High Level Hearing, 28 September: How can the decisions of today’s Europe better consider future needs?

The High Level Hearing: How can the decisions of today’s Europe better consider future needs? will take place on Monday 28 September, 15.00 – 19.00hrs in the European Parliament. The event is organised by the World Future Council and Mr Benedek Jávor MEP Greens, 1st Vice-Chair ENVI Committee, co-hosted with Ms Sirpa Pietikainen MEP (EPP) and Mr Jo Leinen MEP (SnD).

The steering capacity of governance at various political levels in Europe is challenged by complex processes. These can be characterised by threshold and cascade effects and have long-term, cross border consequences on the economy, human health and well-being, and the proper functioning of ecosystems. Despite on-going efforts to re-shape EU policies, comprehensive solutions for improved governance are missing. At the landmark turning point of the SDGs, questions arise of how Europe will fully implement this complex and challenging agenda. Efforts must turn to creating a strategic framework and governance structure that adds a long term perspective to policy making and guarantees that intergenerational justice prevails in the EU policy processes. In doing so, it allows the EU to tackle trade-offs and ensure harmonisation and policy coherence from first inception to application.

What can we, in Europe, do to facilitate this shift from short-sightedness in policy making towards long-term decision making? What is the way forward and why does it matter?

More information about the hearing along with an agenda will be available shortly. Invited speakers include Mr János Pásztor, UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, Mr Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures in Wales.

In the meantime: Read about an EU guardian for future generations in the concept note written by Catherine Pearce!

EU Guardian for Future Generations – Concept Note

Posted by Future Justice on 26 June 2015

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