Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

A Flagship event of the ME has been launched in Bratislava within the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union

Hundreds of experts, representatives of international organizations, universities, business sector, civil society and investors came together in the Slovak capital to discuss about a more efficient use of natural resources in all sectors of the economy. The most important international conference with the participation of prominent "The transition to the Green Economy (T2gE)" was organized by the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak republic during the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union. The two-day flagship event will open the Minister of Environment, László Sólymos today in Bratislava.

The aim of the green economy is to improve the efficiency of the use of resources such as water and energy, and this way to achieve an economic growth and development, which will avoid the devastation of the environment, biodiversity loss. At the same time it shall strengthen social cohesion and equality in society.

"With this conference we want to create a space for open discussion and a wide exchange of views and experiences on how to initiate a new era of economic transformation to one that respects the environment and social aspects of development," said Minister László Sólymos.

With the choice of the main theme of the conference Slovakia naturally reacts to the current global crisis, which is related to rapid population growth, scarcity of natural resources, a rise in prices, the loss of biodiversity and climate change.

"We must realize that it is high time to start to respect the capacity of the planet and to act more responsibe. The transition to a green economy will require courageous and visionary decisions. We have to change our way of thinking and decision making, " the Minister added.

The outputs from the event in the form of policy recommendations will be presented by the Slovak Presidency at the meeting of ministers of environment of countries of the OECD in Paris and at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Environment.

Experts from the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy closely cooperated in preparing the Conference. Invitations were accepted by more than 500 participants from 32 countries.

Communication Department of the ME SR