June 14th, 2022, 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Hybrid Event with the opportunity to participate
- Online via web stream
- at venue in Vienna, Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien
Europe is facing numerous big challenges. Possible solutions must be thoroughly debated, as their success will be decided not only at the European or member states’ level, but also and foremost in the European regions.
In this conference we debate both national and cross border considerations focussing particularly on rural areas’ resilience in face of climate change, sustainable recovery and current geopolitical concerns. The panel, online as well as in person participants will be discussing the following key questions: How can European rural regions help member states and the EU to emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crises? How can regions contribute to strengthening strategic autonomy in the areas of energy, food security, and resources? Which resources and which prerequisites are necessary?
Conference language is English.
Participation is free of charge, registration is necessary.
17:00 Welcome, Jacek Pijanowski, President, Ecosocial Forum Poland, Krakow & Hans Mayrhofer, General Secretary, Ecosocial Forum Austria & Europe, Vienna, Huberta Heinzel, European Parliament Liaison Office in Austria, Leszek Książek, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying of the University of Agriculture in Krakow
17:05 Opening, Wilhelm Molterer, Member of the Board, Ecosocial Forum Austria & Europe, Vienna
17:15 Rural Regions Contributing to Strategic Autonomy and European Resilience (video message), Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, European Commission, Brussels
17:30 Framework conditions for sustainable European resource security, Janusz Wojciechowski (TBC), Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission, Brussels
17:45 How can European rural areas collaborate to strengthen strategic autonomy?, Martin Fritsch, Subject Matter Expert, dss+, Zurich
18:00 Impacts of Climate Change for European rural areas as production sites, as retention areas …, Andrzej Wałęga, Chair of Sanitary Engineering and Water Economies, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying at the University of Agriculture in Krakow
18:15 Discussion: How can European rural regions help member states and the EU to emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crises?
Dacian Cioloș, MEP, Member – Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Brussel
Lukas Mandl, MEP, Vice-Chair – Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Brussels
Christoph Metzker, Board Director, RWA – Raiffeisen Ware Austria Aktiengesellschaft, Korneuburg
Marianne Penker, Professor for Rural Sociology and Rural Development, Deputy Head, Institute for Sustainable Economic Development University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
18:50 Synopsis & Closing remarks, Wilhelm Molterer
Bookings are no longer possible for this event.