Seville
Friday 26 November 2021

Just a Green Deal or a Just Green Deal? The perspective of progressive regions and cities

Just a Green Deal or a Just Green Deal? The perspective of progressive regions and cities

15.00 - 20.00
Conference
Centro Abades Triana Calle Betis 69 41010 Seville
from: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT (only passive)
to: DE, EN, ES, FR
Green Deal

While the coronavirus pandemic is putting to the test the welfare states and the economies of just about every EU Member State (and not only), there is no doubt that the EU urgently needs more than ever a new sustainable economic model, which combines social and ecological progress, improves people’s well-being and leaves no people and no places behind.

This should be the very objective of a progressive European Green Deal that only the socialist family can defend. What is more, the fight against the two challenges of addressing the climate crisis and promoting social justice must go hand in hand.

These challenges will not disappear with COVID-19. We must thus be able to combine our recovery efforts with a fair ecological transition. Today, national recovery plans are reinforcing centralization, in contradiction with the fact that it will not be possible to implement a just Green Deal without local and regional authorities. Indeed, they are responsible for investments in infrastructures, energy, buildings and urban mobility, to name a few. They are also the only ones able to raise awareness about people’s environmental footprint in everyday life, from mobility to eating and recreational habits

All this and more was discussed in Seville on 26 November 2021. The event was organised by the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions, in cooperation with the S&D Group in the European Parliament, the Party of European Socialists, and the Young European Socialists. It brought together members of the European Committee of the Regions and other local and regional politicians from across the world, Members of the European Parliaments and EU Commissioners as well as representatives of relevant European associations and organisations, activists from progressive parties and citizens to exchange best practices and find progressive solutions to support the green transition.

Moreover, with the involvement of the PES Group network of young local and regional progressive politicians in cooperation with the Young European Socialists, this event was also an opportunity to engage the next generation of politicians and support their work for the implementation of a just and sustainable transition. A School for Young Progressive Local and Regional Leaders took place on the margins of the event. 

PROGRAMME

PART 1

15:00 – 16:30
Study visit to local projects on sustainable development

Participants will visit the Cartuja Technology Park for the Cartuja Qnat project, where they will receive insights not only into this project but also about E-city Sevilla and Sevilla Futura.

Catuja Qnat is an innovative urban transformation project which reimagines the conceptualization of streets and urban planning to serve as a social catalyst, promoting environmental comfort, social exchange and sustainable models of urban growth.

E-city Sevilla is a public-private collaboration between the Ministry of Economic Transformation, Industry, Knowledge and University of Andalusia, the Andalusian Energy Agency, the Seville City Council, the Cartuja Technology Park and Endesa. The project aims to create a city model based on an open, digital, decarbonized and sustainable ecosystem in 2025 with the goal of achieving 2050 energy and climate objectives.

Sevilla Futura is also a public-private project by the Sevilla City Council and companies, such as Airbus and Cisco Sistems, as well as public institutions. The project aims to comprehensively rehabilitate an old warehouse in order to create a technology innovation centre meant to encourage open innovation, digital transformation and entrepreneurship through public-private partnership.  

PART 2

Centro Abades Triana, Calle Betis, 69, 41010 Seville (Spain)

16:30 – 17:00 | Registration  

17:00 | Introduction by the moderator Claudi Pérez Pallejá, Deputy Director, El País

17:05 | Welcome speeches

  • Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville, Chair of the European Committee of the Regions Commission for the Environment, Climate change and Energy, and PSOE candidate for the region Andalusia
  • Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of Coulaines and President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

17:10 | Delivering the European Green Deal from the bottom up

A Deal is a Deal! The European Green Deal and…

 

... Sustainable Cities:

  • Lina Gálvez Muñoz, S&D Group Member of the European Parliament
  • Kata Tüttő, Deputy-Mayor of Budapest and Vice-President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

 

… Quality jobs:

  • Arianna Censi, Local councillor of Milan in charge of mobility
  • Alícia Homs Ginel, S&D Group Member of the European Parliament and President of the Young European Socialists

 

… Cohesion:

  • Concha Andreu, President of La Rioja and Vice-President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions 
  • Isolde RiesFirst Vice-President of the Saarland Regional Parliament and district mayor of Saarbrücken West
  • Juan González-Barba, Spanish State Secretary for the European Union

18:30 | Paving the way for the future

Introduction by Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of Coulaines and President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

  • Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner in charge of Jobs and Social Rights 
  • Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville, Chair of the European Committee of the Regions Commission for the Environment, Climate change and Energy, and PSOE candidate for the region Andalusia
  • Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, Vice-President of the Government of Spain and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge

19:00 – 20:00 | Reception

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