Press Release: Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Meeting, 15-16 December 2019

The 14th Asia and Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain on 15 and 16 December.

The event will bring together foreign affairs ministers from European and Asian countries, under the theme “Asia and Europe: together for effective multilateralism”.

Event: Megatrends in Africa: shaping the future of EU-Africa Strategy (Brussels, 12 December 2019)

The conference focuses on recently published ‘Megatrends in Africa Report’ that has identified 6 megatrends: climate change, population growth, migration, urbanisation, demography process and technology development that Africa is facing. They can create opportunities but also set several challenges in the future.

Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (16 December 2019)

Agenda includes Update (Commission services/EEAS) and exchange of views on Engaging with China on the sustainable development agenda and cooperation in third countries, Information (Commission services) and exchange of views on EU support for sustainable development in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Presentation of main results (Spain/Commission services) 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25, Madrid, 2-13 December 2019). 

‘I/A’ Item Note: EU environment and climate policy in the new legislative term

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Official Journal (L Series): Regulation (EU) 2019/2089 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 as regards EU Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks

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Official Journal (L Series): Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector

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Press Release: Zero-emission trucks require radical policy changes, says ACEA as new fleet data is released

On the occasion of the COP25 UN climate conference taking place this week, the CEOs of Europe’s truck makers re-confirm their full commitment to help make the transition to carbon-neutral and zero-emission freight transport.

OPP Meeting Summary: ECOFIN Council – Conclusions on strengthening the European financial architecture for development (5 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Resolution of the Council of the European Union and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on the Cultural Dimension of Sustainable Development

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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.

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