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Virtual European Coffee "Sustainable Development: complementarities of local and European approaches?”
We offer you to participate in our next Virtual European Café entitled "Sustainable Development: complementarities of local and European approaches? "which will take place on Wednesday 5 May from 18 a.m. to 19: 30 on Zoom. The event will explore the theme of sustainable development at European, national and local level through the following speakers: — Catherine Chabaud, MEP and browser; Philippe Bolo, MP Maine-et-Loire (7th Angers constituency — Segré en Anjou Bleu), Member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Member of the Parliamentary Office for the Assessment of Scientific and Technical Options; Corinne Bouchoux, Vice-President of Angers Loire Métropole in charge of ecological transition and travel and Member of Angers City Council; This European Café will be moderated by Pierre-Louis Gastinel, a speaker Team Europe. To access the event online, you must register with the form opposite (which will also allow you to ask questions upstream): https://forms.gle/H6dVczcjKykMgVn3A.
Event reportEuropean Coffee Sustainable Development: based on local and European approaches? The online exchange took place on 5 May on Zoom with the following speakers: Catherine Chabaud MEP and browser Philippe Bolo, Corinne Bouchoux, Vice-President for Ecological Transition for Agglomeration. It brought together 61 participants (out of 120 registrants). today, initiatives in the field of sustainable development are increasing, but in a whole that does not always appear to be very concrete or very coherent for the citizen. The purpose of this European Café is to illustrate the initiatives taken at European, national and local level, to discuss the coherence and complementarity between these 3 levels and to bring forward the participants’ proposals in relation to sustainable development. You can find the European Café en play: https://youtu.be/Xi88-iV3nJk The speakers also reacted to the initiative of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the place and impact of sustainable development. The following proposals emerged at this online meeting: With regard to the initiatives expected from the European Union to combat climate change, preserve natural resources and biodiversity: “[...] The pandemic has exposed us everywhere to the limitations of the current health system, be it public institutions as well as private laboratories. In a context of globalised competition, it is crucial to preserve national sovereignty in the face of American hegemony in health. [...] Production of medicines in France is possible and some molecules need to be relocated. We start with an emerging market: therapeutic cannabis, with a starting point: the city of Angers, its elected representatives, its businesses and an objective: be a European leader in cannabis for medical purposes. France also has cutting-edge research, but there is a “bottleneck” with a lack of funding opportunities which prevents French research products from being further developed at the industrial stage in France. [...] France struggles to support the growth of innovative start-ups and the country suffers from a clear lack of innovation capital. However, in international competition between innovative start-ups, raising funds is a fundamental determinant of the ability to succeed in the innovation process. In view of this, the expected initiatives must, in our view, involve the economic development of the area, for example by simplifying and pooling financing aid tools. But also to promote the ecological transition through the development of biotechnology. Finally, we believe that this requires the valorisation of life. That is to say, by exploiting natural resources by transforming them into medicinal products, for example. “Joint initiatives and laws, the Union is strong to preserve the planet and man” “Research” Concerning ideas for a just and inclusive transition: “By mobilising all economic actors and including them in the reflection process. “Making an inventory of the most impactful facilities and accompanying them in the transition by experts” with regard to initiatives to be supported at local level (municipality, neighbourhood) in favour of sustainable development, without being imposed by national or European regulations? “[in our company] we are structured in such a way as to integrate the environment across the whole value chain through the construction of a responsible industrial site (carbon recovery, closed-loop water reuse, etc.), through the systematic selective sorting of our waste, by means of incentives to use collective means of transport or without GHG emissions. “Enabling ideas, collective discussion at local level and at videoconference “Awareness” Some participants also indicated that they would be willing to contribute to the Conference on the Future of Europe through reflection workshops (virtual and face-to-face), debates (virtual and face-to-face) and online questionnaires.
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