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.
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