Between June 27 and July 1, 2022, the Robert Schumann Institute held its multi-day series of events entitled "Sustainable development on the local level". The presentations showed good practices for the sustainable renewal of Europe based on ideas implemented at the local level, focusing on North-Eastern Hungary. The participants came from the civil and municipal spheres, several of them was from the Western Balkans. Among the speakers was the senior advisor of the Western Balkan Green Center (WBGC), who explained the activities of the Center of Excellence in Green Transition which operates under the WBGC, as well as the initiatives that are successfully implemented at the local level.
On June 29, the WBGC-3 program granted VTK Innosystem Ltd. held its inter-working conference. The authorization plan documentation prepared in the framework of the project is based on the feasibility study completed in the WBGC-1 program, which enables the seriously polluted Lake Palics and its environment recultivation in a sustainable manner. The presentation of the research results was followed by great interest both from the Hungarian and Serbian sides. The event was welcomed by Róbert Jaksa, the State Secretary of the Serbian Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the representatives of the city of Subotica was also present.
The professional conference organized by EIT (European Institute for Innovation and Technology) Food took place on June 30, which presented the organization's newest study to professionals and interested parties of the business sector. The research made a comprehensive study of the current situation of greenhouse gas emissions in Central and Eastern European countries in relation to the food industry, and also presented good practices from the region. Experts on the subject explained current consumer trends, policy plans, and the role and responsibility of businesses in this matter. Afterwards, based on the results of the study, the experts discussed the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions and their effects on the food sector in a round table discussion. The representative of the WBGC explained the challenges affecting the Western Balkan region, which is extremely exposed to the effects of climate change, as well as the projects using innovative technology granted by the WBGC.