EU Green Week 2017: Coming together for the environment

The environment gets its spot in the limelight as EU Green Week 2017 gets underway, bringing policy issues to the forefront of discussions

As the transition towards a circular economy becomes a reality, EU Green Week is an opportunity to support jobs and skills in this area.

EU Green Week is one of the biggest events in the environment policy calendar and kicked off this week with an opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy.

Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, EU Green Week 2017 will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs, as well as contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU.

The environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) has seen a solid growth rate in terms of job creation, growing to 4.2 million jobs in 2012. Despite the economic crisis in recent years, there remains a growing demand for innovative and green skills.

The week started yesterday with a focus on green jobs in the countryside where EU Commissioner for the Environment spoke at the opening ceremony.

Commissioner Vella highlighted how EU policies have helped to push the green economy ahead. He also warned that it was necessary to shift up a gear in putting the green transition in place.

He said: “The good news is that we are building up to speed – the Commission recently adopted a new Action Plan to implement nature directives more effectively.”

This week will be a chance to promote and encourage and participate in a wide range of events, such as conferences being held throughout Europe and online, as well as social media activities.

As a key policy event in Europe, EU Green Week will see a number of high profile policy makers, such as Commissioner Vella and Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General DG Environment coming together in Brussels at a Summit to discuss what green jobs are and why we need them.

For more information on EU Green Week and how you can get involved follow or the hastag #EUGreenWeek on Twitter.


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