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Event: European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy (Helsinki, 30 September & 1 October 2019)

The aim of the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy. This flagship event will be held 30 September–1 October in Helsinki in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will consist of three parallel conferences:

  • CE 2019 Conference – Sustainable transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy: creating the knowledge base
  • Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing
  • SI 2019 Conference – Sustainable innovation

Informal Meeting of Environment/Climate Ministers (11 & 12 July 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Commission expert group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) (1-12 April 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Education, Youth, Culture & Sports Council (22-23 May 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/826 of 4 March 2019 amending Annexes VIII and IX to Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the contents of comprehensive assessments of the potential for efficient heating and cooling

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UPDATED – Press Release: Clean energy for all: Council adopts remaining files on electricity market and Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators

Update: The voting results of the four files on the electricity market adopted by the Council are now available.

The EU has completed the overhaul of its energy policy framework, which provides the regulatory preconditions for the transition to clean energy and sets the EU on the path towards achieving its Paris Agreement commitments. The Council today adopted the four remaining files of the “Clean energy for all Europeans” package.

Press Release: Sustainable growth is key to addressing global challenges, says EESC hearing

Energy, transport and services of general interest, combined with the digital revolution, can drive European growth in a sustainable and all-inclusive way. This was the message of the hearing that was held on 22 May 2019 by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN).

UPDATED – Press Release: EU adopts new rules on fertilisers

Update: The voting results are now available.

The EU is adopting new rules for placing fertilising products on the EU market. The Council today adopted a regulation which harmonises the requirements for fertilisers produced from phosphate minerals and from organic or secondary raw materials in the EU, opening up new possibilities for their production and marketing on a large scale. The regulation sets harmonised limits for a range of contaminants, such as cadmium, contained in mineral fertilisers.

UPDATED – Press Release: Council adopts new rules which simplify reporting obligations in environmental legislation

Update: The voting results are now available.

The Council is making environmental reporting obligations in EU legislation more coherent and more consistent by amending ten legislative acts. The purpose of the regulation adopted today is to streamline reporting obligations, reduce administrative costs, improve the quality of available data for future evaluations and increase transparency.

UPDATED – Press Release: Council adopts ban on single-use plastics

Updated: The voting results are now available.

The EU is cracking down on plastic pollution. The Council today adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products.

The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure.

UPDATED – Conclusions on “A new level of ambition for a competitive Single Market”

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Press Release: EU non-household electricity and gas prices

The average price for electricity for non-household consumers in the European Union (EU), calculated excluding VAT and other recoverable taxes and levies, has increased around 2.8% on average between the second half of 2017 and the second half of 2018. On average, in the EU, non-household natural gas prices, excluding VAT and other recoverable taxes and levies, grew an 11.0% between the second halves of 2017 and 2018. 

Press Release: Informal Meeting of Ministers for Environment of the EU member states. Main topics on the agenda: climate change, biodiversity and water management

The informal meeting reunited ministers of environment from the EU Member States, EFTA states and candidate states for accession to the EU, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council, executive director of European Environment Agency and General Secretary of European Environmental Bureau.

Press Release: Circular Economy: Commission welcomes Council final adoption of new rules on single-use plastics to reduce marine plastic litter

The Council of the EU today adopted the ambitious measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.

Press Release: Energy prices in 2018 – Household energy prices in the EU increased compared with 2017 – +3.5% for electricity and +5.7% for gas

On average, household electricity prices in the European Union (EU) increased to €21.1 per 100 kWh (+3.5%), between the second half of 2017 and the second half of 2018. Nevertheless, the average EU household electricity price was only €0.1 per 100 kWh higher than in the second half of 2015, the former peak in the last ten years. Across the EU Member States, household electricity prices in the second half of 2018 ranged from €10 per 100 kWh in Bulgaria to around €30 per 100 kWh in Denmark, Germany and Belgium.

Official Journal (L Series): Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/814 of 17 May 2019 authorising Italy to apply, in determined geographical areas, reduced rates of taxation on gas oil and liquid petroleum gas used for heating purposes in accordance with Article 19 of Directive 2003/96/EC

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807 of 13 March 2019 supplementing Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the determination of high indirect land-use change-risk feedstock for which a significant expansion of the production area into land with high carbon stock is observed and the certification of low indirect land-use change-risk biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels

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Black Sea Strategic Reseach and Innovation Agenda

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Press Release: Juncker Fund to mobilise almost € 400 billion in investment after new projects approved

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of the Directives on waste established under Article 39 OF Directive 2008/98/EC – Waste reporting (2 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Report: Evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

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Conclusions on an EU Industrial Policy Strategy: A Vision for 2030

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European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 33/2018 entitled “Combating desertification in the EU: a growing threat in need of more action”

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (22-24 May 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – A Clean Planet For All (14 May 2019)

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