The European Union, the Secretariat General of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have announced the launch of a “Green Fund for Central America”, for a total amount of EUR 88.1 million.
On 18 and 19 June, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Government of the Republic of Poland are hosting the 9th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. This informal meeting of ministers and representatives from 35 countries focusses on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and preparation for the next Climate Change Conference, which will take place in December in Katowice under Poland’s Presidency.
Participants in a hearing on sustainable finance, organised by the EESC on 5 June 2018 in Brussels, explain how to move forward in order to redirect capital flows towards more sustainable investment projects.
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to devote €16 billion to help maintain and further enhance the EU’s leadership in space.
The EU has provided a EUR 11.3m grant to help improve the living and working conditions of landfill site workers, half of whom are women. The project – which will also contribute to combating climate change – is supported by the EIB, which has provided a EUR 42.2m loan.
This year’s Policy Conference and Networking Village during the European Union Sustainable Energy Week, as well as the Sustainable Energy Awards 2018, are packed full of EASME supported projects that are leading the way in the energy transition. Amongst over 40 projects with European funding represented during the week, they are leading the way in the energy transition.
Parliament asks for the Erasmus+ programme budget to be tripled, specific funding for SMEs and tackling youth unemployment to be doubled and the research and innovation budget to be increased by at least 50% , “in order to enable [key EU policies] to fulfil their mission and objectives.” Additional funding is likewise needed for security, migration and external relations, it adds.
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to modernise Cohesion Policy, the EU’s main investment policy and one of its most concrete expressions of solidarity.
Simplifying rules for Cohesion spending is a key challenge to be addressed for the post-2020 period. In a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors, the auditors set out a series of principles to be followed and key areas that need attention by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States when deciding on new rules.