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14.10.2011 / News - EU Level

Meeting between Potočnik and delegation of ENCORE

Meeting between the European Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Janez Potočnik, and a delegation of ENCORE Ministers in Brussels

Potočnik and delegation of ENCORE in Brussels

On 11th October 2011 delegation of ENCORE network Ministers met the European Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Janez Potočnik, at the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels.

Representatives of ENCORE described current state of affairs of the network, discussed with the Commissioner about the role of regions in executing EU environmental policies and presented problems and challenges that the regions face, e.g. water policy in Basque Country, climate change legislation in Scotland and biodiversity.

During the conversation Mr. Jarosław Słoma, Vice-Marshal of the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, presented the idea of SURF-Nature project and explained great importance of raising awareness for nature preservation and the need of providing sufficient financing from structural funds.

The Commissioner acknowledged the significance of biodiversity protection as important part of environmental policy in the European Union and confirmed the vital role of the regions in implementation of political decisions for the sustainable development.