Articles taggés avec ‘Hans-Gert Pöttering’

Eu funding: Civil society meets for climate change Agora

Mardi 10 juin 2008

If you are worried about climate change, then a conference taking place at the European Parliament this Thursday and Friday may be of interest.

Known as an “Agora” after places of assembly in Greek city-states, the meeting brings together over 500 people - NGOs, climate experts and international experts to join MEPs in debating ways to combat climate change. The issue is a crucial one for the European Parliament as it will be required to legislate on EU-wide measures to reduce CO2 emissions.
The point of the Agora is for the views and proposals of members of civil society to be fully heard as the EU attempts to set out carbon reducing measures. Opened by EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering, Thursday morning will be devoted to setting out the state of play of international negotiations in reaching a post-Kyoto agreement. In December last year the international community agreed a “road map” setting out the way forward when Kyoto expires in 2012.

Debates and workshops to determine way forward

Among the speakers will be European Commission President José Manuel Barroso who will outline the climate change package aiming to reduce Europe’s Greenhouse gases by 20% by 2020. Italian MEP Guido Sacconi (PSE) and Karl-Heinz Florenz (EPP-ED) will present the interim report of the special committee on climate change. Also speaking will be leading American intellectual Jeremy Rifkin who has long advocated policies to reduce climate change.

Thursday afternoon and Friday will see delegates divided into workshops on resources, techniques, solidarity, economics and governance.

* Natural resources and biodiversity
* Research, innovation and technologies
* Ethical questions related to climate change in particular that of solidarity;
* Economics, trade and development.
* Education, political and practical participation of consumers and citizens in relation to climate protection.

On Friday afternoon the results from the working groups will be presented in a plenary of the Agora and final recommendations will be agreed. All of the debates will be available live on the EP website on Thursday and Friday - making it possible to watch the Agora live wherever you are.

European Parliament

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EU Funding: Inauguration of Euro-Mediterranean University with seat in Slovenia

Mercredi 4 juin 2008

After almost two years of efforts and activities on the part of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia to establish a Euro-Mediterranean University based in Slovenia, the formal inauguration of the Euro-Mediterranean University with a seat in Slovenia will be held at Portoroz on 9 June

The following have confirmed that they will participate in the event: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Janez Jansa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Amr Moussa, Secretary-General of the Arab League, Hans-Gert Pottering, President of the European Parliament, Janez Potocnik, Benita Ferrero Waldner, Joe Borg and Jan Figel, members of the European Commission, and representatives of the countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

A press conference will be held at 09.30 on Monday 9 June 2008 in the Bernardin Congress Centre (Daphnia Hall), Portoroz, at which Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, and Nada Trunk Sirca, Director of the University Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies (EMUNI Center), will outline the importance and content of the event and discuss further steps towards establishing the Euro-Mediterranean University.

The International Academic Council (IAC) will convene at 10.30. At 13.30, there will be an international conference of university rectors on intercultural dialogue in higher education. The opening address will be delivered by Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

At 16.30, the ceremony establishing the Euro-Mediterranean University Foundation will be held in the Nautilus Hall of the Bernardin Congress Centre. The speakers at the ceremony will be: Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research, Rodi Kratsa Tsagaropoulou, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Mojca Kucler Dolinar, Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. As part of the event, the Letter of Intent on establishing the Foundation will be formally signed by the representatives of the enterprises that have expressed a willingness to cooperate in developing the university foundation.

Similarly, Letters of Intent on providing the new university with premises will be signed by the Slovenian Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Mojca Kucler Dolinar, the Minister for Public Administration, Gregor Virant, the Minister of Education and Sport, Milan Zver, and the Mayor of the Municipality of Piran, Tomaž Gantar.

The main event will be the formal inauguration of the Euro-Mediterranean University at 18.00 on 9 June 2008 in the Europa Hall in the Bernardin Congress Centre. The speakers will include: Janez Janša, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, and Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament.

At 17.50 (the Europa Hall), the four statesmen will, in presence of all the signatories of the Charter and other eminent guests, sign the founding document establishing the Euro-Mediterranean University. This will also be a photo opportunity.

Slovenian Presidency of the EU

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