Press Release: COP25 – EIB and Iberdrola sign two financing agreements for EUR 690m for renewable energy projects in Brazil and new digitalisation of electrical networks

At the Climate Change Conference (COP25) being held in Madrid, the EIB and Iberdrola today announced two new agreements to promote climate action by investing in renewable energy projects and electricity distribution networks. To do so, the Vice-President of the EU bank Emma Navarro and the President of Iberdrola Ignacio Galán agreed two loans for a total of EUR 690m.

UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (5 December 2019)

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Outcome of Proceedings: Council conclusions on Strengthening the European financial architecture for development

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Event: Long-Term Energy Planning for Carbon Neutrality in EU Cities and Regions (Webinar, 18 December 2019)

To support local governments in long term energy and climate planning is precisely the goal of the C-Track 50 project, which aims to mobilize and guide public authorities and to support them in developing, financing and implementing ambitious integrated sustainable energy and climate policy action plans. In this, C-track 50 supports at least 116 sustainable energy and climate policy action plans and develops more than 105 funding proposals for implementing sustainable energy and climate actions/projects.

OPP Meeting Summary: Energy Council – AOB tyre labelling (4 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Energy Council – Commission’s energy policy priorities (4 December 2019)

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Press Release: Jaana Husu-Kallio: European food policy means climate, economy and the wellbeing of people and the environment

Finland, as holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, held a high-level meeting with the Commission this autumn during which the member states were able to share their views on sustainable food policy and support the Commission in the preparations. Food policy is closely linked to the Green Deal programme of the newly inaugurated Commission. Why is the EU now pursuing a common direction in food policy and what does a sustainable European food policy aim to achieve?

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Consideration of amendments: the European Central Bank – annual report 2018 (3 December 2019)

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Report: The European environment — state and outlook 2020

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Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (9 December 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Preparation for International Development Conferences (UN HABITAT) (18 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Monetary dialogue with Christine Lagarde (2 December 2019)

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Press Release: Achievements of the Concerted Action of the Energy Efficiency Directive

The Concerted Action of the Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED) published its mid-term impact report, which showcases its activities and most recent successes.

The impact report covers the period from 2017 to 2019 and gives an insight into the various activities of the CA EED.

Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week (Brussels, 23-25 June 2020)

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Press Release: Civil society representatives from the EU and ACP countries highlight the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development

On 22 November, participants in the 17th regional seminar of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups adopted a declaration highlighting the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development in many eastern and southern African countries.

Press Release: New ECB boss quizzed for the first time by Economic Affairs Committee

Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President since mid-October, was heard for the first time in her new office by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. Questions on how the ECB is responding to the threat of climate change were a recurring subject on Monday, during the new Central Bank President’s first hearing at the Parliament. MEPs across the political spectrum wanted to know how the ECB can include action on climate change in its monetary policy and whether it would stop supporting unsustainable companies through its asset purchase programme.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Report back on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations – Establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (2 December 2019)

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In-Depth Analysis: EU industrial policy at the crossroads: Current state of affairs, challenges and way forward

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report back on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (2 December 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Romanian primeval forests and illegal loggers

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Council Conclusions – The updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: strenghtening the connection between economy, society and the environment”

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Speech: Sustainable finance EU: Keynote by Vice President Dombrovskis at the UNEP Sustainable Finance Initiative Roundtable

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the Committee of the Regions

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