Press Release: Germany: Covestro signs EUR 225 million loan facility with EIB for R&D activities

Covestro has agreed a loan with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for EUR 225 million. The loan will provide medium term funding to strengthen Covestro’s research and development (R&D) work in the areas of sustainability and circular economy within the European Union.

Note: Reskilling and upskilling as a basis for increasing sustainability and employability, in the context of supporting economic recovery and social cohesion

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Event: Horizon 2020 – UK BBI JU Information and Brokerage (Webinar, 28 April 2020)

This event is aimed at companies and research organisations that are interested in European Support for Bio-based Industries (BBI) and who wish to work with European counterparts in collaborative research and innovation projects. The morning session will highlight information about the 2020 support from the BBI Joint Undertaking and the afternoon will be highly participative in support of consortia building and proposal development.

POSTPONED – Event: INSPIRE conference 2020 “Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together” (Dubrovnik, 12 May 2020)

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UPDATED – Event: 10th International Conference on Key Engineering Materials (Webinar, 26-29 March 2020)

Update: this event will be a webinar due to the outbreak of COVID 19.

The purpose of The 10th International Conference on Key Engineering Materials (ICKEM 2020) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the whole range of fields related to the materials that underpin modern technologies. Papers presenting original work were invited in the areas listed below.

Report: The circular economy: Going digital

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Stakeholder Reactions to the Circular Economy Action Plan

This post will be updated with stakeholder reactions to the new “A new Circular Economy Action Plan for a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe”.

Press Release: How to adapt our cities to climate change – Webinar resources

Throughout 2019 and early 2020, the Covenant of Mayors Office held a series of webinars on adaptation to climate change.

The four webinars of the series aimed to cover the main steps of the adaptation cycle – from assessing risks and vulnerabilities, to designing an adaptation action plan, its monitoring and evaluation, and financing adaptation actions.

‘A’ Item Note: Joint Employment Report 2020

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‘A’ Item Note: Draft Council conclusions on the 2020 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy and Joint Employment Report

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OPP One-pager: New Circular Economy Action Plan

The European Commission presented the New Circular Economy Action Plan on 11 March 2020. We have compiled document of all the important upcoming dates and actions announced in the Action Plan.

Draft Council conclusions on the 2020 Annual Sustainable Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report

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CANCELLED – Event: Realising the Ambition of the European Green Deal (Brussels, 19 March 2020)

The event was cancelled due to the COVID 19 outbreak.

How can the EU better use its finances and leverage private support to achieve the goals set by the European Green Deal?

In this edition of the EIB’s lunch dialogue series, our keynote speakers will discuss the scale of the challenge, the financial implications and the role of EU public funding in the efforts towards climate-neutrality.

CANCELLED – Event: Just Transition Fund: The enabler for a successful climate transition? (Brussels, 17 March 2020)

Updated: this event has been postponed, a new date will be announced.

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Forum to discuss:

-Will a Just Transition Fund be the key enabler for a successful climate transition?
-Does increasing the ambition of reaching higher targets automatically imply increasing the funds?
-How to make sure that no EU region is left behind in the energy transition?

Summary of replies to the questionnaire on State aid and structural change in Europe’s coal regions

​​​​​​In October 2019, the CoR adopted an opinion on the Socioeconomic structural change in Europe’s coal regions​. As follow up to this work, the ECON secretariat conducted a survey among European coal regions in transition, to gather their feedback on state aid rules, and on the need to better address the challenges they face at local and regional level.

Stakeholder Reactions to the new Industrial Strategy

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UPDATED Event: Save the Date! BBI JU Info Day (Webinar, 22 April 2020)

Update: the event will be a webinar due to the outbreak of the COVID 19.

The seventh BBI JU Info Day will present the 2020 call for proposals and give participants the opportunity to hold pre-arranged face-to-face meetings.

Throughout the day, the BBI JU’s Programme Office staff will be available to answer questions about the application process and call procedures.

EP Political Groups Reactions to the Circular Economy Action Plan

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Stakeholder Press Release: Orgalim welcomes the new Circular Economy Action Plan for a cleaner and more competitive Europe

Representing the technology sectors providing innovative solutions which can unlock a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the EU and its citizens, Orgalim welcomes the new Circular Economy Action Plan for a cleaner and more competitive Europe adopted today by the European Commission.

Press Release: Changing how we produce and consume – New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

Includes the Communication “A new Circular Economy Action Plan for a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe”, a document with Questions & Answers, and the New Eurostat visualisation tool for the circular economy.

The European Commission  hasadopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth. With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers. Building on the work done since 2015, the new Plan focuses on the design and production for a circular economy, with the aim to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. The plan and the initiatives therein will be developed with the close involvement of the business and stakeholder community.

Map: Share of green inventions over total inventions 1990-2015

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Press Release: European Green Deal must be social too, says EESC

The various sections of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have joined forces to highlight that the EU’s future sustainability requires people’s participation and appropriate funding.

OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Exchange of views on the European Green Deal and the AOB items: current proposals and investment plans (5 March 2020)

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Speech: President von der Leyen at the BusinessEurope Day 2020

Brussels, 5 March 2020

Work Programme of the Employment Committee for 2020

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