“When I was in high school, I organised parties and collected money to donate to Greenpeace.”
Jorgo Riss is a political scientist who worked as a journalist and academic before joining Greenpeace European Unit which he has directed since 2003. The European Unit is part of the international Greenpeace network, active in over 40 countries worldwide and with around three million supporters. Its objectives are to monitor and analyse the work of the EU institutions, expose deficient EU policies and laws, and challenge EU decision-makers to implement progressive solutions in such areas as climate change, energy, forests, oceans, chemicals and sustainable agriculture.
Jorgo represents European environmental NGOs (‘the Green 10’) in the EU Civil Society Contact Group, and is co-founder and member of the steering committee of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU), a coalition of over 140 civil society groups, trade unions, academics and public affairs firms campaigning for more transparency in EU policy-making.
During the live chat on 1. July, people discussed not only green policies with Jorgo but also the importance of having a strong lobby in Brussels.
You can find the full interview here.