EESC to discuss fighting against energy poverty

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is holding the remote debate Energy poverty at the crossroads of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Green Deal on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

The conference is co-organised by the sections for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) and Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) and aims to set energy poverty as a priority in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Green Deal and the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Access to energy is a basic human right: no one should have to choose between eating, lighting or heating their home. In 2019 over 30 million Europeans claimed to be unable to afford to keep their homes adequately warm, while 6.2% of them were unable to pay utility bills. Concerns have further increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tackling energy poverty can contribute to achieving the climate neutrality targets, reducing inequalities in the European Union and sustaining the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

The event will focus on how European organised civil society can join forces with the EU, national, regional and local authorities in order to identify practical steps to be taken and will gather together high-level representatives of EU civil society organisations as well as European, national and local institutions and the academic world.

Speakers include:

–     Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy;

–     Ana Mendes Godinho, Portuguese Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security (tbc);

–     Emmanuelle Wargon, French Minister Delegate for Housing;

–     Blaž Košorok, Slovenian State Secretary of Infrastructure;

–     Ville Niinistö, Member of the European Parliament;

–     Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC);

–     Cillian Lohan, Vice-President in charge of Communication, EESC;

–     Jeppe Mikél Jensen, Chair of the new European Energy Poverty Observatory;

–     Sarah Coupechoux, Responsible for Europe, Fondation Abbé Pierre in France;

–     Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Director of the Jacques Delors Energy Centre, Jacques Delors Institute;

–     Jagoda Munić, Director of Friends of the Earth Europe;

–     Monique Goyens, Director General of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC);

–     Helder Ferreira, Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN);

–     Freek Spinnewijn, Director of the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA);

–     Moritz Schleicher, Board Member, Generation Climate Europe / European Youth Forum;

–     Baiba Miltoviča, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), EESC;

–     Aurel Laurențiu Plosceanu, President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC), EESC;

–     Peter Schmidt, President of the Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT), EESC;

–    Oliver Röpke, President of the Workers’ Group, EESC;

–     Séamus Boland, President of the Diversity Europe Group, EESC;

–     Pierre Jean Coulon, EESC member;

–     Lutz Ribbe, EESC member.

Interpreting will be available from/into DE/EN/FR.

For the programme, please visit our website.