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Friday, March 13, 2020
New EU Industrial Strategy Package aims at holistic transformation of European industries
On 10 March, the EC released the latest package of files part of the European Green Deal consisting of four Communications including: New Industrial Strategy for Europe; SME Strategy for a Sustainable and Digital Europe; Identifying and Addressing Barriers to the Single Market; and Long ...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
EC adopts new Circular Economy Action Plan
The EC adopted the new ‘Circular Economy Action Plan’, which includes revised legislative proposals on waste, with the aim of stimulating Europe’s transition to a circular economy. The Action Plan covers the whole cycle - from production and consumption to waste management and the secondary ...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The EU Climate Law – a step in the right direction or a missed opportunity?
The EC published its landmark proposal for a Regulation establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality, also known as the European Climate Law. Additionally, the EC launched public consultations on the future European Climate Pact, as well as on the impact assessments on the future Carbon Border ...

Friday, January 31, 2020
Brexit – not an end but a new beginning
On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. Following a calamitous Brexit negotiation process and after the change of three British governments since the referendum in 2016, the UK will quit the community it joined in 1973. However, on 01 February ...

Friday, January 17, 2020
EC proposes investment plan and mechanism to support and finance European green transition
On 14 January 2020, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) and the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, which should contribute to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal, namely to foster the emergence of new clean energy and circular ...

Thursday, December 19, 2019
COP25 – Takeaways after a bitter end to the largest climate conference
Following months of climate marches, protests, campaigning, and an ever higher number of people concerned about the effects of climate change, the 25th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), held from 02 to 15 ...

Friday, December 13, 2019
The European Green Deal – The Start of a Cross-Sectoral Revolution?
On 11 December, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen started her presentation of the European Green Deal (EGD) as “Europe’s man on the moon moment”. The problems it aims to address are urgent and affect all layers of society, industry and the very fibre ...

Sunday, December 1, 2019
Changing the guard… new faces in key EU energy positions
In  the beginning of December 2019, the new College of Commissioners of Ms Ursula von der Leyen took office. The new Commissioners responsible for energy and climate matters are Mr Frans Timmermans and Ms Kadri Simson. They replace outgoing Mr Miguel Arias Cañete, the Spanish Commissioner for ...