This year EU Green Week focused on skills for sustainable, resilient, and socially fair communities. As part of this campaign, EU4Environment organised an online regional meeting “Enhancing skills for a green transition in the Eastern Partnership” on 8 June 2023.
This event targeted both the public authorities and business sector.
A distinguished panel of speakers from international institutions and the region presented for government officials:
- e-learning course on green economy for civil servants
- overview of capacity building events on environmental compliance assurance systems
- trainings on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) with a special session on Ukraine in support of greening the post-war reconstruction of cities.
Representatives from business sector learnt more about:
- eco-labelling and introduction of a new course
- circular economy principles and practices.
Since 2019, EU4Environment has been supporting the civil servants, experts, businesses from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries to boost their awareness, knowledge and build skills on green economy through a variety of targeted trainings and regional knowledge sharing.
The 2023 EU Green Week, in the framework of the European Year of Skills, aims to create a new momentum to reach the EU 2030 social targets of at least 60% of adults in training every year, and at least 78% in employment. To contribute to these ambitious targets, the EU4Environment implementing partners were called to focus this year on skills for sustainable, resilient and socially fair communities. The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness and educate people in the region about the importance of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable living practices, highlighting the importance of “green” skills – skills which will empower people to join and contribute to a green transition.
Meeting and Related Documents:
Session 2: Empowering public authorities
Upgrading skills for stronger enforcement of environmental compliance (Olga Olson, OECD)
Greening cities with Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) (Leonid Kalashnyk, UNECE)
Upscaling policy action on green economy (Alex Leshchynskyy, UNEP, and Alen Amirkhanian, AUA Acopian Center for the Environment)
Sessions 3: Empowering business sector
Greening products with eco-labelling (Lesya Nikolayeva and Laetitia Montero, UNEP, and Natalia Guranda, NGO ‘EcoContact’)
Ways for enterprises to save resources starting from RECP (Johannes Frenser (UNIDO), Nikoloz Javshanashvili (Georgia Technical University), Kateryna Savchuk (Regional Development Agency of Khmelnytskyi oblast, Ukraine), Larisa Tcaci (Technical University of Moldova), Mirlazim Dadashov (UNEC Sustainable Development and Green Economy, Azerbaijan)
Item 4. Spreading green thinking among individuals and communities
Vision by young generation on upskilling for environment (Maria Yesayan, Young European Ambassador)