EEAC discuss key challenges of European seas in EU Parliament
The Working Group Marine and Water affairs of the EEAC met Tuesday 14th of April in the European Parliament to discuss key challenges of for European seas and oceans. The working group session was opened by Mr. Siemers (European Commission) and included contributions by Dr. Salomon (SRU), Dr Canals (CADS) and Mr. Founier (Oceana).
Later that day EEAC members Abreu (CNADS), Canals and Queralt (EEAC Chair person) spoke during the roundtable on the bleu economy, an event organized by Claudia Monteiro de Aguiar (MEP). The round table gathered over sixty participants from Ngo’s, interest groups, political fractions, siense and governmental institutions.
The event marks the beginning of a series of debates organized by the EEAC in Brussels during 2015, on the main European challenges in sustainable development.
Who we are
The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) is a network of advisory bodies established by national or regional governments. EEAC members offer independent advice to their respective national or regional governments, proposing solutions and new understandings of the critical challenges facing our societies and the planet.
What we do
The EEAC provides an operational framework for joint activities, knowledge sharing, dialogue, informed debate and deliberation among different stakeholders and disciplines. It seeks to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and policymaking and to enrich the advice that individual advisory bodies can give to their governments by encouraging exchange of experience among members. The EEAC network also enables its members to better anticipate and prepare for forthcoming strategic issues at the European level.
Working groups (WG) are a key mechanism of collaboration in the EEAC network. The WGs bring together the views of individual advisory bodies on selected and strategic topics, such as sustainable development, energy and ecosystems.
Every year, EEAC organizes an Annual Conference, hosted by one of its members. The EEAC annual conference theme is mostly related to environment and sustainable development topics. The Annual Conferences section provides information about past conferences and about EEAC's upcoming Annual Conference.
Co-chairs: Günther Bachmann, German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Jan De Smedt, Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO)
Meeting Working Group Sustainable Development 12th of February, Brussels
The Working Group Sustainable Development had its first 2014 meeting in Brussels to discuss the progress of the SDG process. The EEAC event was organized back-to-back with the EESC European Civil Society Conference on the post-2015 Framework. The Working Group concluded its position paper on SDG’s “Meaningful goals must lead to action: meaningful for us, and the world’ which can be downloaded from this website.
Jan De Smedt (secretary general of the Belgium FRDO council) announced his retirement. Gábor Bartus (secretary general of the Hungarian NFFT council) will be his successor as Co Chair of the EEAC Working Group Sustainable Development.
26 November 2014 Berlin: David Baldock ‘The Juncker Commission: Setting New directions for EU Environmental Policy’
Together with the Environmental Policy Research Center (FFU) Freie Universität Berlin the EEAC network has invited David Baldock (Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy) to discuss the new directions for the environmental policy of the European Commission. Wednesday 26 November Baldock will speak two hours (18h00-20h00) at the Freie Universität Berlin (Gary Strasse 55c).
Working Group meeting WG Marine, October 2014, Budapest
The EEAC Working Group Marine met during the Annual Plenary Meetings of the EEAC working groups in Budapest this October. During a Tour du Table members of the working group shared the current state of play of national Marine and Water policies and developments. Main topic for the meeting was the implementation process of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Based on a country overview report the members shared their national experiences and the challenges ahead. Both the minutes of the working group as well as the country overview report on the MSFD can be found below.
In 2015 the Working Group will focus on the anticipated shift from a sector-based approach towards a more integrated SD approach in both the MFSD as well as the WFD.
The Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS) and the European network of Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) organise a round table discussion on the transition towards Green Economy, which will take place in Barcelona, the 1st October 2014 (9-11 am).
The debate, moderated by Ferran Rodés (Chairman of CADS) will focus on how businesses and governments can foster the transition towards a green economy.