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Press Release: EIB approves EUR 5 billion financing for innovation, renewables and housing

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.

Press Release: Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Arias Cañete to attend 10th Citizens’ Energy Forum in Dublin, 20 – 21 of September

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.

Event: Nordic-Baltic Energy Conference 2018 (Tallinn, 27-28 September 2018)

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Press Release: Printed solar cell set to transform electronics manufacturing

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.

Blog Post by Commissioner Vella: Ahead of G7 Environment meeting in Halifax Canada, EU staff show their personal commitment to our ocean

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Draft Report: EP ITRE Committee on the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy

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Speech by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at Global Climate Action Summit Opening Plenary

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Public Consultation: Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive

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Vice-President Katainen’s speech at the joint debate: Plastics Strategy and chemical, product and waste legislation – European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg, 12 September 2018

“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.”

Speech of Commissioner Cretu at the Three Seas Initiative Summit – Conference “The 3 Seas Initiative as a catalyst towards cohesion and convergence in the EU”

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UPDATED – Opinion: EP TRAN Committee on emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles

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Agenda: EP JURI Committee Meeting (24 September 2018)

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Results of the ENVI Coordinators’ meetings in 2018

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Press Release: Informal meeting of energy ministers dedicated to hydrogen and energy storage solutions

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”.

Press Release: Antitrust: Commission opens formal investigation into possible collusion between BMW, Daimler and the VW group on clean emission 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.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (19 and 21 September 2018)

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Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on 14th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP14)

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“I” Item Note: European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 23/2018: “Air pollution: Our health still insufficiently protected”

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Amendments: EP JURI Committee on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of environment policy

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UPDATED – Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

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Draft Report: EP ITRE on the proposal for a Council regulation establishing the nuclear decommissioning assistance programme of the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania (Ignalina programme); and repealing Council Regulation (EU) No 1369/2013

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Event: Climate Diplomacy Week (24 – 30 September 2018)

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Brief on jobs and growth of the bioeconomy 2009-2015

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.

Press Release: Synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity grid with the continental European system

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.

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