Press Release: Commission gives new support for EU regions working together on high-tech projects

Today the Commission is announcing which interregional partnerships will receive tailored support under a new EU-funded pilot action for innovative projects.

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Call for Proposal: Over €138 million available to energy projects

Starting from today, you can apply for EU funding to carry out a project focusing on smart cities, smart energy systems or renewable fuels. The calls are open under the 2018-2020 Horizon Work Programme, and have a total budget of €138.3 million. The deadline for submissions is 5 April 2018. Full article…

Event: Connected Smart Cities Conference 2018 (Brussels, 11 January 2018)

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EU industrial strategy for the future

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OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Competitiveness check-up: Objectives of the Industrial Policy and A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy (30 November 2017)

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Publication: On the validity of the incremental approach to estimate the impact of cities on air quality

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Press release: November #CoRplenary: the effect of Brexit on EU’s cities and regions

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the EU’s assembly for local and regional politicians, will hold its final plenary session of the year on 30 November – 1 December. Keynote speakers include Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, and Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition. Full article…

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

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Joint debate on the Implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme (28 November 2017)

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Opinion: EP TRAN Committee on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip on the conference on digital transformation in Africa

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Briefing: Moving forward with the Urban Agenda for the EU

Our towns and cities are home to nearly three quarters of the EU’s population, and most EU policies concern them, be it directly or indirectly. While the revised 2014-2020 cohesion policy framework introduced a number of new instruments intended to enhance the urban dimension of cohesion funding, a shared vision of urban development has gradually taken shape at inter-governmental level, accompanied by increasing calls to give city authorities and stakeholders a greater say in policymaking. To help guide these discussions, the European Commission launched a public consultation following its July 2014 communication on the urban dimension of EU policies. Its findings indicated broad support among city stakeholders for an Urban Agenda for the EU.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Vote on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (23 November 2017)

The result of the vote on the adoption of the draft opinion is available.

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Study: Implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme – Mid-term review

The 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP) is the long term overarching strategy of the EU and its Member States in the field of environment and climate change. It covers a seven-year time frame (between 2014 and 2020) and is the first to set a long-term vision for policy-making in the field, until 2050. This European Implementation Assessment found that while the EAP scope remains relevant to current needs and adds value to EU and national policy-making efforts, its objectives are unlikely to be fully met by 2020, despite sporadic progress in some areas. Another key finding in this document is that environmental and climate-related concerns are not sufficiently integrated into a number of EU policies. These findings were made on the basis of publicly available sources of information (specifically aimed at informing the evaluation of the 7th EAP) and views shared in the course of the targeted stakeholder consultation in support of this document.

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Blog: Commissioner Vella – For more than 15 years now, EU Green Week has been a highlight of Europe’s environmental calendar

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Event: Connected Transport Summit 2017 (Brussels, 4 December 2017)

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Press Release: Energy renovation using European funds in Bucharest

Over the past five years, the local administration of Sector 3 in Bucharest has made itself national champion in the energy renovation of blocks of flats. The team led by the mayor, Robert Negoiță, has managed to access the bulk of the Structural Funds earmarked for energy renovation: 85% of all European funds assigned to Romania under this heading. Full article…

Press Release: Forecasting alternative low-carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling in cities

Are you interested in developing your city’s heat plan or decarbonising its heating and cooling system? PLANHEAT has developed a simulation tool for cities to analyse and plan their future low-carbon heating and cooling scenarios.  The project also offers knowledge sharing and trainings.

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