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Follow the 147th #CoRplenary!

From 1-2 December, CoR members will meet in a hybrid format for the 147th CoR Plenary Session.

📝 This is on the agenda: 
🔹 Strengthening European democracy in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy, Chair of the CoR High Level Group on European Democracy, Renaud Muselier, President of the South Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Deputy President of the Regions of France, and Representatives of European Citizens' Panels on best practices
🔹Statement by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic
🔹 Eradicating homelessness in the European Union with Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights and Kjell Larsson, President of the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)
🔹 European Year of Youth 2022 with Silja Markkula, President of the European Youth Forum, Vytautas Grubliauskas, Mayor of Klaipėda, Valentina Servera Clavell, President of the European Free Alliance Youth, Fabio Roscani, Vice-Chair of the European Young Conservatives (EYC) (tbc), Ines Holzegger, Member of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC), Eleanor Morrissey, Co-Spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens and Alicia Homs Ginel (ES/ S&D), Member of the European Parliament
🔹 Fight against disinformation to ensure a functioning and resilient democracy at all levels with Leendert Verbeek, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
🔹 Presentation of several opinions

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💬 Voices from the 10th ENVE Commission Meeting

The Emissions Trading System is the most successful measure to date for reducing CO2. As part of the Fit For 55 Package, it is rightly being expanded to include the building and mobility sectors, as these have so far clearly missed the CO2-saving targets. In these sectors, however, it is important to give a compensation to the people and regions particularly affected. We therefore propose to directly involve local and regional authorities in the revenues generated from the auctioning of allowances. This should make the transformation socially sustainable in the relevant regions.

Peter Kurz, Lord mayor of Mannheim

Local and regional authorities have a key responsibility in ensuring healthy living conditions for citizens, and are at the forefront of implementing pollution-related laws, policies and programmes. The complex causes and effects of pollution, conflicting interests, and the gap between policies and practice create obstacles to do so sufficiently. With more effective and focussed cooperation between authorities, stronger administrative and compliance mechanisms, and access to data and knowledge, local and regional authorities can effectively contribute to the achievement of the zero pollution target.

Marieke Schouten, Alderman of the municipality of Nieuwegein

COP26 was an important step forward in recognising the limit of 1.5° C rise in temperature as the common global targets. Nonetheless, it also left many issues unsolved. As European Committee of the Regions, we are ready to start working as of now on these issues and support the process with a view to making COP27 really the COP of fair implementation and of concrete measures for financing, adaptation and loss and damage 

Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville 

Gender equality is a fundamental principle of the European Union and as such must be at the core of all its policies, especially the European Green Deal. Climate policies have gender-differentiated impacts therefore the transformative agenda of the Green Deal will be key for women too. The EU needs to systematically implement the gender perspective into the Green Deal, from the Recovery Plan to mobility, from energy poverty to jobs. We are ready to work with the other European Institutions to make this happen at all levels of governance.

Kata Tüttő , General Assembly of Budapest


📌 The 10th ENVE Commission meets today!

11:00 - 17:30 PM  

🔴 Watch the LIVE Stream

🔽Check out the agenda🔽

💬 Debates

✔Debate on the UNFCCC COP26;
✔Briefings from the CBD COP15 and the UNFCCC COP26;
✔Debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe;
✔Statement on the Green Deal campaign;
✔Transformative Action Award ceremony;
✔Presentation of the new Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform.

📑 Adoption of opinions: 

"Local and regional authorities accelerating the implementation of the EU Pollinators Initiative", by rapporteur Frida NILSSON (SE/RE);
"Gender equality and Climate change: towards mainstreaming the gender perspective in the European Green Deal", by rapporteur Kata TUTTO (HU/PES);
"Making the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) work for EU cities and regions", by rapporteur Peter KURZ (DE/PES);
"EU Action Plan: Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil", by rapporteur Marieke SCHOUTEN (NL/The Greens).

🗨 Exchange of views on the following opinions:

"Amending the Energy Efficiency Directive to meet the new 2030 climate targets", by rapporteur Rafał TRZASKOWSKI (PL/EPP);
"Amending the Renewable Energy Directive to meet the new 2030 climate targets", by rapporteur Andries GRYFFROY (BE/EA);
"Towards a socially fair implementation of the Green Deal", by rapporteur Csaba BORBOLY (RO/EPP).

🏆 #TransformativeAction Award 

"La Titaranya SCCL is the perfect example of how strong citizen engagement and an integrated socio-economic approach can advance transformative action to revitalise local communities and create a shared future based on sustainability, solidarity, inclusion and cooperation."  

Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville