MISSION: The General Consultative Forum on the Environment advises the European Union (EU) on the implementation of the Fifth Action Programme on Environment, "Towards Sustainability". The Forum consists of representatives from the sectors of production, business, regional and local authorities, professional associations, unions and environmental protection and consumer organizations, and provides for consultation and exchange of information on the environment and sustainable development between its members and the EU. The EU intends this to be a dynamic process which will generate new views on the way sustainable development can be achieved in the EU, especially on the important question of competitiveness and environmental protection. The EU also hopes that the Forum will become a channel of communication whereby Forum members will pass the views developed in the meetings to the sectors concerned. In this way, the members will act as catalysts, ensuring the shared responsibility essential to achieve sustainable development.
a. COMPOSITION (Number of members per sector):
Ministries and governmental agencies: 10 Non-Governmental Organizations: 6 Academic/Research Institutions: 2 Business/Productive Sector: 13 Others: 0 TOTAL NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 31
b. LIST OF MEMBERS/ORGANIZATIONS:
Mr. Henrik Ager-Hanssen, Vice President in the Statoil Group Mr. Augusto Bocchini, President of COPA Mr. Hans-Christian Bemme, Executive Director of the Tongolmann Group Ms. Maria Buttenkamp, Director of the International Sustainability Campaign, Milieudefensie Mr. Margarida Cancel A. D'Arrell, Responsible for Regional Policy in the Alentejo Region Mr. Thierry Chambolle, Deputy Director General of Lyonnaise des Eaux Mr. Peter Coldrick, Confederal Secretary of the ETUC Mr. John Elkington, Head of SustainAbility Mr. Carlos Ferrer, President of UNICE Mr. Marco Gaasch, Member of the Comité de la Centrale Paysanne Luxembourgeoise Ms. Cristina Garcia Orcoyen, Secretary General of WWF-Spain Mr. Dieter Geiler, President of the Handwerkskammer, Braunschweig Mr. Panagiotis Goulielmos, President of the Association for the Quality of Life, Athens Mr. Soren Guldborg, President of Dansk Naturgas Mr. Dietmar Hahl Weg, Mayor of Erlagen Mr. John Kasteel, Chairman of IRU's "Transport and Environment" Task Force Mr. Klans Kohlhase, Head of Health, Safety and the Environment, British Petroleum Mr. Cor Koorenneef, Environmental Affairs Coordinator, Noord-Brabant Province Mr. George Livanos, Head of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association Mr. Armando Montanari, President of the European Environment Bureau Ms. Sandra Morelli, Regional Head of the Comitato Difesa Consumatori (Emilia-Romagna) Mr. Patrick O'Neill, Managing Director of Avonmore Foods Mr. Jonathan Porritt, Environment Adviser, World Travel and Tourism Council Mr. Girogio Porta, International Affairs Director, ENI Mr. Artemio Precioso, Environment Adviser, UGT/CC.OO Mr. Jacques Rey, Adjoint au Maire de la Ville de Marseille Mr. Giorgio Russomanno, Head of the Environment Sector of Confartigiamato Mr. Ulrich Steger, Economics Professor, European Business School Mr. Derek Wanless, Group Chief Executive, National Westminster Bank Mr. Ernst von Weizsacher, President of the Wuppertal Institute