High-level conferences

Aiming to become a sounding board for citizens’ concerns and to mobilise citizens, together with their organisations, as multipliers, a series of citizens’ networking conferences and seminars will take place between October 2017 and October 2018. The initiative to raise the profile of ‘The Citizens’ Parliament’, led by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will gather relevant stakeholders and established partner organisations working in each respective field at high-level conferences on EU policy.

EPRS offers content in support of this series of conferences in the form of a publication or series of publications. The list of conferences below gives a short description of the subject, link to registration, and our range of analysis and information useful to participants of the conference.

List of High-level conferences

 

High Level conference: Towards a renewed partnership with Africa

22 November 2017, European Parliament, Brussels

High Level conference: Towards a renewed partnership with Africa

For ten years, the African Union and the EU have shared a common strategy (JAES, Joint Africa-EU Strategy) on several global challenges, such as migration, security issues and climate change. The times when EU-Africa relations were based on a donor’s agenda are over: Africa is also a world of opportunities the EU is keen not to miss – but not at the cost of forgetting the fight for democratic values. The European Parliament has organised a high level conference to promote its vision, one week before the 5th African Union-EU Summit, which takes place in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) on 29-30 November 2017. The European Parliament champions this partnership and would like more ambitious goals to be adopted. A broad investment plan could help Africa and the EU develop closer cooperation in the areas of infrastructure, technology, resources,… Promoting legal migration while better tackling the root causes of illegal migration should be shared priorities. This will be possible if a safe, conducive economic environment is created, and if African youth is given the opportunity to benefit from better education, lifelong training and possibilities for entrepreneurship

Over the last few decades there have been significant demographic shifts in Africa. Since the 1980s the population has nearly trebled. The continent’s population is also very young: 40% is less than 15 years old, while 15-24-year-olds make up another 20%.

This population growth leads to challenges regarding economic growth and job creation, as well as for security, migration and political participation.

The conference is set to discuss issues such as peace and security, human rights, sustainable development and migration. African political leaders, African Union representatives and UN officials will debate with MEPs, Parliament President Tajani and Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign affairs chief.

  • Registration and programme, European Parliament
  • Topical Digest (EN | FR), EPRS, DG for Internal Policies and DG for External Policies, November 2017

 


 

High-Level conference on Clean Energy Financing

7 November 2017, European Parliament, Brussels

#CleanEnergyEU

High Level conference on Clean Energy Financing

The energy sector is key to the European economy, but it also represents two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions, so will play a central role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. To achieve the EU’s goals of reducing its impact on the environment, significant additional investment will be needed. It is estimated that in order to reach the EU’s 2030 energy and climate targets, about €379 billion investments are needed every year between 2020 and 2030, mostly in energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and infrastructure.

Significant investment is needed in the energy sector to help the EU achieve its ambitious climate change targets, which were agreed as part of the Paris Agreement. The Clean Energy for all Europeans package aims to set the legal framework to make this transformation possible.

Find out more about the conference and the sector via the below links:

 


 

High-Level conference on Tourism

27 September 2017, European Parliament, Brussels

#TourismEU

High-Level conference on Tourism

Tourism is an important source of economic growth, generating more than 5% of the EU’s gross domestic product. In 2014 alone some 582 million tourists visited EU countries. However, the sector faces also faces various challenges, such as its impact on the environment and local life, precarious jobs and increasing competition from countries outside the EU.

The European Parliament is very active in this area, through the work of its Committee on Transport and Tourism, of a Task Force and of the Intergroup on Tourism and other relevant Committees. In September 2015, it adopted a resolution calling for an integrated European tourism policy. For these reasons, on the 27 of September, World Tourism Day, the European Parliament is organising a high-level event to promote a European strategy on tourism as a key driver of growth and job creation.

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