UPDATED – Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (23 – 26 October 2017)

Update: The Final Draft Agenda has been published.

The agenda includes items concerning energy & climate, environment, trade, transport and general policy.

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Event: Central European Day of Energy (Brussels, 11 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’

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Minutes: 4th Meeting of the H2020 Commission expert group on the Review of the Bioeconomy strategy (4 May 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework (LULUCF) (13 October 2017)

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Public Procurement for a Circular Economy

Published in October 2017, the brochure on Circular Procurement provides an introduction to the European policy framework and practical guidance to those involved in public procurement decisions. The guidance is complemented by good practice experiences from across Europe demonstrating how circular economy principles are being employed in public procurement.  Full article…

OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Effort Sharing Regulation (13 October 2017)

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Press Release: Why does transport need g-mobility?

To reduce oil dependency, policy-makers should consider the benefits of using alternative energy fuels and their high potential to contribute to decarbonisation and reduce pollution. These advantages are key part of the ‘g-mobility’ concept – an approach that advocates for the use of gas in transport and opens the door to the much-needed sustainable mobility.

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Press Release: Better EU forest and land management to help cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet Paris commitments

On 13 October, the Environment Council agreed its negotiating position (general approach) on a regulation establishing new accounting rules and binding commitments for member states to ensure that the use of lands and forests across the EU becomes more sustainable and climate-friendly over the period 2021-2030. This will ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and the climate better protected.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (13 October 2017)

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Vice-President Katainen’s Keynote Speech at the Industrial Innovation Information Days, Brussels – 4 October 2017

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Mr Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness (11 October 2017)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — The role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy’

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UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group Standing Forestry Committee (14-15 September 2017)

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Vote Postponed: EP TRAN Committee – Vote on promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (12 October 2017)

After a request from Rapporteur Bas Eickhout the Committee voted to postpone the vote. A new date still has to be decided. They will endeavour to find a slot before the vote in the ENVI Committee (23rd October).

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Committee of the Regions

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (16 October 2017)

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Report: EP ITRE Committee on Establishing the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP REGI Committee – Study commissioned by Policy Department B on the “Financial instruments for energy efficiency and renewable energy“ (10 October 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (11 October 2017)

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Position of the European Parliament: Adopted at first reading on 11 September 2013 with a view to the adoption of Directive 2013/…/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 98/70/EC relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources

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Press Release: €240 million awarded to Horizon 2020 energy projects

INEA has signed grant agreements with all 32 projects selected for funding in the smart cities, smart grids and storage and six other energy topics (incl. next-generation of biofuels, RES technologies market uptake and carbon capture) of the 2016 – 2017 Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call. The projects will receive in total €240 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop new clean energy solutions.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee – Vote on Governance of the Energy Union (10 October 2017)

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