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A Renaissance of Industry for a Sustainable Europe (RISE): A Greens/EFA conference

Public conference
16 October 2013 from 15:00 to 18:30
European Parliament - Room A1G3 - 60 rue Wiertz - 1047 Brussels




How to reindustrialise Europe and create economic recovery, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing resource efficiency? What’s the contribution from SMEs to sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, and which policy framework suits them? How can we achieve a socially fair greening of our industries, and what does this mean for new alliances between trade unions and environmentalists?

In the context of the European Parliament’s Bütikofer report on Reindustrialising Europe to Promote Competitiveness and Sustainability, the Greens/EFA conference on a Renaissance of Industry for a Sustainable Europe (RISE) will address challenges for and opportunities of a Green industrial policy, as well as alliances and policy frameworks needed for its implementation. Speakers include ministers, policy-makers, trade union representatives, academics, business representatives, entrepreneurs. There will be plenty of opportunity for debate.



Welcome remarks
MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, Rapporteur on Reindustrialising Europe to Promote Competitiveness and Sustainability

15:10 - 16:45
Panel I : New Alliances – a Socially Responsible Greening of Industry
Facilitation: MEP Philippe Lamberts


  • Ida Auken, Minister for the Environment, Denmark
  • Béla Galgóczi, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
  • Conny Reuter, Secretary General Solidar

Questions and answers

16:45 – 18:20
Panel II : Sustainable Innovation & Entrepreneurship: what Policy Framework?
Facilitation: MEP Reinhard Bütikofer


  • Eveline Lemke, Minister for Economy, Climate, Energy and Regional Planning, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Leena Mörttinen, Director Competitiveness & Growth, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)
  • Martin Kneer, Managing Director, Wirtschaftsvereinigung Metalle (WVM)
  • Francisco Caballero Sanz, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Chief Economist & Head of Unit Industrial Competitiveness Policy for Growth

Questions and answers

Closing remarks
MEP Rui Tavares