Sustainability within the Capital Market Union: ensuring alignment with EU social and environmental commitments

Date: 15 June 2016
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: European Parliament - 60 Rue Wiertz, 1047 Bruxelles

The EU's Capital Market Union project (CMU), as launched by its September 2015 Action Plan, largely side-lines sustainability, the environment and climate change, standing it in contrast to the European Union's broader policy commitments. In taking such a narrow approach, the CMU risks undermining long-term economic sustainability and the EU's role as a global leader in corporate social and environmental responsibility.

The purpose of this European Parliament event is to discuss how to ensure the CMU is better aligned with the EU's broader sustainability commitments. This event will focus on two corporate social and environmental issues, land grabbing and climate change, to demonstrate the involvement of EU financiers and explore policy options.

This event is co-hosted by: MEP Sirpa Pietikainen EPP, MEP Sven Giegold the Greens/EFA, MEPs Rina Ronja Kari and Miguel Viegas GUE/NGL and MEP Paul Tang, S&D.

External experts will speak from the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System (confirmed), Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law (confirmed), Aviva (to be confirmed) and NGOs working on the these issues globally (confirmed). Representatives from the European Commission (to be confirmed) and Members of the European Parliament (confirmed) will then be asked to respond and consider concrete proposals for action.

The event is supported by the following NGOs: Finance Watch, Global Witness, Friends of the Earth Europe, ActionAid, WWF European Policy Office, SOMO, Rainforest Action Network, ShareAction and FERN.


Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 16:00 to 18:00 (CEST)


European Parliament (room PHS 1C051) - 60 Rue Wiertz, 1047 Bruxelles


Please note that the event is SOLD OUT.