Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs said: “Our cooperation on environment with the Eastern Partner countries is stronger than ever. We have seen numerous actions implemented as well as progress in environmental legislation. Further work on the implementation of new legislation, on mainstreaming environmental principles and the principles of a circular economy into other policy areas is still needed, and I am confident that EU assistance in this area will contribute to achieving tangible results.”
Directors Generals of Customs and other delegates from the member states as well as the Commission meet to discuss mid and long term strategies concerning a particular topic, the deepening of the Customs Union through improvement of the measuring of the customs union performance and the improvement of the key performance indicators. The goal is to prepare for current and future challenges for the EU Customs Union.
The 17th European Tourism Forum (ETF) is being held on 1 and 2 October 2018 in Vienna and is co‑organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. Upon invitation by tourism minister Elisabeth Köstinger, more than 200 renowned figures from all EU member states, including EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, are participating in the conference.
Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger: Strengthen the origin of food – Guarantee its quality in Europe.
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”.
Commitment to a fair taxation of the digital economy and plan to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union
Good start at the informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers (ECOFIN) under the Austrian Council Presidency. European Investment Bank (EIB) issues, key interest rates and crypto assets as agenda items on day one.
The EaP Business Forum 2018 will focus on ‘Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’ as well as ‘IT and Digital Markets’. It aims to bring together entrepreneurs from EU member states and Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) with both each other and politicians in order to explore the potential of the partner countries in these sectors and, via B2B meetings, undertake steps to realise this potential.
This Reflection Conference will build on the Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum, an initiative launched in Minsk in 2017 by a pan-European network of think-tanks. Its aim is to advance an inclusive, pan-European reflection on the Eastern Partnership; encourage synergies across research institutions and strengthen the interface between think-tank and policy levels at the pan-European level. The Conference will pave the way for the next Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum, planned for spring 2019 in Chișinău.