Join our discussions on tax justice and climate change

Spring Alliance, with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation, is organising two events on climate change and social justice that will take place on December 4 and 5, 2013, at the European Parliament.

Social Platform is organising the conference "Go green, be social", on December 5 from 9 to 12. This event is hosted by MEP Pervenche Berès, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. It will look at how to shape an integrated approach to climate change and energy policies – combining social, environmental and economic aspects. Decision-makers and academics will address the following key questions:

  • What environmental taxation and EU fiscal instruments are needed to promote a fair energy transition?
  • How can we ensure that the burden is fairly shared between consumption and production activities, without impacting the most vulnerable consumers?
  • What does a taxation shift from labour to environment actually mean for the sustainability of our welfare system?

Speakers include:
Heather ROY, President of Social Platform; Lucas CHANCEL, independent researcher; Heinz ZOUREK, Director General of DG TAXUD; Shahin VALLÉE, Herman Van Rompuy’s Cabinet member on Financial reform; Robert STRAUSS, Head of unit, Employment Analysis, DG EMPL; Paulus ARNOLDUS, Unit for Economic Analysis of Energy, Transport, Climate Change and Cohesion Policy, DG ECFIN; Chris LENON, Chair of Green Taxation WG at BUSINESS EUROPE; András LUKÁCS, Green Budget Europe’s Vice-President; Prof. Stefan BOUZAROVSKI, Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy, University of Manchester; Bernadette SÉGOL, ETUC Secretary General.

For more information, please visit our website. To register for this event please download and fill in this form and email it to: Francesca Parente by November 28 at 12.00.

The second event "Shaping the 2030 Climate Framework around People and Planet" is organised by the European Environmental Bureau and it will take place on 4 December from 14 to 16 at the European Parliament. It is hosted by Bas Eickhout MEP, Shadow Rapporteur of the European Parliament’s own initiative report “A 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies”.

The Spring Alliance invites policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss how the 2030 climate and energy policy framework can be best designed to provide an ambitious and socially just response to climate change.

  • What is at stake in terms of fighting climate change and what response is needed?
  • What instruments do we need to achieve sustainable economy-wide decarbonisation, create jobs and foster wellbeing?
  • How can we ensure a fair energy transition that will not leave vulnerable households behind?

To register, please fill in this form. For more information, contact Susanna Williams.