EU Green Week - UDiTE

UDiTE/VEOLIA GREEN WEEK 2024

PARTNER EVENT

FRIDAY 31st MAY, 2024
REGISTRATION - 09h30
START TIME - 10h00
END TIME - 12h00
VENUE: ROOM VMA 21
KINDLY HOSTED BY THE EU COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

Bâtiment Van Maerlant (VMA)
Rue Van Maerlant 2
B - 1000 Brussels

 


 

UDiTE the European Federation of Local Government Chief Executives will join forces  with VEOLIA to host an EU Green Week 2024 discussion on Innovative & resilient water basin management for cities and regions.

Quality of life & prosperity are vital to our cities & regions. Water is a resource of fundamental economic value. Innovation, behavioural change & circularity schemes that drive water resilience & help communities to thrive will be showcased.

The quality of life & economic prosperity of our citizens are vital to our cities & regions. Local authority CEOs, represented by UDITE, lead their local administrations at a time of great change. With uncertainty stemming from conflicts on Europe’s borders, climate change & the challenges of recovering from the recent pandemic, it is at the local level where the impacts of these threats occur. Water basin management is a major priority for cities & regions, industries, and citizens. Water is a resource of fundamental economic value and without water, there is no local economy! A series of innovative case studies will illustrate how innovation, behavioural change & circularity schemes at water basin management level are helping communities to become more water resilient & thrive. Speakers will come from the public and private sectors and the event will focus on the added value of community and bottom-up initiatives that are vital to the future quality of life and prosperity of our cities and regions.  The event will target policymakers from across the EU, representatives of local authorities and regions, water providers, consumer associations and representatives of civil society with a view to underlining the economic value of water and its importance to all of our cities & regions if they are to continue to thrive. The event will be professionally moderated & will give participants unique insights into successful replicable case studies. Our speakers will include local authority chief executive’s, representatives of EU projects, EU institutions the private sector who can speak knowledgeably about their innovative experiences. A representative from the EU Committee of the Regions will be invited to speak on the topic too ahead of their committee opinion on the topic of water resilience. The event will use inspiring audio-visual aids to give participants a rapid and clear understanding of the achievements of the different case studies.

 

 
Time
 
 
Draft programme
 

09:30

Registration open (arrive at EU Committee of the Regions to complete registration process and collect badges in good time)

10:00

Introduction to the workshop and speakers Tamsin Rose

10:05

Water as a fundamental resource to the quality of life & prosperity of our communities – European Federation of Chief Executives in Local Government - Stéphane Pintre, UDiTE President

10:15

Water resilience of our cities and regions – CoR ENVI rep 
(Speaker TBC)

10:30

A regional perspective on water resilience in Andalucía
Ramón Fernández-Pacheco - Spokesperson of the Government of the Junta de Andalucía and Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Blue Economy

10:45

Influencing changes in water consumer behaviours: case study Spain - recorded presentation from a local authority chief executive representing COSITAL Spain

10:55

Learning from water resilience best practices throughout Europe
Jéromine Albertini, Research & Innovation Partnerships Director Veolia

11:25  

Case study: LIFE GreenLED project - Ruben Wentink, FieldFactors

11:45

Questions & answers with participants led by moderator

12:00  

End of the event

 


 

 

 


Edited by: Simon Pascoe