Press Release: European Parliament candidates from the main Spanish parties propose reforming the EU institutions and giving civil society a more active role

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.

UPDATED – Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry Research and Space) (27-28 May 2019)

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Press Release: Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia move ahead on day-ahead market establishment

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. 

UPDATED – Agenda: Education, Youth, Culture & Sports Council (22-23 May 2019)

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Press Release: EU non-household electricity and gas prices

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. 

Press Release: Auditors scrutinise EU contribution to biodiversity in farming

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.

Press Release: The role of energy grids in the clean energy transition at the heart of the Energy Infrastructure Forum

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.

Event: The impact of Connected and Automated Vehicles on road capacity and transport efficiency (Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, 7 & 8 October 2019)

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.

Press Release: Informal Meeting of Ministers for Environment of the EU member states. Main topics on the agenda: climate change, biodiversity and water management

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.

Event: 2019 IATRC Symposium (Seville, 23-25 June 2019)

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Press Release: Steel giants arrive on ITER site

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.

Press Release: EFA/Greens ‘Commission plans to change decision making on energy taxation’

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.

Press Release: rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

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.

Press Release: In depth: Biggest-ever European Maritime Day offers an exciting world of discovery

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.

Information Note: Airspace capacity

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Press Release: The EU and Fiji stepping up cooperation

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. 

Report: Release of the European Ocean Observing Conference report

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Press Release: Energy prices in 2018 – Household energy prices in the EU increased compared with 2017 – +3.5% for electricity and +5.7% for gas

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.

Official Journal (L Series): Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/814 of 17 May 2019 authorising Italy to apply, in determined geographical areas, reduced rates of taxation on gas oil and liquid petroleum gas used for heating purposes in accordance with Article 19 of Directive 2003/96/EC

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807 of 13 March 2019 supplementing Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the determination of high indirect land-use change-risk feedstock for which a significant expansion of the production area into land with high carbon stock is observed and the certification of low indirect land-use change-risk biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels

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Agenda: Research Working Party meeting (23 May 2019)

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