Press Release: No region left behind – launch of the Platform for Coal Regions in Transition

On Monday 11 December Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy and Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy will launch a Platform for Coal Regions in Transition. This Platform is one of the elements of the Coal and Carbon-Intensive Regions in Transition Initiative, a key action from the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. Full article…

Question for Written Answer: Investigation into state aid for the coal industry in Spain

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP SEDE Committee – Addressing new types of challenges: climate change in the Arctic region and the geopolitical implications of advanced energy (7 December 2017)

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Official Journal (C Series): Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union — Cases where the Commission raises no objections

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Briefing: Resources for the funding of the research fund for coal and steel

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UPDATED – Merger Case M.8687 PRISKO / OKD NASTUPNICKA

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Written Answer to a Question: Compliance with national carbon allocation plans in some Member States

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UPDATED – ‘I/A’ Item Note: Proposal for a Council Decision amending Decision 2008/376/EC on the adoption of the Research Programme of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel and on the multiannual technical guidelines for this programme

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Question for Written Answer: The Spanish Government’s plan to prevent the closure of coal-fired power stations

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Question for Written Answer: Environmental sustainability of coal in the energy mix

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Council Decision amending Decision 2003/76/EC establishing the measures necessary for the implementation of the Protocol, annexed to the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the financial consequences of the expiry of the ECSC Treaty and on the Research Fund for Coal and Steel

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Written Answer to a Question: No environmental licence for the Corta Pastora opencast mine in Leon

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (6 & 8 December 2017)

Update: a corrigendum for 8 December has been published.

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, transport and general policy items.

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera dei Deputati (IT) – COM(2016) 763 final

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OPP Meeting Summary: European Parliament Plenary – Decision adopted on the State of Energy Union 2017 (29 November 2017)

A summary of the Commission statement and the remarks by group representatives is now available.

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Fourth meeting of the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Council (Brussels, 16 November 2017)

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State Aid Case: SA.47912 Environmental incentive for coal-fired power plants

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Press Release: State aid – Commission opens in-depth investigation into Spain’s support for coal power plants

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Spain’s environmental incentive for coal power plants is in line with EU State aid rules. The Commission has concerns the support has been used to meet EU environmental standards that were in any case mandatory. Full article…

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (27, 29, 30 November & 1 December 2017)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Spain resists coal phase-out

The Spanish government has engaged in a strange stand-off over Iberdrola’s plan to phase out coal, announced at climate talks in Bonn last week. The company’s CEO, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, pledged to close Iberdola’s coal power plants, including the two Spanish power stations, in Lada in Asturias and Velilla, in the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon. Full article…

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