IFLA Europe President Katerina Gkoltsiou at the 8th edition of the Day of the Liberal Professions 2024 - Conference on Professional Support for the EU Blue Deal, 7 May 2024

IFLA Europe President Katerina Gkoltsiou at the 8th edition of the Day of the Liberal Professions 2024 - Conference on Professional Support for the EU Blue Deal, 7 May 2024

Liberal Professions Category of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) proudly presents the 8th edition of the Day of Liberal Professions which will take place 7 May 2024 from 10:30 to 16.15 CEST in Brussels. This year’s theme ‘Professional Support for the EU Blue Deal’ promises to be an exciting platform for Europe’s leading professionals. Together with key policy makers from the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States, representatives of the liberal professions will seek solutions to address the growing challenges related to water.

Water is a vital but an increasingly scarce resource. As the global population grows, so does the demand for water. Almost two thirds of European citizens consider water quality and/or quantity in their country to be a serious problem. Climate change will further affect the availability, quality and quantity of water. Without action, water scarcity and poverty could concern ever larger parts of civil societies around the world, with far-reaching implications for food security, the environment, human health as well as economic, social, and political stability.

During this conference, participants will discuss the ways in which liberal professions can help find innovative solutions to put an EU Blue Deal in place and to mitigate the water-related challenges that Europe and the world will face in the years and decades to come.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, German and Italian.

The conference is open to the public. You can either join the conference in person or from remote. Prior registration for both is required. Please register until 2 May 2024 on our dedicated registration page. Please register here until 2 May 2024.

For further information consult the programme.

For questions, please write to: LiberalProfessions24(at)eesc.europa.eu

10.30 – 11.00 Opening session

Welcome address: Rudolf Kolbe, Spokesperson of the Liberal Professions Category

  • Keynote speech 1: The contributions of liberal professions towards a water-smart society European Council of Engineers Chambers - Klaus Thürriedl, President of the President of the European Council of Engineers Chambers
  • Keynote speech 2: Innovation to address climate change water threats: emerging blue engineering technologies - Pietro Francesco De Lotto, President of Consultative Commission on Industrial Change

11.00 – 12.00 Panel 1: The Blue Deal: a cross-sector approach based on different professional services
Moderator: Maurizio Mensi, Member of the Liberal Professions Category

  • The public health aspect: how to ensure high quality and affordable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services - Jan Semenza, Head of the Health Determinants Programme at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • Synergies with the Blue Deal and the UN sustainable Developments goals - Anikò Szalai, Professor of International Law at the University of Szeged
  • The planning aspect: safeguarding water, food and energy security through sustainable water management - Christian Berretta, Coordinator of the Water Sciences Division, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa
  • The financial aspect: empowering effective blue transition processes Vienna University of Economics - Josef Baumüller, Professor at the Vienna University of Economics

12.00 – 13.00 Panel 2: How liberal professions support the management of water threats: from flooding to water scarcity and drought
Moderator: Martin Böhme, Member of the Liberal Professions Category

  • Spatial planning and engineering expertise as a basis for the successful management of water-related risks - Sue Arundale, Director General of the European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Association
  • Blue surveying: the role of geodetic surveyors in the prevision, prevention and action - CLGE Seville Declaration Italian Surveyors - Enrico Rispoli, Vice President of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors, General Secretary of the National Council of Italian Surveyors
  • The relationship between excessive land use and water threats: the benefits of excellent planning solutions - Katerina Gkoltsiou, President of IFLA EUROPE

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 15.45 Panel 3: Creating a water-fit framework for Europe

Moderator: Ágnes Cser, Member of the Liberal Professions Category
Overcoming legal challenges in the implementation of the Blue Deal - Luca De Pauli, Partner at Ponti & Partners
The importance of a cross-sectoral strategy covering social, health, security, legal, financial, planning and engineering aspects: current status and way forward in Europe - Horst Lenz, President of the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Engineers
New (professional) skills for the Blue Deal - Victoria Ortega, President of the Spanish Interprofessional Organisation (Unión Professional) and First Vice President of CEPLIS Water as fundamental element of European agriculture: professional support requirements - Emese Szabó, System Development Director of KITE Agricultural Service and Trading Co.
15.45 – 16.15 Summary and comments from the Liberal Professions Category - Rudolf Kolbe, Spokesperson of the Liberal Professions Category.

For more information, please visit https://www.eesc.europa.eu/en/agenda/our-events/events/8th-edition-day-liberal-professions-2024

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