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.
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…
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.
UN Special Representative, President of the European Committee of the Regions and EU Commissioner for Regional Policy urge EU to protect regional funds to strengthen cities’ and regions’ resilience and to tackle climate change.
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.
The European Commission has agreed to allow another five member states to increase advance payments to farmers affected by difficult climatic conditions in the first part of 2017. Full article…
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.
Along with the rest of the planet, Europe is bracing for the impacts of climate change. Some areas are facing a range of risks, ranging from droughts to floods, but how well do we understand what to expect and how to respond? Full article…
EU rules that aim to prevent and remedy environmental damage need to be made more effective, say Legal Affairs Committee MEPs.
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.
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.
Question for written answer to the Commission (Rule 130) by Maria Spyraki (EPP) on “Compensation for those affected by the oil spill in the Saronic Gulf”.
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…