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EU Dialogue: Driving positive change in the Meetings Industry

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As part of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Brussels-Capital Region occupies the Belgian seat for tourism. This gives it the legitimacy to play an active role in this area. In this context, the Brussels-Capital Region is keen to highlight the importance of business tourism through the Meetings Industry sector.

To this end, – in collaboration with JMIC (Joint Meeting Industry Council), CityDNA (City Destinations Alliance) and EEIA (European Exhibition Industry Alliance) – is organising an event to bring together European players in the Meetings Industry to discuss the transition of this sector towards one with a positive impact. The aim is to open a dialogue with the European authorities on the importance of this sector for Europe, both economically and socially.

The main theme of the conference is the Meeting Industry with a positive impact. In other words, how this sector can contribute to organising events that highlight the advantages of a destination, its intellectual capital and its infrastructure, while maximising its overall impact towards greater diversity, equality and inclusion, but also towards an industry that is aware of social and environmental issues and is ready to make sustainable changes to the way it operates.

Another objective is to open a dialogue with the European authorities on the importance of this sector for Europe, both economically and socially.

The program will focus on key themes for the Meetings Industry in Europe and its development into a positive-impact sector such as: the importance of professional events for the European Union (in terms of economic impact, innovation, trade, etc.), sustainability, the EU Tourism Pathway, trade policy, etc.

Take part in the dialogue between the Meetings Industry and European policy-makers on how to achieve a positive impact for society and destinations. Registrations:


Towards thriving territories: the potential of nature-based solutions

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This traditional informal event of each Council presidency, co-organised by Brussels Environment at BEL Brussels, Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels, on April 29 from 6 PM, consists of a round table followed by a reception. It gathers key players in the European decision-making process to take part in in-depth discussions on a topic contributing to defining an holistic approach of climate change and biodiversity challenges.

The theme of this edition, ‘Towards thriving territories: the potential of Nature-based Solutions’, reflects the three priorities of the Belgian Presidency: Adaptation and Resilience, Circular Economy and Just Transition.

The event will kick off with high-level prospective studies that will be presented for the first time. They will feed in the upcoming discussions and will set out the challenges and potential of nature-based solutions, which have been endorsed in numerous European regulations and strategies across sectors beyond the environment, to promote prosperous territories.

The event is jointly organised by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Brussels Environment.


Event calendar for April in the Brussels-Capital Region


Type of eventName of eventStart dateEnd dateLocation
Official eventConnecting Europe Days2/04/20245/04/2024SQUARE
Official eventEU Dialogue: Driving positive change in the meeting industry16/04/202417/04/2024Sparks
OtherHealthy cities, healthy people: Pathways for clean air in the EU’s urban environments 23/04/202423/04/2024nhow Brussels Bloom Hotel
Official eventLab focusing on the Urban Agenda for the EU24/04/202424/04/
Official eventUrban policy expert meeting (UDG)25/04/202425/04/2024Namur
Official eventTowards thriving territories: the potential of nature-based solutions 29/04/202429/04/2024Auditorium Brussels Environment