Press Release: #COP24: EESC president Luca Jahier calls for new EU governance on climate action

Non-state and subnational actors have so far played a decisive role in action on climate, but they often face unsurmountable obstacles. At the COP 24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, on 2-14 December 2018, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Luca Jahier, stressed how urgent it was to tackle climate change and underlined the fact that Europe needed to embrace a new mechanism for sustainability that included multi-stakeholder governance.

Press release: Council endorses agreement on EU budget for 2019

On 11 December 2018, the Council endorsed the agreement reached with the European Parliament on the EU budget for 2019. The total commitments are set at €165.8 billion, which is an increase of 3.2% compared with the 2018 budget as amended over the past months. Payments amount to €148.2 billion, 2.4% more than in 2018.

Working Document: EP CONT Committee on ECA Special Report 24/2018 (Discharge 2017): Demonstrating carbon capture and storage and innovative renewables at commercial scale in the EU : intended progress not achieved in the past decade

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee

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At a Glance: Amending Budget No 6 to the 2018 EU budget: Reduction of payment and commitment appropriations in line with updated forecasts of expenditure and update of revenue (own resources)

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Speech by Maroš Šefčovič at the EU Global Climate Action high-level event in Katowice Poland (COP24 conference)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Vote on Establishing a dedicated financial programme for decommissioning of nuclear facilities and management of radioactive waste (3 December 2018)

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Press Release: UN Climate Change Conference COP24, Katowice, 2-14 December 2018

This year, several Horizon 2020 and LIFE funded projects will participate at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference will be held from 2 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland. The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is an organiser of a side-event on raising ambition in the low-carbon transition on 6 December, chaired by EASME’s Director, Julien Guerrier. Julien Guerrier will also take part in the Energy Day on 11th December and talk about Horizon 2020 funded projects that are contributing to the decentralisation of the energy system.

Event: Scaling Up the Green Innovations (Brussels, 4 December 2018)

We will be discussing the inherent benefits of using public procurement strategically, as well as allowing for more innovation through public procurement – especially when public procurers join forces. This in turn, will allow for relevant green and climate smart innovations to be available at scale at an accelerated rate.

Press Release: Pooling resources to accelerate decarbonisation of heating and cooling needs

Four Horizon 2020 projects – Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE), Hotmaps, Planheat and Thermos – discussed ground-breaking modelling tools for heating and cooling planning during an interactive workshop organised in Denmark. The workshop emphasised the importance of research, innovation and demonstration projects for thermal planning tools.

Comitology Meeting: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’ (4 December 2018)

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Official Journal (C Series): Council Decision of 26 November 2018 adopting the Council’s position on draft amending budget No 6 of the European Union for the financial year 2018

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Political groups reactions: a European strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

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Stakeholder reactions: a European strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

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A European strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

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Council’s position on draft amending budget No 6 to the general budget for 2018: Reduction of payment and commitment appropriations in line with updated forecasts of expenditure and update of revenue (own resources)

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Draft amending budget No 6 to the general budget for 2018: Reduction of payment and commitment appropriations in line with updated forecasts of expenditure and update of revenue (own resources)

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UPDATED – Comitology written consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’

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UPDATED – Comitology written consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’

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UPDATED – Comitology meeting: Advisory Committee on the Communities’ Own Resources (ACOR) (8 November 2018)

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Press Release: EIB unveils offshore wind initiative and strengthens backing for Indian renewables with SBI and Yes Bank

The world’s largest international financier for renewable energy, the European Investment Bank, today confirmed new backing for investment across India. The EIB will increase support for onshore wind investment through expansion of an existing lending programme with the State Bank of India, has approved a new credit line with Yes Bank to accelerate private investment in wind and solar projects and expects to work closely with Indian partners to support offshore wind projects.

Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Congreso de los Diputados/Senado (ES) – COM(2018) 385 final

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Press Release: EU to promote sustainable development in Central Asia with €124 million

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