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

Seville
Friday 2 October 2020

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

Conference
13.30 - 19.30
CaixaForum Calle Lopez Pintado 41092 Seville
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Green Deal

While the coronavirus pandemic is putting to the test the welfare states and the economies of just about every country in the European Union (and not only), there is no doubt that an urgent need for a new sustainable economic model exists. It should combine social and ecological progress, the improvement of people’s well-being and the fact of leaving no person and no region behind. 

This should be the very objective of a progressive European Green Deal. Proposed by the European Commission in December 2019, the Green Deal should become a roadmap for making the EU economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas while ensuring that the green transition is just and inclusive. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wakeup call, but the climate crisis has not gone away. We must thus be able to combine our recovery efforts with the opportunity of building a sustainable future. 

For cities and regions, the European Green Deal represents the opportunity to build sustainable communities, by investing in clean public transport, renewable energy, affordable insulated housing, sustainable agriculture, and the protection of biodiversity. As progressive cities and regions, we will make sure that Europe delivers a Green Deal that is just and does not leave anyone behind.  

All this and more will be discussed in Seville on 2 October. The event is organised by the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions with the cooperation of the S&D Group in the European Parliament. It will bring together progressive local and regional politicians (including members of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions), national and European political leaders and experts working on the green transition, 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 build a sustainable future for all.

Among the participants, the PES Group is delighted to have on board a delegation of young progressive local and regional politicians. If you are a young local politician and you would like to participate in this event, please apply via this link.  

 

Draft programme
13:30 – 14:30

Opening reception and registration

14:30 – 16:00

Study visit in Seville on sustainable development local projects

16:00 – 16:30

Welcome speeches

Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville (Spain) and member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

Christophe Rouillon, Mayor of Coulaines (France) and President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

Iratxe García Pérez, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, MEP (Spain)

16:30 – 16:45

Keynote speech

Teresa Ribera Rodriguez, Vice-president of the Spanish Government in charge of the ecologic transition (tbc)

16:45 – 17:30

Political panel: Delivering a Green Deal from the bottom up

Moderator of the session: TBC

Laurent Berger, General Secretary of the French Democratic Confederation for Work (France) (tbc)

Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament (S&D/Sweden) and Rapporteur on the Climate Law (tbc)

Pedro Marques, Member of the European Parliament (S&D/Portugal) and Shadow Rapporteur on the Just Transition Fund (tbc)

Representative of a start-up working on sustainable development or academic

Young local politician

Followed by Q&A

17:30 – 17:45

Coffee pause

17:45 – 18:30

Local ideas for a European New Deal that works for all

Moderator of the session: TBC

The European Green Deal and Mobility: Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon (Portugal) and member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (tbc)

The European Green Deal and Energy: Birgit Honé, Minister for Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development of Lower Saxony (Gemany) and member of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions (tbc)

The Green New Deal and Housing: Cédric Van Styvendael, Mayor of Villeurbanne, (France) and President of Housing Europe (tbc)

The Green New Deal and Jobs: Elena Piastra, Mayor of Settimo Torinese (Italy) 

Followed by Q&A

18:30 – 19:00

Keynote speech on the Green New Deal for Europe: Response to the local and regional leaders' ideas

Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner in charge of Cohesion and Reforms (tbc)

Followed by Q&A

19:00 – 19:30

Conclusions

Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister (Spain) – (tbc) 

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