20 - 24 October 2014
Welcome. My name is Janez Potočnik and I am European Commissioner for the Environment. Making sure our environment is fit for the future is one of the toughest challenges of all... I hope you can see here what we're doing to try to meet that challenge.
29/10/2014: "A last message"
As my term of office at the European Commission comes to an end I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your support during these past five years.
During my mandate I have focused on policies that will contribute to preserving our natural heritage while at the same time help provide growth opportunities and create jobs. Despite the many difficulties due to the economic and political fragility that have marked the world and the EU in these past years, we succeeded in keeping environment high on the political agenda.
I am confident that my successor will continue to promote policy-making that addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. I cannot imagine that we would in the future protect the environment without changing some of the basics of our economic behaviour and, on the other hand, I cannot imagine that we would in the future talk about economic growth and jobs ignoring that we live in a finite world.