The view from Europe's environmental professionals on the future of the EU Nature Directives formed the centre piece for ENEP's presence in Green Week 2015. As the European Commission's principle environmental policy event, Green week focused on the REFIT, the Commission's consultation and evaluation of the impact and benefits of EU nature legislation. The debate is attracting significant interest in Europe’s press. Two of the most recent articles can be found in De Standaard Belgium , the Guardian (UK) .
ENEP was fortunate to be represented in the Riverside networking area (stand 42) where it was able to present its position statement on the importance of the role played by environmental professionals in the field of nature and environment.
Our stand gave us the opportunity to network with relevant colleagues and policy-makers in Brussels, including DG Environment's Head of Biodiversity Francois Wakenhut (pictured below).
The second part of the Fitness Check consultation, seeking public opinion, is now open until 24 July. We urge all members to complete the consultation, which can be accessed from here
This year ENEP was joined by the Knowledge Hub (KHub) as its principle business partner for the 2015 event. KHub is the UK's prinicple public sector digital collaboration platform for public services and service providers. With over 190,000 members in the UK, KHub provides a secure place to exchange knowledge, ideas, insight and experience to drive productivity and innovation in public services. It helps members to:-
- Connect with peers and colleagues
- Share and retain knowledge
- Acquire essential new skills
- Make better use of time and resources
- Find real solutions
- Develop a professional reputation
- Inspire innovation and new ideas
KHub offers Social Hub and Professional Network solutions for organisations in order to provide cost effective, easy to implement services that that faciltate smart working. The partnership with ENEP is a new one for KHub and opens the door to future collaborative opportunities for the two organisations in Europe.
ENEP's stand has been kindly supported by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and the Institution for Environmental Sciences who sent representatives to support President, Kristof De Smet and the Brussels team Simon and Laurence to promote and make new connections for our network in the future.