The 2nd meeting of the NAT Commission will take place
on 5th March 2020 from 11:00 to 18:00
at the European Committee of
the Regions in Brussels
room JDE 52
This first working meeting after the constitutive session last month will highlight the width of NAT policies and competencies. With its adoption and vote on the opinion on forestry, three discussions on cross-border healthcare, sustainable tourism and food policy, the meeting will also feature a special policy debate on the corona virus and its impact on local communities.
Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World's Forests
Forests have a key role in climate action given their power to absorb greenhouse gases. Forests host the majority of Earth's biodiversity. Population growth and growing demand for food leads to forests being turned into agricultural land, and to an increased focus on agricultural productivity.
This opinion discuss how to strengthen international cooperation and work with partner countries to promote action against deforestation and forest degradation, especially from agricultural production.
Cross-border health care
Around 150 million Europeans live in border regions. For many, the nearest hospital or simply medical professional is across the border. Making sure that citizens can access health services close to home as easy as possible, while providing safeguards for regional and national health systems, are key concerns of this opinion.
Accompanied by the RegHub survey (see short video on the subject), this opinion of the Committee of the Regions has been requested by the Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans.
Towards more sustainable tourism for EU cities and regions
Tourism generates jobs and wealth across the European Union. It can however also have negative impact on the environment or society, if not managed properly. This opinion looks at the positive contribution made by tourism activity: both economically but also socially and reflects how the political leadership could address the challenges and drive sustainable modernization agenda forward.
Farm to fork– the local and regional dimension
The Farm to Fork strategy for Sustainable food is a key component of the European Green Deal. European food is famous for being safe, nutritious and of high quality. It should now also become the global standard for sustainability.
This opinion highlights how local and regional authorities can tackle climate change, protect the environment and preserve biodiversity while stimulating sustainable food consumption and promoting affordable healthy food for all.
Coronavirus and its impact on local communities
Affecting growing number of Europeans,
including those who had no contacts with the Chinese province of Wuhan, the
virus remains a high concern for local and regional authorities across Europe.
Preparing contingency measures, faced with essential equipment shortages and
rising fears among the population, Mayors, councilors and regions' Presidents
are on the frontline of the fight with the diseases.
This debate, featuring DG SANTE Director for
Public health and crisis management Mr John F.RYAN and DG ECHO Director
for Emergency Management and rescEU Mr Johannes LUCHNER will offer the
opportunity to share experiences from the ground, ask questions and learn what
Europe does to prevent, protect and treat.