EEB 40th Anniversary Conference 2014
On 1-2 December 2014, the European Environmental Bureau celebrated forty years of environmental action by holding a thought-provoking conference that explored the environmental challenges facing Europe and the wider world in the years ahead and the opportunities for overcoming them.

December 2014 provided an especially timely moment to take stock and look at future challenges, with a new European Parliament in place, and a new European Commission and President of the European Council taking up office just before the conference. The conference also takes place in the run up to two globally important events in 2015 – the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and the UN Summit in September 2015 that is expected to adopt a post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The EEB conference took a bold look at the prospects for the forty years to come and then zoomed in to look at the priorities and challenges facing the new European Commission, European Parliament and Member States over the next five years. It included provocative debates on where we need to be going and how the environmental movement can be more effective in getting there. The way in which the new Commission deals with environment was a particular focus of discussion, in the light of President Juncker’s plans for an increased focus on growth, competitivity, jobs and better regulation.

Including high-level speakers from the European institutions, academia and civil society, the EEB conference provided a unique opportunity to learn and share. It brought together nearly 400 environmentalists and other stakeholders from all over Europe for two days of intensive debates in Brussels.
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