With Croatia coming next in the Presidency cycle of the EU Council we are delighted to welcome Ambassador Goran Štefanić. The Ambassador will discuss the priorities of the Croatian Presidency and what they hope to achieve during their 6-month leadership starting in January 2020.
On 28 November, The Council will be invited to agree its position (general approach) on two legislative proposals: directive on representative actions for consumers and the directive on country-by-country reporting. Ministers will also debate the external dimension of European competitiveness.
On 29 November, the Council will adopt conclusions on space solutions for a sustainable Arctic and Ministers will also debate on ways of fostering a sustainable space economy. In the afternoon, the Council will be invited to agree partial general approaches on several initiatives: European Institute of Technology (EIT), the strategic innovation agenda of the EIT (TBC), recitals and annex IV of the Horizon Europe regulation on the future Euratom research programme and future Euratom research programme (TBC). In addition, the Council will adopt conclusions on the updated EU bioeconomy strategy. Over lunch, ministers will exchange views on the contribution of Horizon Europe to attracting private research and development investments for sustainable growth.
The Report presents the findings of a review into activities supported by the FCH 2 JU by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The 2018 review includes 87 projects that were ongoing for any time in April-October of 2017.
It pays particular attention to the added value, effectiveness and techno-economic efficiency of FCH 2 JU projects, assigned to six review panels under two main pillars – Transport and Energy – as well as Support for Market Uptake (cross-cutting) activities such as standards and consumer awareness.
The H2020 CLARA project aims to develop a set of climate services, building upon the Copernicus Climate Change Services near term forecasts and sectoral information systems (SIS). The SIS provide examples of how climate data can be transformed and made relevant to users It is therefore complementary to the C3S, which focuses on good practice examples that can be used as starting point for others to develop their own services.
Weekly activities of the Commissioners in energy & climate, environment, digital, transport, trade, finance, food & drink and health policy.
There will be a chance to discuss the new policy proposals under the Green Deal, such as
- more ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030;
- a just transition including a new industrial policy;
- a Sustainable Europe Investment Plan
By Transport & Environment
Unlike combustion engines that burn oil, batteries do not burn lithium or other minerals like cobalt and nickel, which can be fully recovered and used again. From a life cycle perspective battery-powered vehicles are already better than engined cars. However, they still have an environmental impact, notably in parts of their manufacturing and metals extraction. This paper, informed by the report available below, outlines T&E’s vision of how an upcoming EU regulation can minimise the environmental impact and maximise both the industrial and climate benefits of batteries in transport.
The press releases regarding the outcomes of the Commissioner-designate hearings are included in this post.
For the past 10 years, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) has been committed to the sustainable development of necessary electricity grids. Expanding the grid to connect renewable energy sources (RES) to consumers and to facilitate the use of RES across Europe is an essential and efficient way to decarbonise the economy. However, a RES based energy system will need more than grids to provide the required system flexibility. Significant changes are needed to successfully manage and efficiently achieve the energy transition. New flexibility options need to be developed to control frequency and voltage and new technologies are needed to provide long-term energy storage, among others.
A new European legislative package is required to address these needs and we want to investigate what are the key elements of such a forward looking “Climate Neutral Integrated System Package”.