Press Release: Read our newly launched Climate Emergency Manifesto

GUE/NGL, the left group in the European Parliament, is launching its Climate Emergency Manifesto.

UPDATED – Report: EP ECON Committee on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks and amending Directive (EU) 2016/2341

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UPDATED – Agenda highlights: Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers (5-6 April 2019)

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Proposal on low carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks

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Briefing: Climate Change

The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on 28 March urged governments worldwide to come to the UN summit on climate in September 2019 with concrete plans to boost action against global warming. The call followed the publication of the annual report on climate change by the World Meteorological Organization, which warned about the dire consequences of the continued rise of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In the same month, hundreds of thousands of students and pupils in 120 countries have sought to draw politicians’ attention to climate change by walking out of classes to stage repeated street protests.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Vote on disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks (1 April 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (2 & 4 April 2019)

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Provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations on disclosures relating to sustainable investments and sustainability risks

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Press release: Opening statement by Vice-president Dombrovskis at the Plenary debate on establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (taxonomy)

Vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis’ Opening statement at the European Parliament Plenary debate on establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (taxonomy), Strasbourg, 28 March 2019.

Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Bundesrat (DE)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) (29 March 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (12 March 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Financial Services (Sustainable Finance – Taxonomy) (Attachés + 1 expert) (9 April 2019)

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Agenda: EP ECON Committee Meeting (1-2 April 2019)

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Overview of Outreach Plans: Commission Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (27 March 2019)

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Press release: ESMA responds to EC consultation on update of reporting guidelines to reflect climate-related disclosures test

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to update the non-binding Guidelines on non-financial reporting with the introduction of a specific supplement addressing climate-related disclosures. ESMA takes the opportunity to make some recommendations on how the Guidelines can be further developed to promote higher quality disclosures.

Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (21 March 2019)

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Press release: Mark Carney – A New Horizon

Speech by Mr Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, at the European Commission Conference “A global approach to sustainable finance”, Brussels, 21 March 2019.

Event: Sustainability in practice – ratings, research and proprietary models (Brussels, 28 March 2019)

Topics discussed at the event include: What drives the take-up of ESG analytics, scoring and research? What type of approaches are being used by CRAs and SRPs across asset classes, corporates and investors? Is there a difference between active and passive asset management strategies? What actions should regulators and supervisors pursue in order to ensure the robustness of ESG assessments? Would a more prescriptive approach stifle innovation? How to enable the market research on SMEs, and avoid their under-representation in retail/institutional investment portfolios?

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (21 March 2019)

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Press release: ‘Climate action is essential’

Speech delivered by, Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, at the High-Level Conference on Sustainable Financing, Brussels, 21 March 2019.

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