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Agenda 44021 chairman mmmg adlypse

  1. 1. Study Tour on Climate Change LAF 44021 Venue : Committee of the Regions Bâtiment Jacques Delors Building Rue Belliard 99-101 B - 1040 Brussels - Belgium 09 February - 11 February 2011 For more information on TAIEX assistance and to download presentations of this event, please go to: 44021 1/5
  2. 2. Aim of the meeting : The aim of this study tour is to present the EU policy on climate change to local and regional authorities coming from the Western Balkans. The fight against climate change is an important challenge for the coming years and decades, also for the Western Balkans. Cities and municipalities play a key role in this, especially in the field of transport infrastructure, spatial planning and building policy. Next to general information about the functioning and decision-making of the EU, this study tour will also cover the EU policy on climate change, the reduction of green house gas emissions and energy efficiency: - Communication from the Commission: "Limiting Global Climate Change to 2 degrees Celsius - The way ahead for 2020 and beyond" - Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community - Decision No 406/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020. This study tour will be organised in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions (CoR). The participants will have the opportunity to meet with members of the CoR working on environment and on external relations. They will also be able to follow a meeting of CIVEX (Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs). A visit to an office representing a Member States region in Brussels is also foreseen in the programme. They will get information on how Molise region deals with climate change and also how the region cooperates with other regions around the Adriatic. Participants will also be introduced to the Covenant of Mayors by a representative of Energy Cities, the network of cities inventing their energy future. This European initiative is a commitment by signatory towns and cities to go beyond the objectives of EU energy policy in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions through enhanced energy efficiency and cleaner energy production and use. Today, 2200 Local Authorities have signed up. This part of the agenda will offer them the possibility to establish contacts with this umbrella organisation and to exchange views and best practices with their counter parts in Member States. The group will also pay a visit to the office of Energy Cities, a European network of Cities working on sustainable energy and will be introduced to the Covenant of Mayors, an initiative of the European Commission dedicated to Local Authorities. The target audience of 30-35 participants will consist of elected representatives and senior administrative staff from municipalities (3 to 5 participants per beneficiary). The participants will be selected by the EU Delegations / European Commission Liaison Office.LAF 44021 2/5
  3. 3. Day 1 : Wednesday 09 February 2011 Chair : - Mr Miguel Mares Garcés, President of ADLYPSE, Valencia Region Local Development Association 09:00 Arrival and registration of participants Distribution of welcome package 09:30 Welcome note: introduction to the LAF programme Unit D2 - Institution Building, DG Enlargement, European Commission 09:45 Round of table/Ice-breaking: brief verbal presentation, accompanied by materials if available, max. 3 minutes per participant: • Self-introduction by participants • Current situation and challenges in your municipality 10:30 Coffee break 11:15 The EU institutions and decision-making process Dr Béla Béres, Legal Service, European Commission 12:00 Public Administration Reform (PAR) Mr Mose Apelblat, PAR coordinator, DG Enlargement, European Commission 12:45 Lunch break 13:45 EU policy in the field of climate change DG Climate Action, European Commission 14:30 The role of cities in climate change mitigation Mr Pedro Ballesteros Torres, Unit C3 Energy Efficiency & Intelligent Energy, DG Energy, European Commission 15:15 Questions & Answers 15:30 Coffee break 16:00 European Commissions support to the participation of Eastern Partnership and Central Asian Cities in the Covenant of Mayors Mr Eduardo Ereño, Unit A3 Centralised operations for Europe, the Mediterranean and Middle-East, DG EuropeAid Development and Co- operation, European Commission 16:45 Reduction of green house gas emissions and emission trading schemes DG Climate Action, European Commission 17:30 Questions & Answers 17:45 Closing of Day 1LAF 44021 3/5
  4. 4. Day 2 : Thursday 10 February 2011 Chair : - 10:00 Visit to the Committee of the Regions • Work and functioning of the Committee of the Regions • The CoRs work in the field of environment and climate change • Activities of the CoR with the Western Balkans 11:00 Meeting with members of the CoRs CIVEX commissions 13:00 Lunch break th 15:00 Possibility to follow the 7 meeting of the CIVEX Commission (Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs) 18:00 Closing of the CIVEX-meeting and Day 2LAF 44021 4/5
  5. 5. Day 3 : Friday 11 February 2011 Chair : - Ms Julie Chavez, DG Enlargement 09:30 The Covenant of Mayors: How local authorities support the EU Energy and Climate Objectives Energy Cities Square de Meeûs 1, 1000 Brussels 12:00 Lunch break including meetings with DG Enlargement geographical units 14:15 Visit to a regional office: Molise, Italy (rue de Toulouse 47) Dr Michele Petracca, Head of Support and Liaison Office for Community Relations • Air quality and climate change in Molise region, LAgenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale del Molise Presentation and institutional role of the Agency for Environmental Protection of Molise Region and Italian agency system Dr Luigi Petracca, General Director Energy, polluting items and climate change driven factors: the mitigation proposals and energy policy of Molise Region Ms Vera Ianiro, Policy Officer • Cross-border cooperation in the Adriatic: the experience of the Adriatic Euroregion and the role of the Molise Region Mr Francesco Cocco, Adviser for International Relations, Molise Region • Coffee break around 15:30 17:00 Feedback and closing session of the event This meeting is being organised by the Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission CHAR 03/149 , B - 1049 Brussels Telephone: +32-2-296 73 07 , Fax: +32-2-296 76 94 Web site 44021 5/5