The Court holds that the General Court must reconsider whether the Commission was justified in classifying the implied and unlimited guarantee granted by the French Republic to the Institut français du pétrole as State aid.
Sustainable transport, renewable energy, industrial innovation, social housing, internet and mobile telecommunications investment will benefit from EUR 5 billion of new financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). During the two-day meeting in Bucharest this week the Board of the European Investment Bank decided to support transformational projects across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, will attend the 10th Citizens’ Energy Forum in Dublin, Ireland, respectively on 20 and 21 of September.
The emerging field of organic electronics is already altering the way we use technology. From light emitting diode displays used in televisions, computers and mobile phones, to panels that convert sunlight into electricity, research institutes and companies are increasingly focusing on the potential of these applications. Enter SmartLine and CORNET, the EU-funded projects tackling the issue of manufacturing in this sector.
“The goal is simple: to ensure that, by 2030, all plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable, that more than half of EU plastic waste is recycled (today it is only 30%), and that demand for recycled plastics in Europe grows at least four-fold (today only 6% of the plastics used in products put on the EU market come from recycling). To support innovation in this field and guide future funding decisions, the Commission will develop a Strategic Research Innovation Agenda for Plastics. In the meantime, and by 2020, Horizon 2020 will have invested more than 350 million euros in plastics innovation.”
On 18 September 2018 the use of hydrogen as a future‑oriented energy form was among the items on the agenda of the informal meeting of EU energy ministers.“The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union proposed a Hydrogen Initiative that many member states approved of and signed”, said Elisabeth Köstinger, current chair of the EU energy minister meetings. “Under this initiative, the signatory states commit themselves to continue research and investment in the production and use of hydrogen as a future‑oriented technology”.
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel passenger cars.
This brief on jobs and growth of the bioeconomy 2009-2015 is one out of a series of Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre briefs which intend to provide independent evidence for EU policy in this field. The following are the key results: 1. In 2015 the bioeconomy generated 4.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the EU2 and employed 8.2% of the labour force 2. Concomitant growth in value added and reduction in number of people employed resulted in apparent labour productivity gains over the period 2009 – 2015 3. Each bioeconomy sector follows its own dynamics, which can also differ from one EU Member State to another.
On 28 June 2018, Commission President Juncker together with the Heads of State and Government of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland signed a Political Roadmap for the synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity grid with the continental European system.