Hearing of Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate:
EP Committee on Environment
EPRef91633 // European Parliament , Brussels
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 19/02/2013 First transmission: 19/02/2013
ENVI held a hearing of Professor Hans Bruyninckx , the European Environment Agency Director-designate
Belgian Professor Hans Bruyninckx has been selected by the EEA Management Board as the EEA Executive Director to take office from 1 June 2013.
Hans Bruyninckx (born 1964) has 20 years of research experience in environmental, sustainable development and climate change policies. He holds a Masters degree in political science (Leuven University, Belgium) and a PhD in international environmental politics (Colorado State University, USA). He has carried out research and taught at Colorado State University, Canisius College, and Wageningen University (Netherlands). His current appointment is at the Catholic University Leuven, where he is professor of International and European Environmental Politics, director of the HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels
||Cutaways , Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate , Matthias Groote, Chair of the ENVI Committe (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate," I strongly share the EEA's vision on the importance of solid knowledge data availability and sound policy evaluation as essential elements to improve policy performance."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate," Maintaining the quality and further strengthening the EEA's core activities. The EEA has a track record of outstanding performance on its core activities but I think contiued attention for the core tasks is necessary to provide the high quality and availability of information policy makers need."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate," Supporting the long term fundamental transition processes of the EU. A recent trend in EU policy making emphasis long term transitions , think of the year 2050 as the next tomorrow in many policy domains or 2030 as a time horizon , examples of explicitation of this are the road map for low carbon economy and an initiative on resource efficient Europe."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate, "A third element is the attention for social and civil society dimension of EEA functioning. Those transitions which I mentioned before need to be socially embedded transitions and thus creating a knowledge base that can relate to societal actors, to stake holders in broader society out side of the narrow institutional, political and policy context is of importance.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate, "I think it is important to continue the tradition of constructive and direct relations with the EP and the ENVI in particular, not only because of instrumental reasons or because the institutional role of the EP in the decision making also in my opinion and very crucially as a democrat, I strongly believe in public oversight and in public legitimacy of the policy process."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate, "On the new scientific and technological developments and the risks they pose, I would say the approach followed by the EU I am in support of that; It is based on three fundamental elements, a first element as you mentioned is a precautionary element which is fundamentally dealing with uncertainty in science and as an official stands the EU has chosen for the careful road there as some other actors in the international arena, I am very much in support of that."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate, "The role of the EEA is to provide the best possible knowledge with a ´clear message which is as clearly convincing as possible".
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hans BRUYNINCKX, the EEA Executive Director-designate, "I think as one of the priorities of the EEA namely looking at consumption and production of specific product categories I think this line of work will have to be continued and in that sense , links nicely with some of the major policy objectives of the EU in general . The link with specific products , I think, should be realistic though, it should be linked to those products or problematic lines of production and consumption thta are singled out, you can not do this across the whole scale of products that are consumed and produced so I think that attention for focus there will be a central element of dealing with this as the European Environment Agency."
||Cutaways (4 shots)