It is a great honour for me to welcome you in Marseille for the 32nd edition of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.
We planned to meet in 2020 but it was postponed! The situation in Europe and the world is not the same as it was 4 years ago. A number of events and changes have shown that we need stability and energy security.
On 11 December 2019, Ursula von der Leyen announced the European Green Deal. The COVID crisis forced Europe to accompany it with the “Next Generation EU” recovery plan. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the “Fit for 55” package was accompanied by the “RePowerEU” plan, which aims to save energy and diversify our supply at an affordable price. The “Farm to fork strategy”, the “Nature protection package”, the “law to fight global deforestation and forest degradation”, the “Net-Zero Industry Act”, the “Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism” and the “Refuel EU Aviation and Maritime” are just some of the Green Deal measures that have been put in place over the last four years.