ICLEI Brussels Office
ICLEI is represented in the capital of the European Union by the ICLEI Brussels Office. By having a presence in Brussels, ICLEI is amidst the most politically powerful institutions in Europe and representations of regional and local governments and thus in an ideal position to network and represent Members where it matters.
The Brussels Office is headed up by Peter Defranceschi. Peter holds degrees in Law, and Human Rights and Democracy in the Mediterranean. He is fluent in English, German, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Peter is joined by Project Assistant Claudia Fantini.
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Breakfast at Sustainability's
The Brussels Office is host to Europe’s leading, ongoing sustainability discussions, Breakfast at Sustainability’s (B@S). The small, informal meetings are moderated by representatives of regional and local governments. Topics covered are related to sustainable community developments that are essential to public authorities.
B@S 21 - Potential of the circular economy explored at 21st Breakfast at Sustainability's
9 November 2016
Around one hundred participants took part in the 21st ICLEI Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) event in Brussels (Belgium) on the potential of the circular economy, demonstrating the increasing interest that exists on the topic among European regions. Co-organiser of the event the Common Representation of the European Region Tyrol - South Tyrol and Trentino presented their work on integrating the circular economy, outlining ambitious waste treatment, smart energy, and CO2 reduction plans.
Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the European Parliament, gave a short overview on the state-of-the-art on circular economy at EU policy level, while Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General of DG Environment, provided an update on the latest developments from the European Commission. Ms Drake confirmed that the European Commission was on track with the Circular Economy package and urged cities and region to support the action plan though bottom-up initiatives, mentioning the importance of green public procurement for the implementation of the circular economy.
Following a video outlining the circular economy concept, a panel discussion featuring ACR+, Zero Waste Europe and Green Alliance was held, looking at ways to progress on circular economy solutions. The website of the Circular Europe Network was recommended as a source of circular economy good practice examples. Alessandro Carano from DG Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission announced the creation of an investment platform on circular economy within the European Investment Bank.
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Past Breakfast at Sustainability's
- B@S 20 - European Cities and Citizens delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals
- B@19 Sustainable urban mobility planning in small and medium-sized communities
- B@S18 David or Goliath: Engaging cities and citizens towards Paris climate change negotiations
- B@S17 Sharing – the new concept for sustainable mobility
- B@S16 Community energy - accelerating sustainable energy roll-out in Europe
- B@S15 How do Warsaw’s climate talks impact on local and regional climate and energy action planning and finance?
- B@S14 Performing better through integrated sustainability management – the RFSC tool
- B@S13 Opportunities and challenges of sustainable timber purchasing
- B@S12 Sustainable construction – procuring innovative solutions in public sector construction projects
- B@S11 Will RIO+20 waves have enough power to revitalise local processes in Europe?
- B@S10 Capitals of Biodiversity – European municipalities lead the way in local biodiversity protection
- B@S9 Smart procurement - reducing costs and saving energy
- B@S8 How to organise sustainable meetings and events in Brussels
- B@S7 Urban sustainable food supply: a win-win strategy
- B@S6 Culture and sustainable energy - today and tomorrow
- B@S5 Innovative climate change adaptation: building with nature
- B@S4 Using water more efficiently – burning issues, current approaches, new alliances at local level
- B@S3 What role for biofuels in sustainable urban mobility?
- B@S2 Financing climate champions – engaging your community in local climate action
- B@S1 The Big Bucks - Cost-effective sustainable public procurement