On 12 July after leading the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) for two-and-a-half years, Markku Markkula (FI/EPP) is expected to handover the Presidency to Karl-Heinz Lambertz (BE/PES). CoR m embers will also gather in Brussels to debate major EU policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 and the recent EU's energy "Winter Package". EU Commissioner Moedas will lead discussions on the mid-term review of the Horizon 2020 research programme and Transport Commissioner Bulc will join CoR members to discuss the future of low-emission mobility and the Connecting Europe Facility. Global action for sustainability will also be high on the agenda with ideas on how cities and regions can contribute to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. The 2018 European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award ceremony will take place on 12 July celebrating this year's three new winners.
Estonian EU Presidency sets out priorities
Matti Maasikas , Estonian Deputy Minister of European Affairs, is due to present the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the European Council - which include many priority areas for Europe's regions and cities - which began on 1 July.
Common Agricultural Policy reform after 2020
Recommendations to reform the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 have been drafted by Guillaume Cros (FR/PES) and, together with its position on EU Cohesion Policy adopted in May, the CoR will set out how the EU's two largest budget items could be re-shaped in the future. Czesław Adam Siekierski, Chair of the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, will join the debate.
Horizon 2020: future of research and innovation in Europe
In its mid-term appraisal of Horizon 2020 , the CoR will underscore the central importance of research and innovation on the long-term prospects of the European economy. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, will debate the CoR's recommendations, which have been prepared by Christophe Clergeau (FR/PES).
Transport in Europe: Launch of EU-wide clean busses initiative
EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc will discuss transport challenges with members of the CoR following the adoption of an opinion on 'European strategy for low-emission mobility', led by József Ribányi (HU/EPP). After the debate, the Commissioner for Transport will be joined by the CoRs newly appointed President to launch an EU-wide green busses platform for regions and cities which aims to deploy at least 2,000 zero-emission buses by the end of 2019. The need to curb climate change will also be part of intense discussions when the CoR debates its three opinions on the EU's energy "Winter Package": clean energy, energy efficiency, and the promotion of renewable energy.
Development: 600 local and regional leaders from across the world to gather in Brussels
The United Nations, through the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, has set objectives for every country in the world. In a CoR opinion entitled ' European action for sustainability ' Franco Iacop (IT/PES) addresses the direct and indirect challenges that the UN has set for European local and regional authorities. The European focus of his opinion will be complemented on 10-11 July by a major gathering of local and regional politicians from all across the world under the heading "Regions and Cities for Development" – "Assises de la coopération décentralisée", co-organised by the CoR and the European Commission.
As part of the effort to support cities in Libya, the CoR will also adopt recommendations on how to manage migration and save lives along the migration route through the central Mediterranean. The rapporteur is Hans Janssen (NL/EPP).
A press conference with the new CoR President is planned on 12 July, 16h
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Where: Paul Henri Spaak building – European Parliament, Hemicycle , 60 rue Wiertz, B - 1047 Brussels
When: 12 July, 3pm-9pm; 13 July, 9am-1pm
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