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The overall aim of the EU-SysFlex project is to provide a roadmap for Europe in meeting the challenge of integrating 50% renewables by 2030. Europe has ambitious plans to become greener and more decarbonized by increasing levels of renewable energy and implementing energy efficiency measures. Today, electrical energy accounts for approximately 20% of energy consumption… » read more

  Posted by Renewables at >50% in European grids

“The UN’s latest climate meeting ends positively. But there is a lot more to do if global warming is to be stopped” says The Economist about the 24th UN Conference of Parties, the so-called COP24, which came to an end in Katowice on Saturday 15th December. “The agreement struck in Poland is not strong enough,… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

In its 60-year history, the European Union has often distinguished itself by the use of innovative tools. Two come immediately to mind: the quotas and mechanisms under the Lomé Convention that offer developing country exporters the internal EU price rather than the dumping price practised on world markets. The regulatory innovation that was the rule… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

by Alexander Scheibe, PhD student in the Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg   This blog is a summary of a working paper written while I was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford, September to November 2018. The full paper is available for download here.   The… » read more

  Posted by RSIEAblog

In the period since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, Member States have more and more often and more and more passionately challenged the Union’s exercise of external relations powers conferred to it under the Lisbon Treaty. In the words of Advocate-General Kokott in her Opinion in the Antarctica cases legal actions are… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

In a Grand Chamber ruling of 4 September 2018, the European Court of Justice annulled two decisions of the Commission to refuse access to documents on impact assessment reports in environmental matters. The decision is an important precedent to ensure greater transparency of the EU institutions at the early stages of legislative action – arguably… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

Every other year in September, the global truck industry meets in Hanover for the International Motor Show dedicated to commercial vehicles. Given that ACEA represents the EU’s seven major truck manufacturers, we were also present in Hanover to set out the industry’s joint position on the EU proposal for truck CO2 standards. Most notably, we… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

            Ulrich Weber is the Head of Staff Unit Funding/Subsidies and EU Affairs at Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG and Director of Regional Office of VDV Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart. He is a member of the UITP European Union Committee (EUC) and nominated Chair of the EUC since May 2017. Today marks the end… » read more

  Posted by International Association of Public Transport

Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Il 17 agosto 2018 si sono riuniti circa 20 cittadini per parlare d’Europa in una Convenzione Cittadina (CoCi) organizzata da Giorgio Clarotti per Alliance Europa sul modello ispirato dalle CoCi lanciate dai Presidenti Juncker, Macron e dalla Cancelliera Merkel. La riunione mirava ‘Adulti attivi’ nel lavoro o in associazioni perché avevano poco partecipato al “pilota”… » read more

  Posted by TAXI: Europa

In a groundbreaking bill approved by Irish parliament on Thursday 12th of July, the Irish government is set to completely divest its Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) from companies with shares in the fossil fuel industry. The move makes the Irish government the first government in the world to divest from fossil fuels. The Fossil… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

Guest post by Matthew Spiegl, lawyer and the legal counsel for the Free Morgan Foundation (Netherlands) and Dr. Ingrid N. Visser, whale biologist and the co-founder of the Free Morgan Foundation. Words matter; the arrangement of words, the grammatical structure of sentences, the syntactical separation of subject and the disjunction of dissimilar provisions by paragraphs,… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Next month, on Tuesday 10 July to be precise, the European Parliament’s Committees on industry (ITRE) and transport (TRAN), will each cast key votes on the European Commission’s proposal for future CO2 targets for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, the latter better known as vans or LCVs. While the Commission’s proposal for post-2021 CO2… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

New report shows why the planned EU ban on unfair trading practices is urgently needed Millions of women and men who produce our food are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, despite billion-dollar profits in the food industry, reveals a new report published by Oxfam today. The report, ‘Ripe for Change’, also assesses… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

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