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April 2014

10/04/2014: "Our fight against wildlife trafficking"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Expert Conference on the EU Approach against Wildilfe Trafficking, Brussels

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08/04/2014: "Our role models and their outstanding environmental contribution"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Opening the EMAS Award Ceremony, Hannover

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07/04/2014: "Role of the EU Industry to lead the green economy"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Opening of the Industrial GreenTec Fair, Hannover

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07/04/2014: "Eco-innovation and Circular Economy"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Opening of 16th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, Hannover

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March 2014

21/03/2014: Speech at the ACER (Catalan Association of Research Institutions)

Prize Award Ceremony, Barcelona

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20/03/2014: "The role of forests in tomorrow's world"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Economist Group's second annual World Forests Summit, Stockholm

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06/03/2014: "Working together for a better future and quality of our lives, within the limits of our planet"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Panel discussion on the 7th EAP (Environment Action Programme), Berlin

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03/03/2014: "Together we can save our seas"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Opening address to ‘HOPE’ (Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems) marine conference, Brussels

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February 2014

14/02/2014: Presentation of European Commission 2014 Work Programme and the achievements of the mandate (only in Slovene)

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik in the National Assembly of Republic of Slovenia (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

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13/02/2014: A New Global Partnership: European Civil Society Positions on the Post-2015 Framework

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at the Conference on the Post-2015 Framework (EESC, Brussels)

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December 2013

12/12/2013: "The Nature of Italy: Biodiversity and Protected Areas: the Green Economy for restarting the Country"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, (University "Sapienza"), Rome

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10/12/2013: "Clean air for all - all for clean air"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Closing Conference on the European Year of Air (Council of Europe), Strasbourg

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03/12/2013: "Environmental challenges need both global and local solutions"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Video message for the Sustainability Days Oresund event (Malmö, Sweden)

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02/12/2013: "Why protect nature?"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Dinaric Arc Conference, Montenegro

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November 2013

27/11/2013: "Environment and human rights III: Responsibility of the state for the remediation of polluted environment"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, conference organized by the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia and National Council of the Republic of Slovenia (in Slovene)

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22/11/2013: "Water: the need for innovation is urgent"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Closing remarks at the 1st Annual Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water, Strasbourg

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25/11/2013: "Resource efficiency as a condition for the competitiveness of the economy"

Speech in the Environmental meeting 2013: Energy and water - A winning combination for the recovery of the Slovenian economy organized by the Business Academy of Finance Daily Newspaper, Ljubljana (available in Slovene only)

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07/11/2013: "We need a revolution"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, WRAP annual conference 2013 - Vision 2020: the path to a circular economy, London

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05/11/2013: "Are we moving to a resource efficient future"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Europe Conference, Brussels

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05/11/2013: "The Benefits of Green Infrastructure"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, EESC-CoR Conference on Green Infrastructure

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05/11/2013: "Why do we need Ecolabels"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) Conference

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October 2013

25/10/2013: "The future European economy"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, 3rd International Economic Forum (IWF) – Resource Efficiency, Baden-Baden

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21/10/2013: "A European Strategy for Shale"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, FT Global Shale Energy Summit - "The Global Shale Revolution: Framing the Opportunities and the Risks", London

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18/10/2013: "The world won’t wait for elections"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, European Environment Bureau’s Annual Conference

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15/10/2013: "If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Launch of the EEA's Report on Air Quality 2013

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09/10/2013: "Investing in nature is investing in our future"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Video message for the 10th World Wilderness Congress, Salamanca

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02/10/2013: "Valuing Scotland’s resources: priorities for today and for a sustainable future"

Video message at Scottish Resources Conference, Scotland

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September 2013

30/09/2013: "Opting in for Innovation, on our road towards Resource Efficiency"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, 5th European Innovation Summit, Brussels

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30/09/2013: Plastic: "let’s keep the Fantastic and get rid of the Drastic"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Conference on "The role of plastic waste in a circular economy"

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13/09/2013: "Protecting our rivers is a sound economic and environmental investment"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, European river restoration conference, Vienna

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July 2013

18/07/2013: "The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives"

Roundtable with EUCCC on Green Business Opportunities in China, Bejing

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June 2013

28/06/2013: Speech at the Pregl award ceremony and at the opening of the Pregl Research Centre

National institute for Chemistry, Ljubljana (only in Slovene)

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25/06/2013: "Moving towards a resource efficient, green economy in the Danube Region"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, WWF Conference, Sofia

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20/06/2013: "New Environmentalism"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Scottish Parliament - Committee on Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment, Edinburgh

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14/06/2013: "The importance of green cities"

Speech, European Green Capital Award 2015 – workshop Nantes

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07/06/2013: "Only one air"

Closing remarks at Green Week 2013, Brussels

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04/06/2013: "Cleaner Air for All: Policies for Europe and beyond"

Opening of the Green Week 2013, Brussels

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May 2013

27/05/2013: Speech: "Environment or Economy: Can we have both?"

Environment Public discussion at the Hay Festival (Hay-on-Wye, UK)

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24/05/2013: Speech: "Developing innovative solutions to our water challenges"

3rd meeting of the Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Water, Brussels

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16/05/2013: Speech: "The importance of a holistic approach to key resources"

Thematic Debate 'Sustainable development and climate change: practical solutions in the Energy-Water nexus', UN, New-York

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14/05/2013: Speech: "Shale gas in Europe - being consistent with a low carbon economy, managing health and environmental risks"

European Economic Congress in Katowice/Poland

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April 2013

23/04/2013: Speech: "Towards Green Growth: Seizing Business Opportunities"

Green Economy Forum (Dublin Chamber of Commerce)

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17/04/2013: Speech: "The only way forward is a sustainable economy"

Debate on Green Economy (at the Graduate Institute Geneva), Geneva

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17/04/2013: Speech: "Cities will define our future"

7th European conference on sustainable cities & towns, Geneva

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12/04/2013: Speech: "Let's Free our Oceans from this Plague"

International Conference on Prevention and Management of Marine Litter in European Seas, Berlin

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04/04/2013: Speech: "A throw away economy cannot be competitive"

UNEP meeting "Towards a Sustainable Economic Paradigm: from Labour to Resource Productivity", Paris

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04/04/2013: Speech: "The private sector and the environment need each other"

Annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (OECD), Paris

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03/04/2013: Speech: "Environmental priorities"

Hearing with the Committee for European Affairs and the Committee for Sustainable Development (Assemblée Nationale), Paris

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03/04/2013: Speech: "Getting the future we really want will depend on each one of us"

Debate organised by "Ecolo Ethik, de l'Ecole des Affaires Internationales des Sciences Po", Paris

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March 2013

25/03/2013: "Water as an opportunity for sustainable development and international cooperation of Slovenia"

Speech at the discussion organised by Slovenian Foreign Ministry (ONLY IN SLOVENE), Ljubljana

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19/03/2013: Speech: "Raw Materials: Not just about economics but physics!"

3rd Annual European Raw Materials Conference, Brussels

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19/03/2013: Speech: "Waste is not a problem – it is an opportunity"

Seminar on improving implementation of the waste legislation in selected Member States - Brussels, 19 March 2013

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18/03/2013: Speech: "Let's Clean up Europe!"

Launch of new European litter prevention network - Brussels, 18 March 2013.

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07/03/2013: "Sustainable use of phosphorus"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, 1st European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference - opening of the second day of the conference, Brussels

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07/03/2013: "Making waste a resource and moving towards a truly circular economy"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, "Zero Waste Europe" Conference (at the European Parliament), Brussels

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06/03/2013: Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik

Moving in the right direction – cleaner transport for improved health and sustainable economic growth, European Mobility Week Award Ceremony, Brussels

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06/03/2013: Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik

Forum for the future of agriculture - session: sustainable intensification and resource efficiency, Brussels

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February 2013

19/02/2013: "Towards universal prosperity and well-being within our planetary boundaries"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Ministerial roundtable discussion on "Environmental challenges within sustainable development and the UNEP's contribution to Sustainable Development Goals, Promoting sustainable consumption and production", at the 27th Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme / Nairobi, Kenya

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January 2013

18/12/2012: "Clean Air Everywhere: Blowing the winds of change into European air policy"

Speech at the EEB Conference, Brussels

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December 2012

18/12/2012: Speech - "Giving the World a Sustainable Future"

Speech at the Brussels Sustainable Development Summit, Brussels, 18 December 2012

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10/12/2012: "The Imperative for, and Progress towards an Inclusive Green Economy"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, A.I.S.E 60th Anniversary - Panel Discussion: How ambitious must we be and how do we ensure the whole sector moves? - Brussels

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05/12/2012: "Developing energy grids which are economically profitable, socially accepted and environmentally sound"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, 2nd European Grid Conference: Towards socially accepted and environmentally sound grids - Practical experiences across Europe, Brussels

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04/12/2012: 'Living well, within the limits of the planet'

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, High level IEEP (Institute for European Environment Policy) conference on the future of EU environmental policy, Brussels

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November 2012

29/11/2012: Opening speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik

Green Capital Handover Ceremony.

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26/11/2012: "Water: we need something better, something more and something new"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, EU Water Blueprint Conference/Nicosia

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23/11/2012: "The fish cannot go to Court"

The environment is a public good that must be supported by a public voice, Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Seminar on Access to Justice and Organisation of Jurisdictions in Environment Litigation by the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA-Europe) / Brussels

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19/11/2012: "Green growth for Ireland and Europe"

Keynote speech at the Irish Institute for International and European Affairs / Dublin

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16/11/2012: "Following up on Rio+20 – Delivering on land degradation"

Conference "Land and soil degradation – post Rio+20", Brussels

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13/11/2012: "Planet, people and profits: How to deliver a sustainable exit from the crisis"

Keynote speech at the European Resource Efficiency Forum "Vision 2020 – the role of resource efficiency for Europe's future"

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October 2012

23/10/2012: "Investing in nature protection is investing in our own future"

Speech by Commissioner for Environment Investing in nature protection is investing in our own future Celebrating the 20 Years' anniversary of the Habitats Directive, Natura 2000 and the LIFE Regulation - EUROPARC annual Conference Genk, 22 October 2012

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11/10/2012: "Environment and transport policies must go hand in hand"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Congress of European Advisory Council on Transport and Environment, Rotterdam

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9/10/2012: "Achieving a sustainable economy"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, BusinessEurope Advisory and Support Group CEO Event, Brussels

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9/10/2012: "No place for food waste in a world where people are hungry"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Retail Forum for Sustainability 2012 Annual Event: The Green Economy in the current economic situation "How does it influence consumers' and retailers' behaviours?", Brussels

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9/10/2012: "Ending the abuse of marine environment"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Fisheries (PECH) Committee meeting (European Parliament), Brussels

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01/10/2012: "The success or failure of Rio will depend on us and be decided in the years to come"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, European Environmental Bureau's Annual Conference, Brussels

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September 2012

28/09/2012: "Chemical Industry: From Suspect to Sustainable"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Global Chemical Industry European Convention CEFIC and ICCA (International Council of Chemical Associations), London

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25/09/2012: "20 years on – The importance of EU nature protection"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, "Three for the Tree – Investing in Natura 2000 for future prosperity and well-being" - event organized by WWF European Policy Office, EEB (European Environmental Bureau), EUROPARC, IUCN Regional Office for Europe, Brussels

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25/09/2012: "Protecting our natural capital and biodiversity must play a central role in our economic strategy"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA), 11th Plenary Session, Brussels

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25/09/2012: "The Environmental Challenges facing us"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA) meeting, Brussels

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24/09/2012: "To invest in clean air means to invest in our future"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Launch of EEA's "Air Quality in Europe" – 2012 report, Brussels

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21/09/2012: "Any Future for the Plastic Industry in Europe?"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, PolyTalk 2012, A major plastics industry summit "Plastics – An Intriguing Love Story?", Wiesbaden

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18/09/2012: "Moving in the right direction"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Official launch of Mobility Week 2012, Brussels

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07/09/2012: "The need for dialogue on hunting and conservation"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Celebration of the 35th anniversary of FACE (Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU, Brussels

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02/09/2012: "The global challenges we face and the choices we must make"

Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Panel discussion: Europe and the Reshaped Global Order - Bled Strategic Forum (Slovenia), Bled

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July 2012

20/07/2012: Speech at the event "Celebrating the 20 Years' anniversary of the Habitats Directive, Natura 2000 and the LIFE Regulation"

Kozjanski Park, Castle Podsreda, Slovenia - only in Slovenian

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11/07/2012: Rio+20: Outcome and follow-up

Thematic debate on the outcome of Rio+20 at the 482nd Plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels.

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05/07/2012: Statement on the outcome of Rio+20

Debate in the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

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June 2012

29/06/2012: "European Green Capital Award 2014"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, European Green Capital Award Ceremony, Vitoria-Gasteiz

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29/06/2012: "European Green Capital Award 2014"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, workshop Palacio Villa Suso / Vitoria, Gasteiz (Spain)

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28/06/2012: "Europe's Industrial Future – Internal and External Challenges"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, European Steel Day, The Square / Brussels

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26/06/2012: "A breath of fresh AIR: Regional approach to future Air Quality Policy"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, European Parliament / Brussels

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21/06/2012: "The way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the conference"

Roundtable of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro

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21/06/2012: "Our natural capital is endangered"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK:, Launch by the world bank of initiative on natural capital accounting in the context of the ongoing Rio +20 conference / Rio de Janeiro.

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13/06/2012: "The green economy – our survival strategy"

Address to the media ahead of the upcoming Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Brussels

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05/06/2012: "How can we do more with less"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, Launch of high-level panel on Resource Efficiency, Brussels

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01/06/2012: "Growth will only come if we change our behaviour"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus, Cyprus

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May 2012

25/05/2012: "Every drop counts!"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, Closing session of the European Green Week 2012, Brussels

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21/05/2012: "20 years of protecting nature in Europe"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, Celebrating the 20 Years' anniversary of the Habitats Directive, Natura 2000 and the LIFE Regulation, Denmark

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15/05/2012: "Unlocking the potential of Europe's forests – The path towards green growth"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, ThinkForest high-level seminar towards a green bio-economy, Brussels

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10/05/2012: "Addressing soil contamination, land take and soil sealing: good for the environment, good for the economy"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, Conference on Soil remediation and soil sealing, Brussels, 10 May 2012

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07/05/2012: "Rio+20: Oceans, land, water, fisheries"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, Sessions on Rio +20 during the Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change, Brussels, 7-8 May 2012

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April 2012

24/04/2012: "The economy and the environment are deeply interlinked"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union, Copenhagen

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13/04/2012: Opening of the station for charging electric cars, Kamnik, Slovenia (in Slovene)

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11/04/2012: "Rio+20 – Building on the pillars of life, development and poverty eradication"

Speech by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK, Meeting of the Committee of Infrastructure and Environment of the Dutch Parliament, The Hague

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