Consultation: 2030 Climate Target Plan

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Briefing: Carbon emissions pricing – Some points of reference

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Summary conclusions of the 44th meeting of the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC), held in Brussels on 2 March 2020

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Draft Opinion: EP INTA Committee on the Annual Implementation Report on the EU Association Agreement with Georgia

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Press Release: Stakeholder workshop explores carbon pricing design options for the Energy Community

Includes the agenda and the presentations of the workshop.

The first workshop in the context of stakeholder consultations on the study on carbon pricing design for the Energy Community took place on 26 March 2020. More than 80 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, national ministries, energy companies, regulatory authorities as well as NGOs and other stakeholders from all Contracting Parties, received an overview of existing carbon pricing schemes in the Contracting Parties as well as the EU Emissions Trading System and other non-EU schemes.

Press Release: Energy and Climate Committee welcomes leading Contracting Parties’ progress on upgrading pledges under global Paris Agreement as well as integrated National Energy and Climate Plans

Today, the 5th Energy and Climate Committee meeting drew together more than 70 participants to discuss the Contracting Parties’ progress on the preparation of revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC2), ahead of COP26, and integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).

CANCELLED – Event: Your Europe, Your Say! 2020 (Brussels, 29 & 20 March 2020)

Update – this event has been cancelled.

Climate change is on everyone’s mind, and young people all over the globe are mobilising to save the planet. The European Economic and Social Committee is joining the movement and asking the young participants at YEYS for the best way forward in protecting our planet.

This year’s event will model an international climate change conference (COP).

The Committee is interested in hearing students’ fresh ideas on how to deal with the current climate crisis and how to come closer to meeting the 2050 climate-neutral ambitions.

UPDATED – Event: The Global Climate Emergency – Can the European Green Deal Deliver? (Brussels, 7 May 2020)

Update: This event is postponed to 7 May 2020.

The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report was published in Davos in January. For the first time in the survey’s 10-year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental: extreme weather events (e.g. floods, storms); failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; major natural disasters (e.g. earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, geomagnetic storms); major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; human-made environmental damage and disasters.

EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Forum, to discuss whether the European Green Deal can really deliver on its objectives and address the risk highlighted in WEF’s annual report.

UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (5 March 2020)

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Press Release: Belarus hosts consultations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty

On 13 March, 2020, the Ministry of Energy of Belarus hosted consultations on the modernisation in the context of potential ratification of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The event gathered over 15 representatives from different ministries and governmental agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

Communication: 2030 Climate Target Plan

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Press Release: Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020

Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020. These aim at increasing trade, strengthening connectivity and deepening economic integration with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, strengthening democratic institutions, the rule of law, environmental and climate resilience, supporting the digital transformation, and promoting fair and inclusive societies.

CANCELLED – Event: Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (Berlin, 24 & 25 March 2020)

Update – this event has been cancelled.

In the past years the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) has become a leading international forum for key stakeholders of the energy sector. High-level policymakers, industry, science and civil society are given the opportunity to share their experiences and ideas on a safe, affordable and environmentally responsible global energy transition.

The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue is hosted and supported by the German Federal Government and a joint initiative of German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), German Energy Agency (dena) and eclareon.

EP Political Groups Reactions to the Proposal for a Climate Law

This post will be updated to gather the reactions by EP Political Groups to the Proposal for a Climate Law.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (26 February 2020)

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Written Answer to a Question: EU commitments made in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow

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Written Answer to a Question: Romanian primeval forests and illegal loggers

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Stakeholder Reactions to the Proposal for a Climate Law

This post will be updated including reactions from relevant stakeholders to the Proposal for a Climate Law.

UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (12 March 2020)

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Press Release: EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa

The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility. Based on this document, Europe will engage discussions with African partners towards a new joint strategy to be endorsed at the European Union – African Union Summit in October 2020.

Report of the 27th round of negotiations on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

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Press Release: Global oil demand to decline in 2020 as coronavirus weighs heavily on markets

Global oil demand is expected to decline in 2020 as the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, constricting travel and broader economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest oil market forecast.

UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Energy (10 March 2020)

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