The 5th NAT commission meeting will take place on Monday 23 November 2020 from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 16:30 at the European Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels room JDE 52.
In light of the current Covid-19 situation, the meeting will be held by videoconference only.
The following opinions will be discussed:
Rapporteur: Guillaume CROS (FR/GREENS)
The current pandemic of COVID-19 highlights some dangers of the globalization of food systems and the urgency of strengthening the security of European food supplies inside and outside the Internal Market. The agroecological approach seems like an appropriate respond to the challenges we are currently facing, as it;
• supports restoring of natural and agricultural biodiversity;
• cuts down the carbon footprint of agriculture, safeguards or restores soil fertility;
• increases the economic resilience of developing farms, in particular short supply chains;
• ensures that regional and local authorities can contribute to and benefit from the future Farm to Fork strategy.
Experiences and lessons learned by regions and cities during the COVID-19 crisis
Rapporteur: Joke SCHAUVLIEGE (BE/EPP)
As the level of governance closest to the citizens, cities and regions have been in the front line in the response to the COVID-19 crisis, taking active measures in the diverse policy areas within their competences.
The outlook opinion takes stock of the experiences of local and regional authorities and challenges faced by them in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the recovery out of the crisis. It is an opportunity to bring forward concrete suggestions and recommendations from regions, cities and rural areas to the EU level, in order to improve the response capacities of the EU in future health crisis. Including a local/regional dimension to the national and EU-level response and recovery strategies would make these more effective by taking into account the local circumstances and different realities on the ground.
A new approach to the Atlantic maritime strategy – Atlantic action plan 2.0. An updated action plan for a sustainable, resilient and competitive blue economy in the European Union Atlantic area.
Rapporteur: Paula FERNÁNDEZ VIAÑA (ES/renew Europe)
In its first edition, the Atlantic Action Plan was able to inspire a huge number of European projects worth 6 billions of Euro in investments, working towards a safer, cleaner and more developed economically Atlantic Ocean area. An update of the Action Plan – a version 2.0 – will offer even stronger focus on the priorities under the Green Deal and the available new funding possibilities for regional projects and research. The main mechanism of the new Atlantic Action Plan are the pillars: Atlantic ports, Blue skills & ocean literacy, Marine renewable energy, Coastal resilience and healthy ocean. The Atlantic Strategy and action plan have a dedicated secretariat that can be found at https://atlanticstrategy.eu/ and uses the BlueInvest platform as an innovative way for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups to access finance via the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, European Investment Bank, Horizon Europe, National & Regional Public Private Funds, Interreg, COSME and LIFE. The CoR is a permanent member of the Atlantic Strategy Committee, being represented by the Rapporteur.