Press Release: ‘Future world’ scenarios to paint a clearer climate change picture

An EU-funded project’s ‘future world’ scenarios are informing the development of innovative tools and measures to help vulnerable communities plan for, and adapt to, the effects of global warming – such as increased flooding, wild fires and extreme weather. Full article…

‘I’ Item Note: Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) 2015/1017 as regards the extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments as well as the introduction of technical enhancements for that Fund and the European Investment Advisory Hub (first reading)

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of 16.11.2017 on the increase of the percentage of the budgetary resources allocated to projects supported by way of action grants under the sub- programme for Environment dedicated to projects supporting the conservation of nature and biodiversity (LIFE)

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Press release: 2018 EU budget adopted

On 30 November 2017, the Council and the European Parliament separately approved the deal reached on 18 November 2017 in the conciliation committee on the 2018 budget. The EU budget for 2018 is therefore adopted. Full article…

Study: Evaluation in the European Commission – Rolling Check-List and State of Play

This paper aims to provide an overview of planned and ongoing evaluations of EU legislation and spending programmes carried out by each European Commission directorate-general (DG). The general overview and state of play on the public availability of evaluations is completed by a rolling check-list comprising on-going and planned evaluations on the basis of information disclosed by the Commission in various sources (DGs’ management plans and annual activity reports, the Single Evaluation Plans for 2016 and 2017, roadmaps published since July 2015) and the information available in individual DGs. The annexes to this paper contain an overview of, and links to, the DGs’ management plans for 2017 (Annex I); and a list of, and direct links to, the evaluations published between 2015 and 20 October 2017 in various sources (Annexes II and III). Finally, Annex IV covers the Commission staff working documents related to evaluation published on EUR-Lex and in the Register of Commission Documents up to October 2017.

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SDG 13 – Climate action (Eurostat): Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Press Release: EIB and BBVA to provide EUR 300m to finance innovation and digitisation in Spanish SMEs

The two institutions have agreed a new credit line for public and private investments promoting climate action. BBVA and the EIB today signed two more agreements for the agricultural sector and SMEs, totalling EUR 250m.

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (15 November 2017)

Update: the draft minutes are now available.

The Council discussed the future of cohesion policy post-2020, with reference to the recent report published by the Commission on economic, social and territorial cohesion. The Council also took note of the progress made on the ongoing legislative process concerning the modification of the “Common Provisions Regulation”, in particular on the European Structural and Investment Funds provisions included in the so-called “Omnibus” Commission proposal. A items concerned trade and transport related issued.
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Press Release: EU Agencies: “Clean accounts, and transactions mostly compliant with the rules”, say Auditors

The European Court of Auditors has issued unqualified (“clean”) audit opinions on the accounts of the European Union’s 41 agencies and signed them off as reliable. The auditors also issued clean audit opinions on the financial transactions for 40 of the agencies, and a qualified opinion in one case.

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Press Release: The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – 2017 key figures

On the occasion of the Covenant of Mayors Day held on Monday, 13 November during COP23 in Bonn, the EU Covenant of Mayors Office released its 2017 infographics. Full article…

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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Joint White Paper by China Green Finance Committee and EIB set to strengthen international Green Bond market

On the margins of the COP 23 climate talks in Bonn, the Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for Finance and Banking and the European Investment Bank (EIB)  launched a White Paper that provides an international comparison of several green bond standards. The new paper paves the way for enhancing the consistency of green finance definitions and standards between China and the EU. Full article…

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions accompanying the mid-term evaluation of the life programme

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Draft Opinion: EP ENVI Committee on the next MFF: Preparing Parliament’s position on the MFF post-2020

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Press Release: 2018 EU budget: Council cannot accept EP amendments

The Council has told the European Parliament that it cannot accept all of its amendments for the EU’s general budget for 2018, voted on 25 October 2017. This triggers a three-week conciliation process, starting on 31 October. Council and Parliament will have until 20 November to bridge their differences.

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In-Depth Analysis: The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Structure and Own Resources

The EU budget is facing numerous long-term challenges, which are not adequately addressed, neither on the expenditure nor on the revenue side. Regardless of the future EU integration scenario, a fundamental overhaul of the MFF is required. EU expenditure should provide more European added value. Tax-based own resources partially replacing current own resources have the potential to reduce sustainability gaps within Member States’ tax regimes as well as to alleviate the juste retour problem.

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Press Release: EU Auditors publish 2018 work programme

Today the European Court of Auditors published its work programme for 2018. As well as giving details of the special reports which the EU Auditors intend to publish in 2018, the programme provides information on the institution’s annual reports and the work programming process. All in all, the auditors plan to produce some 90 publications in 2018, including annual reports, special reports and opinions.

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (17 October 2017)

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