A study by the EP Policy Department for External Relations.
The 14th Asia and Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain on 15 and 16 December.
The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU Arctic policy.
While recognising the primary responsibility of the Arctic states for the development of the region, the Council notes that many of the issues affecting the region are of a global nature and are more effectively addressed through regional or multilateral cooperation. It notes that the EU should continue to make a significant contribution in both regional and multilateral fora which deal with arctic matters.
The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Committee of the Regions, is organising an EU Conference “Halting the loss of pollinators: The role of the EU agricultural and regional development policies”.
The event aims to look back at what has been achieved in the 2014-2020 period and discuss how to step up actions in the future.
EBRD, GCF and Luxembourg to boost climate finance in Serbian leasing sector. €20 million to UniCredit Leasing to support climate finance. Small and medium-sized enterprises to receive finance (leasing) for climate mitigation and resilience projects.
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.
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has set out its demands for the European Green Deal, which it believes must be met to reach climate neutrality by 2050. From energy to mobility, agriculture, biodiversity, digitalisation and the circular economy, the Committee argues that the Green Deal needs a clear action plan with measurable objectives, targeted actions, and appropriate funding, prepared together with local and regional authorities – if Europe is to respond to the climate emergency.
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (“IPCEI”) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries.
In this episode, Euronews is visiting Seychelles to see some of the climate-related challenges that Small Island Developing States are facing — from coral die-off to coastal erosion, flooding, farming damage and freshwater loss due to salt water intrusion. Euronews talks to Seychelles climate adaptation officer Jean-Claude Labrosse, the EU Ambassador Vincent Degert, NGO activists and common citizens about the main threats associated with climate change and actions to mitigate their consequences, including the EU-financed climate change adaptation programme.
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).