Press Release: COP 25: EU Ocean Day highlights the role of oceans in tackling climate change globally

Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. To highlight the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge, the European Commission is organising an ‘EU Ocean Day’ on 7 December during the COP 25, the UN Climate Change Conference (2 – 13 December 2019).

At a Glance: European Green Deal

The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day. 

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

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UPDATED – Outcome of Proceedings: Draft Council Statement on an ECOFIN Work Plan on Climate Action

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Missions and partnerships in Horizon Europe (4 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Economic and Financial Affairs Council – Conclusions on energy taxation (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: The Future of Plantation Forests in Europe (Brussels, 17 December 2019)

This event aims at providing a better science-policy understanding of the outlook and policy issues facing European planted forests while answering these questions:

What are the benefits and impacts of planted forests?
Can planting trees tackle the climate crisis?
What issues currently face European plantation forests?

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.

UPDATED – Agenda: Energy Council (4 December 2019)

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Event: Lunch Debate – The Just Transition and Europe’s Energy System (Brussels, 10 December 2019)

On the 10th December, EPSU is opening up a public debate on the future of Europe’s energy system. In light of the European Green Deal and the European Commission’s commitment to a Just Transition, EPSU is bringing together environmentalists and trade unionists discuss the framework of the continent’s energy system.

Data: Projected rise in global mean sea level

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of Views with Werner Hoyer, President of the EIB (3 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – European Year of Greener Cities 2021 (3 December 2019)

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Report: The European environment — state and outlook 2020

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (26 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (14 June 2019)

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Press Release: Water reuse – Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on minimum requirements for water reuse in agriculture

The new rules, proposed by the Commission in May 2018, will set out harmonised minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewaters in agricultural irrigation.

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: 10 LIFE climate action projects to watch

The UN Climate Change Conference COP25, taking place in Madrid during 2-13 December, has a mission of raising the level of ambition on climate action to help meet the Paris Agreement’s goals.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – Kunming (2020) (3 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness Council (28-29 November 2019)

Update: the main results are now available.

Items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, finance and internal market policies. A items are also available.

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