Ursula von der Leyen, president-elect of the European Commission, set her team’s political priorities for the next five years. A European Green Deal, outlining more ambitious action on climate and biodiversity crises, is at the heart of her agenda. European policies have long tackled environmental degradation and climate change with some success and some failures. Supported by growing calls for action by the public, this new policy term — with the new European Commission and Parliament — provides a unique opportunity to scale up and speed up a green and just transition for Europe.
A summary of the exchange of views on the State of the Energy Union and the state of play as regards the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2021-2030 is now available.
he International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol, was in India on a two-day visit last week during which he met with ministers to discuss the energy priorities of the recently elected government, and delivered a keynote speech at a major energy conference.
A summary of the exchange of views is now available.
Update – the minutes of the meeting are available.
Agenda items include a debate on the state of play on own resources, an exchange of views on the presentation of the Presidency Work Programme, adoption of the Council Recommendation on the appointment of the President of the European Central Bank, adoption of the Country-Specific Recommendations for the European Semester, and information from the Netherlands delegation on aviation taxation and carbon pricing.