Candidates from the main national parties [the People’s Party, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), Podemos (United We Can Change Europe) and Ciudadanos (Citizens)] and members of the Economic and Social Committee participated in a round table debate organised by the EESC on the premises of the European Commission Representation in Spain. Entitled “Deepening democracy: Building more Europe”, the aim of the round table was to analyse the policies needed to build a stronger Europe that could guarantee a future of economic progress and social justice.
The WB6 electricity monitoring report, released today by the Energy Community Secretariat, points to positive developments in the establishment of day-ahead markets in Montenegro and North Macedonia. However, the pace of reforms in the WB6 region overall must be accelerated if market coupling is to take place within the time horizon foreseen.
The average price for electricity for non-household consumers in the European Union (EU), calculated excluding VAT and other recoverable taxes and levies, has increased around 2.8% on average between the second half of 2017 and the second half of 2018. On average, in the EU, non-household natural gas prices, excluding VAT and other recoverable taxes and levies, grew an 11.0% between the second halves of 2017 and 2018.
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity. In particular, the auditors will examine the design of the EU biodiversity strategy and its application in the common agricultural policy (CAP). They will also assess the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funding for biodiversity in farming.
The annual Energy Infrastructure Forum takes place on 23-24 May in Copenhagen, Denmark. The forum was set up as part of the Energy Union strategy, and its aim is to remove technical and regulatory barriers to energy flowing freely across the EU, and discuss major issues relating to infrastructure and EU energy policy.
Improving transport efficiency is a major political objective of the European Union. Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) promise to play an important role towards this goal.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) organises a dedicated two-day workshop to introduce participants from Enlargement and Integration (E&I) countries to the possible implications that CAVs can have on road transport.
The informal meeting reunited ministers of environment from the EU Member States, EFTA states and candidate states for accession to the EU, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council, executive director of European Environment Agency and General Secretary of European Environmental Bureau.
The morning shift comes to an end and a group of 160 workers involved in the construction of the Tokamak building is ready to go. Almost in perfect coordination they leave this labyrinth of concrete and steel wearing their hard hats, glasses, gloves and jackets to hand over to the next shift. Roughly 350 people are working round the clock during the three shifts. It has been a long day because there have been some new developments on-site: the first pieces of the 40 steel columns that will be erected to form the roof of the Tokamak building are here.
Today, the European Commission will publish its communication on “A more efficient and democratic decision making in EU energy and climate policy”. The document will set out plans on how to move decisions on energy taxation to Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in the Council. Under current rules, taxation policies must be decided by unanimity in the Council, giving every Member State a veto.
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of the rescEU fleet during an initial transition period, and the Commission is working together with the participating countries to add extra assets in the coming weeks.
With 1500 registered participants, EMD 2019 has broken all previous records, including for the biggest ever exhibition, with 105 exhibitors. Walking around offers a glimpse into the exciting opportunities our seas offer – and that plenty of businesses are starting to grasp.
The European Union (EU) and Fiji held their fourth High Level Political Dialogue under article 8 of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – EU Partnership (Cotonou) Agreement in Brussels, Belgium, on 20 May 2019 under the co-chairmanship of Fiji’s Foreign Minister H.E. Inia Seruiratu and EEAS Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, Gunnar Wiegand.
The European EMAS Award is the most prestigious award in environmental management and has been presented to EMAS registered organisations since 2005. The 2019 EMAS Awards will honour registered organisations that implemented EMAS as a driver of change towards sustainable transition.
On average, household electricity prices in the European Union (EU) increased to €21.1 per 100 kWh (+3.5%), between the second half of 2017 and the second half of 2018. Nevertheless, the average EU household electricity price was only €0.1 per 100 kWh higher than in the second half of 2015, the former peak in the last ten years. Across the EU Member States, household electricity prices in the second half of 2018 ranged from €10 per 100 kWh in Bulgaria to around €30 per 100 kWh in Denmark, Germany and Belgium.