Press Release: The EU must show the world how to transition away from fossil fuels in a socially just manner, say S&Ds attending COP24

Tomorrow a delegation from the S&D Group in the European Parliament will arrive in Katowice (Poland) to participate in the 24th UN Climate Change Conference. It is the most important meeting since the COP21 in Paris, and it aims to agree on a rulebook on the way to enforce global action to make sure that warming will be well below 2 degrees as compared to pre-industrial levels.

Sustainable Finance: Invitation for feedback and expert workshops on taxonomy

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Event: Promoting sustainable finance (Brussels, 8-9 January 2019)

The Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance and the Community of Practice in Financial Research (CoPFiR), both set up by the European Commission, announced a call for papers for a conference on ‘Promoting sustainable finance’. The purpose of the two-day event is to allow researchers to present policy-relevant empirical papers and to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge between academics, professionals and policymakers on how to mobilise the necessary financing for green and sustainable investments. European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis will be speaking at this event.

Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (12 – 13 December 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Vote on Low carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks (6 December 2018)

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Updated – Agenda: EP ECON Committee Meeting (6 December 2018)

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Updated – Agenda: EP ECON Committee Extraordinary Meeting (10 December 2018)

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Event: Annual conference of the Eastern Partnership: A stronger economy for stronger societies – Investing in people for sustainable growth (Vienna, 7 December 2018)

The high-level first annual Eastern Partnership (EaP) conference will bring together all the stakeholders of the EaP in order to highlight success stories of 2018 in the partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and to discuss some key areas for the future: the economic and investment climate, labour (market) challenges and youth issues (education, training and employment).

Press Release: UN climate conference in Katowice: EU aims for adoption of rules and guidelines for implementing Paris Agreement

This year’s UN climate conference will be a key moment for implementation of the Paris Agreement, with Parties aiming to finalise detailed rules and guidelines – the Paris ‘work programme’ – that will enable the landmark accord to be put into practice across the world.

Leaders’ Declaration, Press Releases and Statements: G20 Summit in Buenos Aires

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Structured Dialogue with Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue (29 November 2018)

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Updated – Commission reports on progress in risk reduction in the Banking Union and calls for faster progress on Capital Markets Union ahead of EU Leaders’ meetings

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Agenda: Working Party on Financial Services (Sustainable Finance – Taxonomy) (Attachés + experts) (19 December 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Financial Services (Sustainable Finance – disclosure and low carbon benchmark proposals) (attachés + experts) (12 December 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Monetary Dialogue with Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (26 November 2018)

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Consultation: EIOPA Consultation Paper on Technical Advice on the integration of sustainability risks and factors in the delegated acts under Solvency II and IDD

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views on findings of the IPCC Special report “Global warming 1.5 C”(26 November 2018)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (Development) (26 November 2018)

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Press release: Sustainable Finance – Vice-President Dombrovskis keynote speech at the launch of the European Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study 2018

Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis’ keynote speech at the launch of the European Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study 2018, Brussels, 26 November 2018.

Study: International Climate Negotiations

Event: How to speed up sustainable finance? (Brussels, 28 November 2018)

With the publication of the Report of the HLEG on Sustainable Finance and the Commission’s Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, sustainable finance is gaining momentum in Europe. Yet market practices are still largely based on neo-classical finance (efficient markets and portfolio theory) with little space for sustainability considerations in financial decision-making. The event will discuss which steps are needed to really change current practices and speed up sustainable finance. This event will be livestreamed. There is no need to register for the livestream.

Press Release: EIB supports jobs and climate action across Africa with new EUR 200 million loan to Afreximbank

On the margins of its Africa Day in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the European Investment Bank has signed a new fifteen year EUR 200 million loan agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), aimed at supporting trade-related productive investments, including in renewable energy projects, in Africa. The facility will support promoters in more than 40 countries across Africa with long-term funding.

UPDATED – Agenda: Economic & Financial Affairs Council (6 November 2018)

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I/A Item Note: Joint declaration between the International Solar Alliance and the European Union on cooperation for the promotion of Solar Energy

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) (22 November 2018)

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