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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Thierry Breton, Commissioner-designate for the Internal Market (14 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Adina-Ioana Valean, Commissioner-designate for Transport (14 November 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

UPDATED – Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (12 November 2019)

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Event: EU Energy Day – on the road to becoming a climate-neutral continent (Abu Dhabi, 13 January 2020)

There will be a chance to discuss the new policy proposals under the Green Deal, such as

  • more ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030;
  • a just transition including a new industrial policy;
  • a Sustainable Europe Investment Plan

UPDATED – Agenda: Ambient Air Quality Expert Group (main group) (8 November 2019)

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Press Release: European Commission statement on the adoption of the new energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank Group

The Commission supports the new energy lending policy of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group adopted at the EIB Board meeting today, which will help the Bank achieve full alignment with the Paris Agreement. The Commission voted in favour of the proposal.

Stakeholder Report: Green powerhouse: A blueprint for battery regulations in Europe

By Transport & Environment

Unlike combustion engines that burn oil, batteries do not burn lithium or other minerals like cobalt and nickel, which can be fully recovered and used again. From a life cycle perspective battery-powered vehicles are already better than engined cars. However, they still have an environmental impact, notably in parts of their manufacturing and metals extraction. This paper, informed by the report available below, outlines T&E’s vision of how an upcoming EU regulation can minimise the environmental impact and maximise both the industrial and climate benefits of batteries in transport.

Agenda Highlights: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (21 – 22 November 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions ENVE Commission (21 November 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (18 & 22 November 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (18 November 2019)

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Press Release: EU Bank launches ambitious new climate strategy and Energy Lending Policy

The EIB will end financing for fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021. Future financing will accelerate clean energy innovation, energy efficiency and renewables. EIB Group financing will unlock EUR 1 trillion of climate action and environmental sustainable investment in the decade to 2030.

Update: Future Mobility

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Study: International Climate Negotiations – Issues at stake in view of the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid

From 2 to 13 December 2019, the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Madrid. Under the presidency of Chile, which had originally planned to host the conference, delegates will continue to negotiate the rules for international cooperation in climate change mitigation and discuss issues such as adaptation and support to developing countries.

Press Release: Commission and OECD present recommendations to help EU countries and regions achieve industrial transition

Today the Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) present a report on an initiative launched in 2017 to help 12 EU regions and Member States achieve industrial transition and hold their own in a globalised economy.

Press Release: According to Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe, imprisonment cannot be used against the public officials responsible, including the Minister-President, in order to compel them to introduce traffic bans on diesel vehicles in Munich

The fundamental right to liberty may be limited only on the basis of a law which clearly provides for such a possibility in respect of those officials, which does not appear to be the case in Germany.

Press Release: Clean mobility: Commission welcomes agreement on tyre labelling to save energy

A political agreement on a European tyre labelling was reached yesterday between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The new rules improve and strengthen EU tyre labels enabling European consumers to make better choices and bringing energy savings equivalent to taking 4 million cars off EU roads every year.

Press Release: SET-Plan Conference: Energy technology development favours climate neutrality and boosts Europe’s competitiveness

Research and innovation in the energy sector promote the twin goals of sustainable climate change mitigation and European industrial leadership. The SET-Plan Conference on energy technology, which is currently taking place in Helsinki (13–15 November), is zeroing in on the potential of low-carbon technologies for making European industries more competitive.

Event: The need for a Climate Neutral Integrated System Package for Energy (Brussels, 20 November 2019)

For the past 10 years, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) has been committed to the sustainable development of necessary electricity grids. Expanding the grid to connect renewable energy sources (RES) to consumers and to facilitate the use of RES across Europe is an essential and efficient way to decarbonise the economy. However, a RES based energy system will need more than grids to provide the required system flexibility. Significant changes are needed to successfully manage and efficiently achieve the energy transition. New flexibility options need to be developed to control frequency and voltage and new technologies are needed to provide long-term energy storage, among others.

A new European legislative package is required to address these needs and we want to investigate what are the key elements of such a forward looking “Climate Neutral Integrated System Package”.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Statement of the ACER Director-designate, Mr Christian Zinglersen, and exchange of views with ITRE Members (12 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Presentation by the Commission of the Report on Competition Policy 2018, in particular digital and energy sectors and state aid guidelines for energy (12 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Exchange of Views with Mr Alberto Pototschnig, Director of ACER (12 November 2019)

A summary of the debate is now available.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP PECH Committee – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on “The Ocean and Cryosphere in a changing climate” (11 November 2019)

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EU Commissioners-designate hearings in committees

Update: three new hearing scheduled for 14 November 2019. Briefings by the EPRS are available.

The answers of the Commissioners-designate to the EP questionnaire are now available

The designated members of the von der Leyen Commission will be heard by the EP committees dealing with their respective portfolios on 30.09-03.10.2019, and 07-08.10.2019. Each hearing is set to last three hours, during which the commissioner-designate will give an opening speech and then answer questions posed by committee members.

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