The CPMR’s Climate Task Force held its first meeting of 2018 on 01 February at Wales House in Brussels, with around 60 participants and around 30 CPMR regions represented.

The meeting was organised into three sessions, the first of which covered internal business and involved discussions on the priorities and work plan for 2018.

There was also an update from the CPMR secretariat on the activities undertaken since the CPMR General Assembly in Helsinki, including a range of meetings with European Commission (DG CLIMA, DG ENERGIE) and climate networks/think tanks.

Session two focused on financing climate action in the EU Budget post 2020, with speakers from DG CLIMA, E3G (climate think tank) and CPMR’s Director of Cohesion, Nicolas Brookes.

Participants considered the priority that should be given to financing climate action in the MFF post-2020, in the context of the preparation of the draft.

The third session discussed the role of regions in the international climate agenda, the post-Paris agreement and looking towards COP23, COP24, and revision of the EU’s 2050 strategy.

Moderated by Renaud Layadi, Senior Adviser on Energy Transition for the Brittany Region, the debate involved speakers from DG CLIMA and a number of climate networks and think tanks (CAN Europe, Climate Alliance, Heinrich Böll Foundation, European Climate Foundation. 

The next meeting of the Taskforce will take place in Brussels (at the House of the Dutch Provinces) on 23 May – details of this event will be published on the Taskforce web-pages in the coming weeks.