Press Release: Energy Union – the year of engagement

The third report on State of the Energy Union and accompanying documents, in addition to the Communication on the 2030 electricity interconnection target of 15% and 3rd list of Projects of Common Interest are available.

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (4 December 2017)

The agenda items concern digital and transport policy.

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Event: Measuring EU progress on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (EESC) (29 November 2017)

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a public debate to present and examine Eurostat’s new report: “Sustainable Development in the European Union: 2017 Monitoring Report of the Sustainable Development Goals in an EU context.

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Event: Webinar: New actions of EIP-SCC Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster (5 December 2017)

The EIP-SCC Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster is pleased to invite you to a webinar taking place on 5 December 2017 from 11:00 to 12:45 CET. This will give you the opportunity to hear about the cities and companies that are leading 6 actions as part of the European Innovation Partnership in Smart cities and communities. Their aim is to become the leading platform for understanding city needs, for bringing stakeholders together, building the tools that support an innovation pipeline, and directly supporting individual networks and projects that are en-route to realisation.

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (27 November 2017)

The agenda items include a presentation by the Commission on Improving Military Mobility in the European Union, presentations by the Commission and exchanges of views on the promotion of clean and energy efficient road transport vehicles and on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States as well as a Continuation of the examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?”

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Transport Council (4 – 5 December 2017)

The Council will assess the progress of the proposals relating to market access and social aspects, part of the ‘first mobility package’ including new rules on the posting of workers in the transport sector. Moreover, ministers will hold a policy debate on the road charging proposals of the same package, including the ‘Eurovignette’ directive. The Council will look at the progress made on the proposed regulation on safeguarding competition in air transport. The Council is also due to adopt three sets of conclusions on the progress in trans-European transport networks (TEN-T) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), on digitalisation of transport and on the mid-term evaluation of the Galileo, EGNOS and the European GNSS agency. Other topics on the agenda include the presentation by the Commission of the second batch of its mobility proposals, adopted in November. These proposals relate to clean road transport vehicles, combined transport of goods, and access to the international market for coach and bus services. The incoming Bulgarian presidency will also present its work programme.

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 as regards the territorial typologies (Tercet)

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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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Press Release: The European Union’s External Investment Plan: green light for the first five investment areas

The European Commission has defined concrete areas of investments for its External Investment Plan. The new plan will mobilise €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries.

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Press Release: Together for sustainable cities – an international research alliance

The world’s cities account for less than 3% of its land surface, but they are already home to much of its population. By 2050, two-thirds of us are projected to live in urban areas, where joined-up management of food, water and energy will be increasingly important. A wave of partly EU-funded projects is about to explore this sustainability issue. Full article…

Press Release: EU to support alternative fuel infrastructure in Belgium and the Netherlands

INEA Director Dirk Beckers and the Secretary-General of the Flemish Department of Environment and Spatial Development Peter Cabus launched today the €37 million BENEFIC project that will develop alternative fuel infrastructure in Belgium and the Netherlands. The project will receive nearly €7.6 million from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) to deploy a network of charging stations for electric cars, natural gas and Hydrogen refuelling stations, as well as onshore power supply points for inland navigation in Flanders, Brussels Capital region and the Netherlands. The infrastructure is expected to be in place by 2020.

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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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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee Exchange of views with the Commission on the state of play on 4th Real-Driving Emissions package (RDE4) (21 November 2017)

A summary of the exchange of views on the the state of play on 4th Real-Driving Emissions package (RDE4) is available.  Full article…

Keynote Speech of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans at Belgian Circular Economy Day

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (22 November 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of amendments  is now 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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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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Opinion: EP ENVI Committee on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – A European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (20 November 2017)

A summary of the committee’s debate on the consideration of amendments is now available.

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Press Release: From urban biowaste burden to useful bio-based plastic

So much waste … what could we do with it, beyond producing energy and compost? EU-funded researchers are looking into ways to turn biowaste generated in our cities – notably by homes, restaurants and shops – into a number of bio-based products by means of integrated biorefineries. Full article…

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