Brussels Daily
24 Jun 2015


Brussels Daily

Catherine Day to retire: Commission appoints new Secretary-General and reshuffles its senior management

Today the European Commission appointed Mr Alexander Italianer as new Secretary-General, following Catherine Day’s decision to retire from active service. The Commission also decided on the reshuffle of posts within its senior management team to ensure effective delivery on the policy priorities set out by President Jean-Claude Juncker. This decision follows a consultation process set in motion by the President in March 2015. Continuity and change being equally important for the success of this College, a significant number of current senior managers will be taking on new responsibilities. Detailed information is available in the press release in here.

Commissioner Arias Cañete to visit Italy on Energy Efficiency

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, will travel to Italy on 25 and 26 June. On Thursday 25 June he will meet the Italian Minister for Economic Development, Federica Guidi, to discuss energy policy developments, including energy efficiency and renewable energy targets, energy infrastructures, infringements and the Mediterranean strategy. He will then address the Italian Parliament following their recently published formal position on the Energy Union. On Friday 26 June the Commissioner will participate in the conference “Sustainable Solutions for Energy, Climate and Food Security”, organised by the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission at the EU Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. During the conference best practices in the agri-food sector for increasing the share of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency will be presented, as encouraged by the Energy Union strategy. Commissioner Arias Cañete will open the session (11:00) together with Simon Coveney, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine and Minister for Defence. The Commissioner will refer to the findings of the Joint Research Centre’s report “Energy use in the EU food sector”. The report and event will highlight the central role of sustainable energy in the agri-food sector, which accounts for around 30% of world’s total energy consumption and around 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions. In the EU, 17% of our energy consumption is used in the food and agricultural sector. Hashtag: #Energy4Food. More information on the event’s website. 

‘Closing the Loop’: Stakeholder Conference on Circular Economy

On Thursday 25 June, the European Commission organises the ‘Closing the Loop’ stakeholder conference. More than 400 people are expected to gather in Brussels to provide input to the ongoing public consultation on the circular economy, which is collecting views on different policy options. The Conference will be opened by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and closed by Vice-President Jyrki Katainen. It will include contributions from Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Karmenu Vella. The Commission will then present a new Circular Economy Package before the end of 2015. Global competition for resources is increasing while the concentration of resources outside the EU, particularly critical raw materials, is making European industry and society dependent on imports. Policies must be developed which aid the transition to a more circular economy, which retains the value of products and materials for as long as possible, increases resource independence, and promotes competitiveness, innovation and job creation. The Commission’s consultation covers raw material use and product design, production processes, business models, waste and recycling, and consumer behaviour. Participation in the stakeholder conference and public consultation is open to all those who wish to contribute to shaping EU policy on the circular economy. The full programme, as well as the online live broadcast of the stakeholder conference can be found here.

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