Press Release: EIB approves EUR 4.7 billion investment

The board of the European Investment Bank approved a total of EUR 4.7 billion of new financing for 30 projects across Europe and around the world at its meeting in Luxembourg today, including EUR 530 million for natural disaster recovery in Italy. Other approved operations included backing for road and rail transport, renewable energy and electricity interconnectors, industrial innovation, healthcare, education and off-grid solar energy.

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Written Answer to a Question: Assistance for Poland from the European Solidarity Fund

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Preparing Europe for climate change: coordination is key to reduce risks posed by extreme weather

Building stronger links between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction experts is more important than ever in wake of recent devastating and extreme weather events across Europe and elsewhere. Closer cooperation, including better policy alignment, will be crucial to reduce the impacts of weather- and climate-related hazards like floods, heatwaves, forest fires, or storm surges. Increasing coherence in actions and using innovative methods can improve the handling of these events, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) published today.

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Press Release: Forest fires on the rise as JRC study warns of danger to air quality

The JRC’s annual forest fires report confirms a trend towards longer and more intense fire seasons in Europe and neighbouring regions, with wildfires now occurring throughout the year. The report coincides with an international study which finds that global wildfire trends could have significant health implications due to rising harmful emissions. Full article…

Press release: New Copernicus satellite to improve aviation safety and monitor climate change

On 13 October, the latest Copernicus Earth observation satellite was launched into space. Sentinel 5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P – is the first Copernicus mission entirely dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. It will contribute to aviation safety through volcanic ash monitoring, warn of high levels of UV radiation, and provide data about climate change and ozone holes.

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Event: Climate change adaptation & disaster risk reduction in Europe (Brussels, 17 October 2017)

In wake of extreme weather events such as heatwaves, storm surges and floods, reducing risks and better adaptation will be crucial. How can Europe best meet this challenge?
Join us for the launch of our new EEA report and policy debate on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

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Press Release: EU can do more to reduce impact of earthquakes on buildings

The European Union should respond to the terrible loss of life caused by earthquakes in Italy this year by embracing a long-term policy of helping the renovation of vulnerable buildings and infrastructure, the European Committee of the Regions says in a set of policy recommendations adopted on 11 October.

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Report: EP JURI Committee on Environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (the ‘ELD’)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Commission Expert Group on Forest Information (7 November 2016)

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Vice-President Timmermans Closing Keynote Speech at the Our Ocean Summit

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Written Answer to a Question: Fires in Calabria in 2017 and the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – vote on  environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage (the ‘ELD’) (2 October 2017)

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Cover Note: Proposal for transfer of appropriations No DEC 20/2017 within Section III – Commission – of the general budget for 2017

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Question for Written Answer: The Commission’s approach to the environmental disaster unfolding in the Saronic Gulf

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Press Release: Harnessing globalisation: regions to benefit from new EU support in building resilient economies

Regions are invited to apply today for two Commission pilot projects. If selected, they can benefit from tailored EU financial and advisory support in transforming their economies and modernising their industries.

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Written Answer to a Question: Fire at the Chiloeches waste plant (II)

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP JURI Committee Meeting (2 October 2017)

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Press Release: Member States to benefit from over €222 million investments for environment, nature and climate action

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.

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Agenda: EP FEMM Committee Meeting (16 October 2017)

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Press Release: Encouraging cooperation to protect essential infrastructure

EU-funded researchers have provided new decision support tools, training systems and online resources to allow decision-makers to assess the resilience of critical infrastructure – such as electricity and telecommunication – when disaster strikes. The project is a milestone in the development of a proposed pan-European analysis centre. Full article…

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