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Eco-Innovation: a path to competitiveness and sustainability

30 May - 31 May 2013, Brussels (DG ENV 2013)

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In the time of crisis, the strategic focus on sustainability and green innovation plays a crucial role in staying at the forefront of global competition. Through the Eco-Innovation initiative managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), a significant contribution has been made to improve water usage efficiency, reduce (non-) hazardous/ radioactive waste, and lower green house emissions, adding up the annual environmental savings of 833 million EUR in total. While the initiative has shown the success from giving financial supports to SMEs' eco-innovation projects, more could be done to explore the unexploited resources in order to provide more employment opportunities, resource efficiency and waste reduction. A new report, which assesses the results of Competitiveness and Innovation Frame Programme (CIP) Eco-Innovation will be released at the end of May to outline the next step ahead.

On 30-31 May 2013, a group of 15 journalists (EU, Croatia, Norway) who cover environment and/or business are invited to attend a two-day seminar in Brussels that will feature the main findings and success stories of the CIP Eco-Innovation initiative. Invited journalists will have an opportunity to attend an exclusive meeting with Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment, discuss with MEPs and entrepreneurs, and get insights on how to use the EC's environmental data and resources.

The seminar will be held from 30-31 May 2013 in Brussels. Please note that participants are expected to arrive on 29 May. Departure time is planned for 1 June. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the organisers.

For more information, please contact Lisa Bushart at bushart@ejc.net.

This seminar will be held with financial and organisational support from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment.

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