The EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators has kicked-off preparations for its Annual Work Programme 2019. Alberto Pototschnig, Director of the Agency, presents the draft outline of the Work Programme 2019. All interested parties can express their views and share their opinions on which areas, in line with its mandate, the Agency should focus its efforts on in 2019.
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.
“Preliminary data for 2016 show that the total public RD&D budget of IEA member countries was $16.6 billion. While these funding levels are among the highest since 1974, accounting for inflation and relative purchasing power, this represents the fourth straight year of decline. Companies are also spending less than they were three years ago. This is cause for concern.”
INEA has signed grant agreements with all 32 projects selected for funding in the smart cities, smart grids and storage and six other energy topics (incl. next-generation of biofuels, RES technologies market uptake and carbon capture) of the 2016 – 2017 Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call. The projects will receive in total €240 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop new clean energy solutions.
The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222 million from the EU budget to support Europe’s transition to more sustainable and low-carbon future under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. Full article…
The Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – made its presence felt in France last week with four projects receiving the green light for financing of €100 million in total. The projects span several different sectors, from renewable energy to cyber-security. Each project has received financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and is covered by the guarantee of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core of the Juncker Plan.