On 30 March the Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) will set out the local and regional point of view on health in cities, the European policy on blue growth, the future of CAP after 2020, the International ocean governance and a European policy on the seismic requalification of buildings and infrastructure. The following is a summary of the different topics that will be discussed during the meeting in Brussels.
Health in cities. The NAT commission will adopt Roberto Pella's (IT/EPP) draft opinion on Health in cities: the common good , which mainly focuses on the challenges to be faced by Member States, the development of urban systems and the principle of health as a common good. It is essential to identify strategies to raise the awareness of governments, regions, cities and individuals regarding the importance of promoting health in urban settings. This opinion is in line with the Commission’s programme stating that healthcare planning is of direct relevance to local and regional authorities, as it is rooted in the local area and has an immediate impact on living conditions in a city or region.
Blue growth. Christophe Clergeau's (FR/PES) opinion on "A new stage in the European policy on blue growth" will be adopted. The CoR emphasises the role of seas and oceans in the process of giving renewed impetus to the European project. The blue economy is one with a strong regional dimension and partnerships with regions must therefore be a priority for the European Union's maritime agenda. This own-initiative opinion recognizes blue growth as a regional matter and analyses the implications maritime issues have for policies and people, jobs and training and for the regions.
Exchange of views on the future of the CAP after 2020. The working document of Guillaume CROS (FR/PES) on the "Future of the CAP after 2020" discusses the major challenges agriculture and rural areas are facing, calling for a fundamental reform of the CAP. The depopulation of many rural areas bears witness to the EU’s failure to comply with its territorial cohesion objectives and the lack of fiscal and social harmonisation within the single market creates distortions of competition in agriculture. Top-down harmonisation is therefore a priority. The opinion will propose initiatives and measures to make the CAP prosperous, fair, sustainable and based on solidarity, for the benefit of farmers, regions and members of the public.
Exchange of views on international ocean governance. Anthony Gerard Buchanan's (UK/EA) opinion on "International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans" focuses on improving the international ocean governance framework, reducing pressure on oceans and seas, creating conditions for a sustainable blue economy and strengthening international ocean research and data. The EU is a strong global player, able to set out an agenda for better ocean governance based on a cross-sectoral and rules-based international approach. Many issues related to ocean governance are inevitably local due to environmental impacts on Europe's coasts and seas, resource extraction and economic benefit for coastal areas, fishing communities and ports. European Local and Regional Authorities face by consequence policy or economic decisions, affecting environmental and climate policy elsewhere in the world oceans.
Exchange of views on seismic requalification of buildings and infrastructure. The NAT commission will discuss Vito Santarsiero's (IT/PES) draft opinion on " A European policy on the seismic requalification of buildings and infrastructure ", which focuses on guaranteeing the safety of buildings and infrastructure whilst interacting positively with European regional and cohesion policies, as well as with their urban and rural growth objectives. Member states contain a very large number of buildings and infrastructures that require significant maintenance due to their structural condition, changes in environmental conditions and the rules governing the building sector. Some countries in southern Europe have suffered devastating earthquakes and this opinion underlines the requirement for a comprehensive seismic risk prevention measures for the EU, in order to protect the safety of its citizens, conserve its historical heritage, limit spending arising from harm to people and things and maintain the conditions for territorial development and investment for growth.
The NAT commission will appoint a rapporteur for the opinion on an " Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic area - Delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" during the meeting.
The next NAT meeting will take place in Mallorca on the first of June.
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