19-25 June 2017

European Commission, Charlemagne Building

170 Rue de la Loi -1000, Brussels


EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is held annually by the European Commission and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to discuss clean, secure and efficient energy. This year’s focus was on how to create a clean energy Europe, and how to implement a true Energy Union.

Commissioner Arias Cañete opened the event on Tuesday, 20 June and discussed the latest developments regarding the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, as well as how Europe will shape a sustainable, energy-secure and climate-resilient growth.



EUSEW Policy Conference: looking to the future of sustainable energy

EUSEW Policy Conference took place on 20-22 June. The conference was a chance to debate sustainable energy policy issues and showcase new ideas. It ranged from high-level discussion of EU energy policy, including the Energy Union strategy and the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package published in November 2016, to presentations of specific initiatives to help members of the public to manage their own energy usage.

Other panels focused on topics that include an ongoing Smart Cities and Communities project, the challenges of providing islands with clean, sustainable energy, and the EU’s renewable energy targets for 2030. The event brought together representatives of the European institutions, national and local authorities, the energy industry, NGOs and consumers.


The Sparkshow

This interactive discussion put eight sustainable energy entrepreneurs from all over Europe in the spotlight. They each had three minutes to pitch their projects and then were quizzed by a panel of five journalists.

Their projects are:

  • BETTAIR-LAMP: lamps and other products with anti-pollutant and antibacterial properties
  • Coolar: an electricity-free entirely water-based solar heat powered refrigerator to cool medicines and vaccines
  • Elemize Technologies: optimizing the behaviour of distributed electricity storage systems coupled with renewable energy plants
  • EP tender: a small trailer that enables electric vehicles to cover longer distances independently
  • GoodShipping Program: helping ocean cargo owners to reduce the carbon footprint from ship operations by adding renewables to the fuel mix
  • LIFE “Smart Fertirrigation”: an innovative approach to processing digestate from pig manure at biogas plants
  • Opinum: a secure web platform to analyse your energy consumption data
  • SolarBrush by Aerial Power: a fully automated drone-based method for cleaning solar panels.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

7-8 June 2017

Tour & Taxis

Avenue du Port 86 – 1000 Brussels



Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The European Development Days is Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development. EDD 2017 focused on promoting a new global strategy to address the most pressing current global development challenges and bringing together development actors committed to tackling poverty worldwide with a particular emphasis on engaging the private sector as a partner in economic development. Overarching objectives of the private sector engagement include the promotion of inclusive growth and the creation of decent jobs in particular for women and youth, which leads to improved living conditions.



I. Sustainable investments in developing countries by the private sector

What can be done to boost private sustainable investments in developing countries so the Sustainable Development Goals can be reached?

This panel highlighted examples of successful private businesses that were able to scale up their operations in a sustainable way using renewable energy, thanks to grants and loans from multilateral development banks.

Key points

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require massive investment, which can only be mobilised if the private sector is involved.
  • There is a current debate about opportunities and risks of blended finance.
  • Blended finance should reinforce the market and support viable businesses.
  • Sustainable investment requires an enabling business environment.

II. Digitalisation

Mainstreaming digital technologies in EU development aid to help developing economies and societies benefit from the digital revolution

Just as globalisation shows signs of becoming more of a two-way street between developed and developing nations, many politicians are gaining traction by denouncing internationalism. One strategy to encourage girls to go into STEM disciplines: replace the ‘hierarchical’ educational approach with hands-on, practical experiences where students can learn by doing.

Key points

  • Africa is leapfrogging the rest of the world on digitalisation and is primed to continue.
  • A predictable regulatory environment is essential.
  • The harmonisation policies on a regional level can help fuel the process.
  • Young people, especially girls, need to be encouraged to go into careers in technology to take advantage of future employment opportunities.

III. Investing in women entrepreneurs

Enabling women’s economic participation for sustainable growth and rural development

Key points

  • Women entrepreneurs in Africa already generate significant employment and tax revenues while also gaining personal autonomy and independence.
  • Advances to gender equality could add US$28 trillion to global GDP by 2025.
  • The challenges facing woman entrepreneurs are well documented; what is needed now is action to unleash their business potential.
  • Future success will require access to commercial-scale credit, not just microfinance, for women to grow their businesses.
  • Negative male attitudes to women’s business ideas need to change in the banking sector.


IV. The smart investment – empowering women in the economy

The transformational impact of working with the private sector to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment

Key points

  • The economic potential of increased female participation in the workforce is enormous. African women alone drive the new growth in their countries.
  • Progress on gender equality is crucial for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending hunger. An end to hunger would improve gender equality.
  • Business management skills are essential for women’s financial inclusion in developing economies.
  • The political empowerment of women cannot be separated from economic empowerment.



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

30-31 May 2017

Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace

Rue Gineste 3 – 1210 Brussels



EU Green Week is an annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe.


EU Green Week 2017 took place from 29 May to 2 June with the theme of ‘Green jobs for a greener future’. It focused on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU.



I. EU Green Jobs Summit

The EU Green Jobs Summit was opened by EU Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella. “Green jobs are a triple win. They are good for the planet, good for the economy, and good for the people who are actually doing the job,” he said.

Speakers including European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, Green MEP Jean Lambert, Vien Truong of Green for All and Vic van Vuuren from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) looked at how Europe can create policies that are good for its economy, environment and citizens.

Vice-President Dombrovskis said: “Jobs will be created, other jobs well be replaced. So it is necessary to expand education and training options for the existing workforce and those currently unemployed. Workers in sectors that are vulnerable to restructuring must have access to timely guidance and reskilling opportunities.”

He also welcomed the role of Social Partners in developing new skills, dealing with structural changes and ensuring a fair transition.

II. Commissioner Vella’s conclusions

Moving towards a greener, more circular economy will require significant investments. Investments are needed both at small and large scale. Again, it is for the private sector to act. Public funds can help leverage private finance into greener solutions. The Commission is committed to delivering its part. Several sources of EU funding are available to help Member States with the employment opportunities and challenges of the transition to a greener economy, including the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the Regional Development Fund and the LIFE Programme.


EU Green Week 2017 has engaged millions of actors from all over Europe in events and on social media and brought many insights and inputs for our further work. I hope you will join our efforts to ensure that these findings will now be taken up and turned into action for more green jobs and for a better future for us all.



Side session: LIFE 2017 call for project proposals, Part 1 – YouTube video


Side session: LIFE 2017 call for project proposals, Part 2 – YouTube video



EFMC – European Fund Management Consulting

Agnese Accapezzato

PR and Communications Manager

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