Ending Violence Against Women - Taking Stock and Next Steps

European Commission, Brussels,Belgium, 4th December 2018

As is close the end of the “Year of Focused Actions” implemented from European Commission, it was celebrated a meeting to put in common the outcomes of the initiative, good practices, and talk about the further steps in the subject of sexual violence.

During the session, it was highlight the important of the application of Istanbul Convention.

In that sense, the participants talk about the negative application of this document in Bulgari, where the concept of gender which is included on it, is not recognised by the Constitution, that’s why following Tribunal Constitutional of Bulgaria is not possible the application of the whole document in that state. Related with this last idea, Orthodox priest justified that even they don’t support the application of the convention in their country, they are pretty sure they will fight against sexual violence through the warmth of the religion.

Despite of the strangeness that this contribution had in some of the participants, the general idea was that is necessary to work together through enhance education for the respect and against the stereotypes to eliminate sexual violence.

RAW MATERIALS WEEK: Drivers and Solutions for Integrating Information in the EU Raw Materials Knowledge Base

Le Plaza Hotel, 15th November 2018

The third edition on ''Raw Materials'' took place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November in Brussels. This event organized by the European Commission had the objective of providing the latest news on raw materials in the EU. These sessions offered the opportunity to discuss and exchange about all relevant issues (policy, technology, international cooperation, etc). 
The main issue addressed in this conference was the Drivers and Solutions for Integrating Information in the EU. During the debate it was discussed the criticality assessment for policy making and as solutions were highlighted the supporting value chain approach of the EU industrial policy, priorising needs and actions, supporting trade agreements  negotiations drafting legislation, challenging trade distortion measures and national policy making.

Another important issue discussed was the need to complement official data, for that reason it is necessary to have a dialog with the industry. We need the data and it is a really challenging exercise because we need official data and industry data, and a really good role of RMES.

On the other hand, It was also discussed about the European partner network because communication is a key factor. EIT Raw Materials InfoCenter is a digital collaboration and Networking platform launched in June 2017 and it has already 500 registered users (partners contacts, Project co-ordinators, KIC and EIT staff). With this platform all users receive monthly News and Events update and a current Technical support – PRODYNA.

We can conclude that this conference was a great success, addressing these very interesting topics and many more, with an abundant participation of the attendees.

1st ECCO Policy Workshop on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care.

University Foundation Room Félicien Cattier Rue d'Egmont 11 1000 Brussels, Belgium,31st October 2018

Today we present a topic that currently affects all kinds of people regardless of gender and age, we are talking about Cancer, and the importance of good treatment and the application of good policies so that the result is the patient's good health.

The 31st October took place the ‘’1st ECCO Policy Workshop on Multidisciplinary Cancer Care’’ in the University Foundation of Brussels, this topic was treated from a professional, technical and natural point of view.

The doctor-patient relationship is not as close as it could be. It is necessary that the main objective in any treatment is the patient, the centre of any interest, in which, every doctor or professional that surrounds him/her cooperates in a united way and investing in the best technologies to achieve the same purpose: Healing the patient in a close way. For the point of view of the patient integrated care is the only natural solution, because a single, consistent and well-coordinated patient pathway throughout the course and trajectory of the disease and care. If this idea is not met, something is being done wrong and must be rectified, new measures or new systems must be applied and encourage cooperation in the hospital setting.

During the conference it was announced that by applying the current best practices and technology, some 120.000 lives could be saved by year. Taking into account this large number, these new policies must be carried out to save all these lives because only the integration and multidisciplinary cab ensure smooth and seamless transitions when patients are moving between levels and sectors of health care.

During the presentation were highlighted also the action of the European Union and the need for organised and consistent approach to cancer screening at EU level and updates of existing guidelines for cancer screening. We need also a harmonised quality assurance and evidence based strategies for early detection and management for patients with cancer.

GIS in the European Union

Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Brussels,Belgium, 7th and 8th November 2018

 In the context of the EU Summit, the third edition of the Geographic Information System was about applying location intelligence in order to enable decision and policy making process. During the meeting it was highlighted the importance of put in common and order a huge amount of information in order to provided interesting data to help daily people life, enterprises work, and government tasks. Accordingly, creative examples of how to organised data through maps were put in common.

In that sense, Jeffrey Peters, Director of Global Business Development in Esri, talked about the big changes that are happening in geographical issues and the importance of sharing information in order to create smart cities which could operate in real time through Geographic Information Systems. Regarding this idea, very interesting and specific initiatives were showed to the audience as Moses and Clara projects in order to provide water to crops taking to account a big amount of information related to soil and whether for a determinate place and time.

Also it seemed very worthy the National Geographic Institute of Belgium initiative which allow authorities and specialized staff security to act in case of emergency. Further, speakers as Ingrid Vanden Berghe underscore not to forget the important role that nowadays play in our society mapping agencies and information brokering.

#BeCircular Annual Meeting 2018

Tour & Taxis, Brussels, 24th October 2018

In Brussels it was held the annual meeting of the Circular Economy Regional Program entitled « Bruxelles, Région pionnière en économie circulaire». This conference wanted to show the different actions that make the Brussels-Capital Region a pioneering in the topic

The circular approach represents a concrete chance for the European Union. It would generate new economic advantages that will regard business competitiveness, innovation, and job opportunities. At the same time, closing the loop will help Europe to reduce the damages produced by an economy that exceeds the environmental capacity. These achievements are strongly related with the EU priorities mentioned in the treaties. The art.3 (3) TEU laid down that the Union “shall work for the sustainable development of Europe based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment. It shall promote scientific and technological advance.”   

The Circular Economy Regional Program represents, thus, a means to enhance EU policy initiatives. The meeting was an opportunity for several stakeholders to debate, exchange ideas, and express the progress made after two years from the inauguration of the program.

 At the beginning of the conference, D. Gosuin and Fadila Laanan presented the political efforts already done toward circularity in Brussels. Then, the participants had the possibility to look closely at new economic activities developed in the area, and to directly speak with their actors. The enterprises were involved in different domains: Construction, New Economic Models, Food, Zero Waste, Logistic, Design.


In the case of construction, it was organized a visit to the “Centre Culturel et Sportif Tour à Plomb”. The aim was to briefly present how the circular economy concept can be implemented within the renovation of constructions.

The centre was an old metal factory, which has been abandoned more than 20 years ago. Accordingly, the municipality of Brussels decided to renovate it, by taking advantage of the existing structure and the old facades. In this way, any virgin material was extracted. Additionally, by avoiding the demolition process, it was prevented the generation of debris.

 The interior of the place looks comfortable for the visitors. It has various openings, which provide natural light.

Picture2Part of the structure reused with some reinforces to be appropriate for the new use.



The building was projected to integrate a variety of uses. For example, it involves cultural, sports, and learning activities. Or, the public school located next to the building can use the installation to give classes to its students. For all these reasons, the project represents effective instruments to raise awareness within the community about circular economy processes. 

 In the second part of the conference, several experts intervened. Between the others, Julia Vol, a representative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, concluded that in order to face city’s impacts it is necessary to create a collaborative network which unifies public government with private business. She said that we need to: “Manage the ecosystem of the business in environmental issues, with collaboration between neighborhoods and government getting a city with innovation, creating more revenues and jobs.

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