Oregi stresses the leading environmental role of the Basque Country among the most advanced European regions
- Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe (ENCORE) in Bilbao
The Basque Government's Minister for the Environment and Territorial Policy, Ana Oregi, stressed the environmental progress achieved by the Basque Country and its positioning among the most advanced regions according to the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), to representatives of twelve European regions. The representatives will be in Bilbao today and tomorrow to take part in the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe – ENCORE.
“Our environmental policy over the last three decades has allowed us to position the Basque Country among the most advanced European regions, both in terms of the policies and instruments implemented, and the results obtained," pointed out the Minister for the Environment of the Basque Country at the opening of the international meeting which is particularly concerned about the effects of Climate Change.
During the two days of the ENCORE Conference meeting in Bilbao, twelve European regions will consider best practices in different environmental areas, including climate change, energy, air quality, water and tourism in protected areas.
“According to the Environmental Performance Report (EPI), the Basque Country is in fourth place on a par with countries such as Norway, France of Austria,” explained Oregi. She went on to stress that “the Basque Country is at the start of a new stage in its environmental policy reflecting the concern about Climate Change”.
”The threats to the environment are global, but we believe that local responses are essential and therefore the role of networking provided by networks such as ENCORE is a key instrument when it comes to showcasing the work of our governments. The cooperation between different sub-national governments and the sharing of experiences between everyone is a key aspect to ensure that we can build innovative environmental policies that address those challenges," highlighted the Minister.
The Basque Government's Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Policy, an active member of the conference, will showcase the contents of the Basque Ecodesign Meeting 2014, which will gather in Bilbao three hundred professionals working in service and product design on 17 November. The UNESCO Chair of the University of the Basque Country will also address the relationship between the ecosystem services, and territorial management and planning.
The meeting is also an opportunity for the Basque Government’s Environment Ministry to hold a meeting with representatives of the German state of Bavaria to analyse future environmental cooperation projects under the agreement signed between that region and the Basque Autonomous Community last July.
The ENCORE Conference is a forum for discussing environmental issues of regional significance and regions from all over Europe take part. Apart from being a means for cooperation between regions and to exchange experiences, this forum enables regions to establish a common position and exert their collective influence on the formulation of environmental policy within the European Union.
On 16 May, Oregi took part in the Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe (ENCORE) in Munich, chaired by Marcel Huber, the Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection of the State of Bavaria.
The European regions analyse their approaches, concerns, analysis and specific problems related to the environment. ENCORE is a platform and a forum for the Environment Ministers and other key European regional leaders to adopt decisions on environmental and sustainable development issues. This contributes to the effective implementation of EU environmental policy to improve environmental governance and to foster sustainable development in its regions.
ENCORE refers to the Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe. It is a political platform and forum for Environment Ministers and other relevant political leaders of the regions of Europe relating to Environmental and Sustainable Development issues.
ENCORE is dedicated to political co-operation between the regional Environment Ministers in Europe. ENCORE aims to contribute to the effective implementation of EU environmental policy, to improve environmental governance and to foster sustainable development in the regions of Europe.
Therefore, ENCORE: provides politicians with a forum for discussing environmental issues of regional significance, enables regions to establish a common position and exert their collective influence on the formulation of environmental policy within the European Union, especially by means of meetings with EU Commissioners and authorities, and facilitates cooperation, exchange of experiences, innovation and common activities among regions on environmental issues.