr Reijo Kemppinen, General Director for Communication, Council of the EU

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Collecting input for the opinion - meeting with Mr Reijo Kemppinen, General Director for Communication, Council of the EU

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECOS commission appointed Mr Mauro D'Attis (IT/EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion "EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020"

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

The ECOS commission appointed Mr Mauro D'Attis (IT/EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion "EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020"

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

ECOS Commission adopted the draft opinion

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of the rapporteur with a representative of the European Commission

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

ECOS Commission adopted the draft opinion

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of the rapporteur with a representative of the European Commission

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

ECOS Commission adopted the draft opinion

 
14 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting of the rapporteur with a representative of the European Commission

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
14 Jul
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

The rapporteur Mr Jean-François ISTASSE (BE/PSE), Councillor of the Verviers Town Council, meet with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topic of this opinion.Several participants took the floor and shared their ideas with the rapporteur. Main issues raised:- need for supporting measures (production and distribution of art works), including for development at local and regional level;- same treatment for analogue and digital audio visual;- education (of audiences);- professionalization;- data collection and transparency;- subtitles;- IPRs.

 
13 Jul
 

EP: Plenary session

Vote in EP Plenary Session

 
13 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

EUSAIR conference in Fabriano, Italy. 150 participants.

 
10 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

The COTER commission has appointed Mr Nicola Zingaretti as rapporteur for the opinion "Sixth report on economic, social and territorial cohesion: investment for jobs and growth"

 
09 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER Commission nominated Mr Petr Osvald as rapporteur for the opinion.

 
09 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

First exchange of views in COTER commission

 
09 Jul
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholders consultation

 
09 Jul
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholders consultation

 
09 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

COTER commission adopts the draft opinion on "Mobility in demographically and geographically challenged regions"

 
09 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Collecting input for the opinion - meeting with Ms Juana Lahousse – General Director for Communication, European Parliament

 
08 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Collecting input for the opinion - meeting with Ms Juana Lahousse – General Director for Communication, European Parliament

 
08 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
07 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

Publication of the opinion brochure

 
07 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Nomination of rapporteur, by written procedure

 
06 Jul
 

Rapporteur's activities

Participation of the rapporteur in the conference organised by the CoR in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on "Dialogue on Localizing the Post-2015 Development Agenda"

 
06 Jul
 

European Commission

Deadline to submit contributions to EU consultation on mHealth Green Paper

 
02 Jul
 

European Commission

Deadline to submit contributions to EU consultation on mHealth Green Paper

 
02 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the Communication on a Green Action Plan for SMEs (COM(2014)440 final)

 
01 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the Communication: "Green Employment Initiative" proposal (COM(2014)446 final)

 
01 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the Communication on a Green Action Plan for SMEs (COM(2014)440 final)

 
01 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the Communication: "Green Employment Initiative" proposal (COM(2014)446 final)

 
01 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the Communication on a Green Action Plan for SMEs (COM(2014)440 final)

 
01 Jul
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the Communication: "Green Employment Initiative" proposal (COM(2014)446 final)

 
01 Jul
 

CoR Commission activity

 
 

CIVEX commission appoints Mr Luc Van den Brande (BE /EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion on " Local and regional authorities in the multilevel protection of the rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU"

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Consultation on mHealth, Visby, Sweden

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Consultation on mHealth, Visby, Sweden

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with DG EnergyExpected discussion, based on the consumer perspective, of relevant aspects of the opinion in the context of the future EC Communication on Retail energy markets

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Publication of opinion brochure

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Publication of opinion brochure

 
30 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

Publication of opinion brochure

 
30 Jun
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

The rapporteur met with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views

 
29 Jun
 

CoR Stakeholder Consultation

The rapporteur met with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views

 
29 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

3rd High Level Steering Board Meeting of the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability to promote recommendation put forward by the rapporteur.

 
29 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

3rd High Level Steering Board Meeting of the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability to promote recommendation put forward by the rapporteur.

 
29 Jun
 

Council

European Council meeting: Association Agreements with Georgia and with the Republic of Moldova have been signed and the signature process with Ukraine completed, each providing for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area

 
26 Jun
 

Council

European Council meeting: Association Agreements with Georgia and with the Republic of Moldova have been signed and the signature process with Ukraine completed, each providing for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area

 
26 Jun
 

Council

European Council meeting: Association Agreements with Georgia and with the Republic of Moldova have been signed and the signature process with Ukraine completed, each providing for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area

 
26 Jun
 

Council

European Council adopts Strategic guidelines for legislative and operational planning in the area of freedom, security and justice

 
26 Jun
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the COM proposal COM (2014) 367 final on the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a programme on interoperability solutions for European publicadministrations, businesses and citizens (ISA2). Interoperability as a means for modernising the public sector

 
25 Jun
 

European Commission

The European Commission adopted the COM proposal COM (2014) 367 final on the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a programme on interoperability solutions for European publicadministrations, businesses and citizens (ISA2). Interoperability as a means for modernising the public sector

 
25 Jun
 

Rapporteur's activities

First exchange of views of the rapporteur with the European Commission

 
25 Jun
 

CoR Commission activity

Adoption of the opinion at the Plenary Session

 
25 Jun
 

Council

Council