Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (27-28 November 2017)

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UPDATED – Eastern Partnership Summit (24 November 2017)

Update: the background brief is now available.

The summit will discuss how to further strengthen cooperation in the four priority areas agreed in Riga, including stronger connectivity: enhancing interconnections, notably in the areas of transport and energy.

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UPDATED – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Governance of the Energy Union

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Press Release: The European Union supporting renewable energy in the Eastern Caribbean through geothermal energy

Yesterday, in New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalisation of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The Programme will facilitate the development of up to 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (27 – 28 November 2017)

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Briefing: Eastern Partnership: 2017 Brussels summit – Taking stock and new objectives

On 24 November 2017, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine meet with the European Union (EU) in Brussels for the fifth Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit. A lot has been achieved since the Riga summit in 2015: association agreements (AA) and deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (DCFTAs) have been in force with Georgia and Moldova since 2014, and with Ukraine since 2016. From 2017 onwards, Georgians and Ukrainians can travel to the EU without a visa, which highlights the EU’s commitment to the region. The EU is about to sign an association agreement with Armenia and is negotiating a new framework for relationships with Azerbaijan. In June 2017, the European External Action Service and the European Commission jointly proposed to streamline the institutional architecture of the EaP, as well as putting forward a series of 20 deliverables for 2020, to benefit citizens of the region. Ahead of the summit, the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, bringing together members of both the Eastern Partnership countries’ parliaments and the European Parliament, and the European Parliament itself, have defined their positions. The European Parliament called, in November 2017, for the EaP summit to inject new dynamism into the partnership and to set a clear political vision for its future in the long term.

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Event: ENTSO-E Conference (Brussels, 5-6 December 2017)

This year’s conference of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) will focus on the development of the Energy Union and the European internal energy market. Full article…

Sustainable development in the European Union – 2017 Edition

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Press Release: Director presents state of acquis implementation to parliaments

Just days after its launch, Director Kopač presented the key findings of the Secretariat’s 2017 Annual Implementation Report to Members of Parliaments of Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia. Director Kopač will visit other Contracting Party legislatures, including Albania, Kosovo* and Serbia in next days.

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Press Release: Energy Community Climate Action Group convenes at COP23 in Bonn

On 15 November 2017, the Energy Community, with the support of the European Commission Directorate General for Climate Action (DG Clima), convened the second meeting of the Climate Action Group at the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn. This is the first time that the Energy Community Secretariat participated in the COP. Full article…

Press Release: Lithuanian MEPs ask Donald Tusk to include Ostrovets nuclear plant safety issue on the agenda of upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit

Ahead of the fifth Eastern Partnership Summit, to be held in Brussels on the 24th of November, Lithuanian MEPs from several political groups requested in a letter sent to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to include on the summit’s agenda the safety question of Ostrovets nuclear plant. Full article…

Joint Staff Working Document: Association Implementation Report on Ukraine

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UPDATED: Agenda: Working Party on Energy (20 November 2017)

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Press Release: EU Bank agrees EUR 9.2 billion new financing including EFSI backed investment for climate action, broadband and business

Meeting in Luxembourg yesterday the board of the European Investment Bank approved a total of EUR 9.2 billion of new financing for 38 projects in 16 European Union countries and around the world in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Event: High-level Conference on Africa (Brussels, 22 November 2017)

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Press Release: EBRD and ALEXBANK supports energy efficiency in Egypt

The EBRD and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are planning to support energy-efficient and renewable energy investment in Egypt through a financing package to ALEXBANK in the amount of up to US$ 30 million under the Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) for Egypt. The EBRD is providing a financing facility of up to US$ 15 million to ALEXBANK for on-lending to private companies for energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. The EIB is expected to join the facility with an additional US$ 15 million in financing at a later stage and to team up with EBRD to further strengthen sustainable energy measures in Egypt. Full article…

Press Release: European Commission funded cooperation project between European and Chinese Organizations in nuclear safety successfully completed

A European Commission funded cooperation project between European and Chinese Organizations in the areas of preparedness for and management of radiological and nuclear emergency has been a great success. The project implemented in 2014-2017 under the auspices of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) has effectively supported the People’s Republic of China in enhancing their capacities and capabilities for the prevention and management of severe accidents and arrangements for emergency preparedness and response in the field of nuclear safety. Full article…

Press Release: Secretariat urges Moldova to apply Energy Community law when designing tariff methodologies

The Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Moldova in Case ECS-9/17. Upon the review of a recent amendment to the electricity distribution tariff methodology, the Secretariat took the preliminary view that Moldova failed to implement relevant provisions and principles of Energy Community law, especially regarding cost-reflectivity and the independence of the regulator.

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EU Coordination Meeting: 14th meeting of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) (28-29 November 2017)

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