Local and regional authorities are crucial actors in environmental protection, as they are often responsible for rule-making and undertaking investments, and can have inspection and oversight functions.
Therefore, local and regional authorities must be considered as genuine partners within the governance structure underpinning the implementation of EU environment law and participate jointly with the other tiers of government in the formulation of EU policies, not least through the Committee of the Regions.
The CoR Opinion on the role of local and regional authorities in future environmental policy (CdR 164/2010 final) underlined the necessity of involving them in all phases of EU policy, and suggested to set up a regular forum to address regional and local problems and solutions in the application of EU environment law.
The Technical Platform became one of the actions referred to in the European Commission's 2012 Communication on better implementation in the area of environment (COM(2012)95 final).
The General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 "Living well, within the limits of our planet" (7th EAP), as decided by the European Parliament and the Council, gives a renewed impetus to implementation.
The Technical Platform is explicitly referred to in point 59 of the 7th Environment Action Programme. This places it on a sound and long-term basis. The CoR and DG Environment services are currently exploring how to further enhance the platform on the basis of this reinforced mandate.
The Technical Platform is a new forum set up by the Committee of the Regions' Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) and DG ENV aimed at fostering dialogue on local and regional problems and solutions in the application of EU environment law. It was launched by Commissioner Janez Potočnik and CoR Vice-President Mercedes Bresso on 5 December 2012.
The objectives of the Technical Platform are:
to provide technical input to the work of the CoR's ENVE commission, thereby reinforcing an evidence-based approach in its ongoing work in this field.
The Technical Platform is mainly aimed at bringing together practitioners from local and regional administrations in the European Union, experts and stakeholders, EU officials as well as interested CoR members.
In practice, the work of the technical platform is carried out through meetings co-organised by the Secretariat of the Committee of the Regions' Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy and the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission, in cooperation with relevant ad-hoc partners on issues of the agenda.
Up to two meetings of the Technical Platform are to be held each year on thematic issues of common interest. These meetings will normally be held during or in association with the EU Green Week and the EU Open Days.
In November 2012, the CoR adopted an Opinion "Towards a 7th Environment Action Programme: Better Implementation of EU environment law".
The 6th meeting took place on 14 October 2015 during the OPEN DAYS- European Week of Regions and Cities 2015. It will consisted of a workshop held at the Committee of the Regions on 'Regions open for green business: environment legislation as the driving force', co-organised with the Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe (ENCORE).
For the summary of the workshop, see proceedings on the OPEN DAYS 2015 website.
The 5th meeting took place on 4 June 2015 during the EU Green Week. It consisted of a session on 'Natura 2000 as a source of regional identity and values'.
The 4th meeting took place on 8 October 2014 during the OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities. It consisted of a workshop on 'Improving waste water management - support from the European Structural and Investment Funds'
The 3rd meeting took place on 4 June 2014 during the EU Green Week. It consisted of a session on 'Gearing up cities for the circular economy'.
The 2nd meeting took place on 9 October 2013 during the OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities. It consisted of a workshop on 'Waste management systems - investing in line with the waste hierarchy'.
The 1st meeting took place on 6 June 2013 during EU Green Week. It consisted of two Green Week sessions on "Urban air quality - challenges and opportunities for European green cities" and on "New ways in governance to help cities improve air quality".
Session 8.1 - Urban air quality - challenges & opportunities for European green cities:
Session 9.1 - New ways in governance to help cities improve air quality:
Coinciding with the launch of the Technical Platform, a conference on "Driving better implementation in our cities and regions - a key element in the 7th Environment Action Programme" took place on 5 December 2012 in Brussels.
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