Press Release: European Investment Bank agrees EUR 11.5 billion backing for transport, education, energy and private sector investment

The board of the European Investment Bank approved new financing totalling EUR 11.5 billion at its meeting in the Bulgarian capital Sofia today. Full article…

Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – COM(2016) 763 final

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Landscape Review: EU action on energy and climate change

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Press Release: EU must cut emissions and also adapt to climate change, warn Auditors

Effective action on energy is essential to tackle climate change, according to a new landscape review of EU Action on Energy and Climate Change published by the European Court of Auditors. Energy production and use account for 79% of EU greenhouse gas emissions, say the auditors. Even if efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions are successful, adapting to changes in the climate is necessary. By the end of the century, Europe’s climate will be significantly different even under the temperature increase of no more than 2°C envisaged by the 2015 Paris agreement. Full article…

Event: Financing Clean Energy for all Europeans (Brussels, 7 November 2017)

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Press Release: State of the Union 2017 – Industrial Policy Strategy: Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry

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Press Release: EU Auditors’ upcoming review of EU action on energy and climate

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a landscape review “EU action on energy and climate change” on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at 10h30 in 23 EU languages.

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Press Release: Slovenia’s first SUMP on a small scale: Ljutomer

A town with 3,300 inhabitants, Ljutomer was the first place in Slovenia to prepare a (pilot) SUMP on a ‘small’ scale. The municipality of the same name (in which the town is located) has a population of 11,400 people. The success of the implemented measures encouraged Ljutomer to place an emphasis on  sustainable mobility and strive for a role as one of the leading municipalities in the field within both Slovenia and the wider region.

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Press Release: Coming soon: an app for choosing the optimum green transport route (EU)

A new platform funded by the LIFE programme, the European Commission’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, will allow its users to choose travel routes based upon their environmental impact.  The main aim of Green Your Move (GYM) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage users to take energy-efficient transport.

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Press Release: Tallinn hosts three high-level events in the area of energy and transport this week

High-level energy conference (Europe’s Future Electricity Market), Informal Meeting of Energy and Transport Ministers & The Connecting Europe conference.

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Question for Written Answer: Why will Volkswagen not pay compensation to customers in the EU?

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Agenda: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) (26 September 2017)

The agenda includes an informal presentation by the Commission on the Draft proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union in the relevant Committees of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as regards the proposals for amendments to UN Regulations, two proposals for amendments to UN Global Technical Regulations, proposals for three new UN Regulations, new UN Global Technical Regulation, a new Mutual Resolution and on amending the rules of procedure of WP 29. Other items include preparations for the next informal Trilogue on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles.

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Public Opinion: Climate Change

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Committee of the Regions on ‘Health in cities: the common good’

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Press Release: Eurostat regional yearbook 2017

National figures alone cannot reveal the full and sometimes complex picture of what is happening at a more detailed level within the European Union (EU). EU Member States are often compared with each other, but in reality it is very difficult to compare a small country like Malta or Luxembourg with Germany, the most populous EU Member State. Full article…

Press Release: Vice-President Šefčovič, Commissioners Oettinger, Bulc and Gabriel in Frankfurt to discuss connected and automated driving

Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel are today in Frankfurt where they will attend the opening of the International Motor Show (IAA) led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Vice-President Šefčovič will deliver a speech on “European Mobility – Accelerating into the future”. Later today, Commissioners Bulc and Gabriel will take part in the Second High-Level Dialogue on Automated and Connected Driving. This is a follow-up to the “Amsterdam Declaration” of April 2016 where the Commission and EU transport ministers agreed to intensify cooperation for the development of self-driving technology. On Friday, 15 September, Commissioners Oettinger and Gabriel will take part in the sixth edition of the Round Table on Connected and Automated Driving, a platform which includes Member States and the representatives of the European industry. As President Juncker pointed out in the State of the Union, it is essential to invest in the cars of the future to keep Europe at the forefront of innovation and digitisation. To this end, President Juncker announced a new industrial policy strategy. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 6 91 43; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698; Julia Bräuer – Tel.: +32 229 80707)

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Stakeholder Press Release: Renewed industrial policy ticks right boxes and enforcement remains crucial, says European Aluminium Director General

Brussels, 14 September – European Aluminium welcomes the development of a renewed EU industrial policy based on innovation, sustainability and fair trade which was announced
by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union speech and published in the Commission’s Communication ‘Investing in a smart, innovative
and sustainable industry: A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy’ yesterday. Full article…

Speech by Commissioner Bieńkowska: Strengthening EU environment, health, consumer rights standards in connection to recent actions by Member States, including Germany and Austria

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Event: EIP-SCC Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster Webinar (21 September 2017)

This webinar will give you the opportunity to hear about the cities and companies that are leading six 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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