The two-day workshop took place on September 12th-13th at the College of Europe campus in Natolin. They were attended by nearly 150 students, specialists from all over Europe. On the first day, the Polish COP24 Presidency experts introduced them to the issues related to Katowice Rulebook - a document developed during the Katowice Summit in order to implement the Paris Agreement. Marek Tabor, the Director of the College of Europe Development Department greeted the guests.
The Natolin campus was established in 1992. From the outset, our main goal was to bring people from all over Europe together, teach them how to understand each other, make plans together and achieve common goals. Today, we are honoured that we can participate in the joint effort to implement the Paris Agreement by being your hosts - said Director Marek Tabor.
Michał Kurtyka, the President of COP24 spoke next.
Today, you are going to discuss the Katowice Rulebook. You are going to be acquainted with that complex document by my colleagues - the Polish team negotiators who have been directly involved in creating it - said Kurtyka. - Katowice have left a mark in the history of COPs as an end of a certain era. Up until now, the international community has been negotiating the legal provisions which laid the groundwork for us. We are now starting to work to implement these provisions.
During the first day of the workshops, titled: “Katowice Rulebook - what’s next?”, the participants attended classes devoted to, among others: mitigation, adaptation, implementation and transparency. They have also discussed the plans for COP25, i.e. the plans to implement Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The second day of the workshops, titled: “Coal regions in transition and the Energy Community” was organised as a joint effort between the College of Europe, Energy Community, the European Commission, the World Bank and the Polish COP24 Presidency.