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"Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni told the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee on Monday that the recovery fund would not be a one-off measure."

EU officials risk approval of recovery fund by Finland

EU Commissioners may have placed the bloc’s €750 billion recovery fund on shaky ground after telling MEPs the arrangement could become a regular and even permanent mechanism to boost growth

"Nature is our foundational capital, and we – politicians, industries, civil society organisations, governance institutions, farmers, citizens and all – must work together to preserve and restore it. We cannot live without it."

Bringing nature back to life

By: EBR | Friday, May 7, 2021

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said that biodiversity needs a Paris Agreement and COP15 in autumn this year is the world’s chance to achieve that

"To restore freedom of movement within the European Union, EU governments asked the European Commission to draft a proposal that would allow travel with a reduced risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus."

Q&A on the EU COVID-19 certificate

By: EBR | Friday, May 7, 2021

The European Parliament supports an EU COVID-19 certificate that would allow travel within Europe without additional restrictions or discrimination

"We are part of a generation growing up seeing forests burn, waters rise, glaciers collapse, heatwaves kill. We know that unless we transform the way we live, we face even worse in future."

Social justice and climate action are two pieces of the same puzzle

By: EBR | Friday, May 7, 2021

Politicians attending the Porto Social Summit this week must understand that social justice and climate action go hand in hand and are key to preventing the loss of a generation

Today’s Strategy covers the full lifecycle of medicines: from research, development and manufacturing to procurement and deployment.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics

By: EBR | Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Commission is today complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics

The signatories – Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden – emphasise the role that decarbonising the energy system will have in reaching Europe’s 2030 and 2050 climate goals.

Eleven EU countries call to ban fossil fuels from trans-European energy infrastructure

By: EBR | Thursday, May 6, 2021

Eleven EU countries have signed a declaration calling on the European Union to stop funding fossil fuels under its trans-European energy infrastructure regulation (TEN-E), which is currently under revision

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The European Green Deal sets out a series of ambitious policy plans, with the overall goal of a climate neutral EU by 2050.

Transition of cities – an opportunity for people and planet

By: EBR | Thursday, May 6, 2021

Mayors and city leaders can play a double role in the green transition – as ambassadors for the European green deal locally, and as representatives of people’s concerns and interests to other levels of government

"Battered by the pandemic and populism, the EU’s credibility is at a low ebb. To recover its mojo it must champion a far-sighted Europe-wide approach to overwhelming shifts threatening its member states. Only then will it be fit for purpose."

An EU that ignores ageing is no longer fit for purpose

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Is the European Union still fit for purpose, or is it floundering in the face of both urgent crises and long-term threats?

"The post of Germany’s next vice chancellor should be a shoo-in. To give the Greens a strong role in the new government and make the best use of Baerbock’s talents, she should be appointed to serve as a kind of “super minister” coordinating economic, energy, environmental and transport policy."

Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s Next Woman Chancellor?

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 4, 2021

In a curious twist of history, Baerbock holds the promise to execute on what turned out to be Angela Merkel’s highly misleading self-advertising

The European Commission’s revised renewable energy directive will be presented on 14 July as part of a broader package of laws intended to meet the bloc’s updated climate goals for 2030.

EU’s draft renewables law confirms 38-40% target for 2030

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 4, 2021

An early draft of the EU’s upcoming renewable energy directive confirms the bloc’s objective of sourcing 38-40% of its energy from renewables by 2030, roughly doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in Europe’s energy mix by the end of the decade

“The Commission has received a total of 13 recovery and resilience plans, from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia.”

Fourteen EU countries have submitted recovery plans, 13 still to go

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The European Commission has received national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRP) from 14 countries to access the bloc’s €750 billion recovery fund. 13 of the EU’s 27 member states are still missing from the list

The atlas provides quick and easy access to a comprehensive body of demographic data and knowledge, collected at EU, national, regional and local level.

Commission launches interactive tool to monitor and anticipate demographic change in the EU

By: EBR | Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Commission has launched an EU ‘Atlas of Demography’ – an interactive online tool to visualise, monitor and anticipate demographic change in the European Union, which has been developed by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC)

MEPs agreed that the new “EU COVID-19 certificate” - instead of Digital Green Certificate, as proposed by the Commission - should be in place for 12 months and not longer.

EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination

By: EBR | Thursday, April 29, 2021

On Thursday, Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic

Approved with 641 votes in favour, 44 against and 14 abstentions, the Civil Protection Mechanism will now be endowed with around €1.26 billion for the 2021-2027 period, a significant increase compared to what was allocated to it in the 2014-2020 EU budget (€368.4 million).

EU Parliament approves reform of civil protection mechanism

By: EBR | Thursday, April 29, 2021

The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (27 April) a strengthened legal framework for the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to ensure that the EU is better prepared “to respond to future large-scale emergencies”

"As coronavirus vaccination programs roll out and ramp up across Europe, national lockdowns are easing and there are signs that life across the continent is slowly returning to a form of pre-pandemic normality."

Is the EU Doing Enough to Fight Coronavirus Globally?

By: EBR | Thursday, April 29, 2021

Globally, EU assistance has been slow to materialize. Supporting countries in dire need of coronavirus vaccines—through both the provision of vaccines and the sharing of patents—would project the union’s soft power capacity

“If we want to carry enough hydrogen in an aircraft, we have to compress it at very high pressures, or liquefy it at very low temperatures.”

Aviation bosses dismiss hydrogen as best path to green flying

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Two of Europe’s leading aviation companies have cast doubt on hydrogen’s ability to replace kerosene in the near future, arguing that scaling up sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) is the best option to decarbonise flying

It is Annalena Baerbock, the 40-year-old co-leader of the Greens, who has just been selected as her party’s candidate for chancellor.

Germany’s New Political Star is Poised to Deliver on Merkel’s Original Promise

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

In a curious twist of history, Baerbock holds the promise to execute on what turned out to be Angela Merkel’s highly misleading self-advertising

The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s evaluation of and expectations from the deal, passed by 578 votes, with 51 against and 68 abstentions.

Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship

The RRF is the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU, the EU’s plan for emerging stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will provide up to €672.5 billion to support investments and reforms (in 2018 prices).

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Germany and Greece submit official recovery and resilience plans

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Commission has received official recovery and resilience plans from Germany and Greece

"The sheer complexity of long-term planning of investment and reforms, while conforming to EU requirements that 37% of the funds must go to fighting climate change and 20% to digitalising the economy, means many will postpone submission until mid-May."

From coal and steel to carbon-free and digital: EU reaches turning point

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Years from now, 2021 may be seen as the moment the European Union took a leap forward from its post-World War Two birth as a coal and steel bloc to a modern green and digital economy

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