3rd Forum on the EU Mission Adaptation to Climate ChangE


22-23 May 2024 Brussels, Belgium

Wednesday 22 May 

Pre-forum site visits and social event (optional)

8:30 - 17:00 Site visit to Wallonia: Visit to the Vesdre Valley
10:30 - 17:00 Site visit to Flanders: Visit to the city of Mechelen and the Vrouwvliet river
13:30 - 17:00 Site visit in Brussels: Visit to Tour & Taxis / Brussels port
13:30 - 17:00 Site visit in Brussels: Visit to Sonian Forest
19:00 - 21:00 Pre-forum networking event @ Town Hall of Saint Gilles
See here for more information.

More information about the site vistis can be found here.


Thursday 23 May 

Third Forum for the EU’s Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change 

Location: BEL Brussels, Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels, Belgium 

08:30-09:30  Registration and refreshments  
09:30-10:10  Opening  
  - Welcoming words by master of ceremony, Katrina Sichel
- Alain Maron, Minister for Climate, Environment, Energy and Participatory Democracy, Government of the Brussels-Capital Region 
- Wopke Hoekstra, Commissioner for Climate Action, European Commission
- Vasco Cordeiro, President of the European Committee of the Regions (video message) 
10:10-10:15  Framing of panel by Philippe Henry, Vice-President and Minister for Climate, Energy, Infrastructure and Mobility, Government of Wallonia (video message) 
10:15-12:15  Panel discussion: Adaptation on the fast-track 
  Moderated by Elina Bardram, Mission Manager, Director, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission 

- Viktor Haase, State Secretary in the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia 
- Eva Jensen, Head of Climate Change, Energy and Transport Programme, European Environment Agency 
- François Decoster, Vice-President in charge of culture, heritage, regional languages and international relations of the Region Hauts de France
- Valvanera Maria Ulargui Aparicio, Director General, Spanish Office for Climate Change
- Connie Hedegaard, Chair of the Board, Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change 

  Audience Q&A  
  Project showcase:  
- Gyða Einarsdóttir, Association of Local Authorities in Iceland 
- Roald Wolters, National roundtable of Mission regions of the Netherlands 
12:15-13:45  Lunch and networking 
13:45-13:50  Framing of panel by Matthias De Moor, General Representative of Flanders to the EU 
13:50-15:45  Panel discussion: Integrating funds for adaptation and interlinkages with the Mission Cities 
  Moderated by Rosalinde van der Vlies, Clean Planet Director, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission 

- Elina Roine, Director of Operations Support & Climate, European Investment Bank 
- Joško Klisović, President of the Assembly and Member of the European Committee of the Regions, City of Zagreb
- Salla Saastamoinen, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission 
- Nicola de Michelis, Director, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission 

  Audience Q&A 
Project showcase:  
- Stella Psarropoulou, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Thessaloniki 
- Aki Ishiwa, Policy Officer, Region Emilia Romagna 
- Zoé Buyle-Bodin, Policy Adviser, Region Normandy France
15:45-17:30  Networking in Atrium and Restaurant  
17:30-18:00  Closing 
  Elina Bardram, Mission Manager, Director Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission  

Closing words by master of ceremony, Katrina Sichel 

18:00-19:00 Drinks reception 

Social events:

Wed, 22 May 2024


Thu, 23 May 2024

BEL Brussels
Avenue du Port 86C