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With 25 million unemployed in 2014, Europe is still wrestling with the consequences of the crisis. It is now more than necessary to focus on economic growth in areas that can generate jobs. With 3 to 4.2 million "green jobs" created over the last decade, the green sector offers potential that cannot run unnoticed. The 2014 Commission's Green Employment initiative, together with the communications on the Circular Economy and the Green Action Plan for SMEs, will help ensure that environmental and employment policies converge and that appropriate funding is channelled to support the economic recovery process.

Organised by DG Environment in the context of the Eco-innovation Action Plan, the biannual European Forum on Eco-innovation brings together around 200 specialists from the worlds of research, industry, policy, finance, civil society and business. Over two days, participants present the latest developments in their fields and engage in discussions on a specific theme.

The 17th European Forum on Eco-innovation will be held in Lyon, France, on 1 and 2 December 2014. The Forum will examine employment opportunities and challenges arising from the transition to a green and circular economy. These will be presented through the lens of the stakeholders: worker associations, businesses, citizens and city authorities. The event will also identify and showcase eco-innovative solutions that can facilitate the up-skilling for green jobs and the greening of the labour market. It will take place at the eve of POLLUTEC 2014 (2 to 5 December) the 26th international exhibition of environmental equipments, technologies and services. It will include free access to the trade fair. Participants to the forum are invited to attend the walking tours among chosen exhibitors and to participate to the B2B meetings at the Green Days.

This event is jointly organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Environment and the French Ministry for the Ecology, the Sustainable Development and Energy with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rhône-Alpes, the Enterprise Europe Network Rhône-Alpes Auvergne and POLLUTEC Fair.

The Forum will be accompanied by a special event: the Ceremony of the European Business Awards for the Environment.

The event language is English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in French .

Admission for the forum is free but upon registration only. If you are interested to participate please request an invitation online, you will receive an answer within a week.