Press release: Climate change adaptation – The EU and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation step up support for research and innovation in agriculture

The European Union and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will work together on a joint initiative to drive research and technical and organisational innovations across agricultural and food systems in developing countries. More science and innovation is required to address some of the most pressing challenges posed by climate change. This joint initiative will build on the outcomes of the Paris Agreement and the recent COP 23 held in Bonn on the role for agriculture in the Climate Change agenda. Full article…

UPDATED – Environment Council (19 December 2017)

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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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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8727 CGE / EDPR / TRUSTWIND / DGE / REPSOL / WINDPLUS

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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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EU industrial strategy for the future

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OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Competitiveness check-up: Objectives of the Industrial Policy and A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy (30 November 2017)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (29-30 November 2017)

Agenda items concern energy, digital and trade policy.

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Get involved in European Maritime Day 2018!

“Check out the indicative programme of EMD 2018 in Burgas (31 May & 1 June), submit your proposals for a stakeholder workshop (deadline 30 November 2017), pitch your impact-oriented activities, ideas and solutions at our pitch stage in the networking village or apply to participate in the “Blue Bubbles”, a session dedicated to young ocean activists and leaders. Interested in linking your own maritime event to EMD? Apply to register it as an EMD in My Country event!”.

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Press Release: From urban biowaste burden to useful bio-based plastic

So much waste … what could we do with it, beyond producing energy and compost? EU-funded researchers are looking into ways to turn biowaste generated in our cities – notably by homes, restaurants and shops – into a number of bio-based products by means of integrated biorefineries. Full article…

Press Release: Learning from past crises to protect future biodiversity

The EU funded PRIDE project is investigating drivers of biotic turnover (the rate at which organisms die) in lakes in the Black Sea / Caspian Sea (Pontocaspian) region to understand the nature and severity of the current biodiversity crisis. Increased understanding will help the project team design conservation strategies to mitigate biodiversity loss. Full article…

Event: Conference on Sustainable Buildings (Brussels, 4 December 2017)

On 4 December 2017, the European Commission is inviting key stakeholders in the construction sector to learn more about the testing phase for Level(s), a new voluntary reporting framework aimed at improving the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment and it is a key tool of the EU’s circular economy package that will link action taken at the building level with overarching global priorities that aim to balance the economic, social and environmental dimensions of global development. Full article…

Event: Connected Transport Summit 2017 (Brussels, 4 December 2017)

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Commission Staff Working Document on the review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy

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EMSA: Celebrating the CleanSeaNet Service – A ten year anniversary publication

CleanSeaNet is the European satellite-based Oil Spill Monitoring and Vessel Detection service. The service analyses images, mainly from SAR but also from optical missions, to detect possible oil spills on the sea surface, and identify potential polluters. The service was launched ten years ago in April 2007 and supports Member States’ actions to combat deliberate or accidental pollution in the marine environment. EMSA developed and operates the CleanSeaNet service. Full article…

Press Release: Modelling techniques boost climate knowledge

EU-funded researchers are transferring modelling and analysis techniques used in other disciplines to climate science in a bid to improve predictions of climate events like El Niño. The research feeds into efforts to better understand complex weather patterns and their impact on the environment, economic activities and society.

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Agenda: Research Working Party meeting (13 November 2017)

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