European Union Green Jobs Tour 2011 - Greening the Economy

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Participants of the Green Jobs Tour 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein. © Heinrich Boell Foundation.

October 14, 2011

In cooperation with the BlueGreen Alliance, the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Climate Network brought eight representatives of labor unions and environmental organizations on a green-jobs focused tour to Europe from September 26 to October 5, 2011. Participants met with political decision makers, policy experts and economic leaders of green businesses in Berlin, throughout the German states of Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia as well as Brussels. The main objective of the tour was two-fold: exposing the participants to Germany’s energy transition to renewables as well as introducing European partners to the benefits of an institutionalized partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations. Among the highlights of the trip was a luncheon discussion with the EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard.

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