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In a recent paper, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) found that emissions must fall every year by 4.2% until 2030 to cap warming at 1.5°C.

The EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

The European Commission has proposed to strengthen its 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 50% or 55% on 1990 levels in the next ten years

The European health advisory body teamed up with the EU’s maritime and aviation safety as well as railway agencies to manage COVID-19 spread on planes, cruise ships and trains.

Autumn challenges ahead as COVID rates rise amid European travel season

By: EBR | Friday, July 31, 2020

Several European countries are experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases as holidaymakers set out to enjoy the last month of summer but experts are more concerned about a potential increase in COVID-19 infections in autumn

"Europe needs a skills revolution, one that is inclusive and does not leave anyone behind. To achieve this we presented recently a new, ambitious, innovative, measureable, and inclusive Skills Agenda..."

Erasmus+ funding to develop excellence in vocational training in Europe

By: EBR | Friday, July 31, 2020

Skills: Five new cross-border collaboration projects selected for Erasmus+ funding to develop excellence in vocational training in Europe

"The focus of the strategy is mostly on large-scale systems, pan-European gas networks etc. However, electrolysers connected to small to medium-scale renewables will play a very important role helping to integrate more renewables into distribution networks."

EU’s hydrogen strategy a good start but key problems sidestepped

By: EBR | Thursday, July 30, 2020

Europe’s hydrogen strategy mostly points in the right direction by identifying renewable hydrogen as a key energy vector and necessary storage solution for delivering a zero-carbon EU, but it side-steps several key problems that go to the core of what will make green hydrogen a timely success

“For Europe, the peak of the disruption was in early April when 19 manufacturing sites were temporarily closed in Spain and Italy in response to Government measures.”

Wind industry ‘remained resilient’ during COVID-19 crisis

By: EBR | Thursday, July 30, 2020

Despite major disruptions to production and assembly in the first semester, installation of new wind farms over the first half of 2020 was comparable to previous years, industry figures show

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that with the new security law in place, “It makes sense to treat Hong Kong no differently from mainland China” when it comes to the export of equipment that can be used for repression.

EU to restrict exports to Hong Kong over security law

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The European Union on Tuesday (28 July) agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law

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"Unjustified tariffs on European products are not acceptable and, arising from the compliance in the Airbus case, we insist that the United States lifts these unjustified tariffs immediately..."

EU and Airbus Member States take action to ensure full compliance in the WTO aircraft dispute

By: EBR | Friday, July 24, 2020

The governments of France and Spain agreed with Airbus SE to modify the terms of the Repayable Launch Investment granted by them for development of the A350 aircraft to reflect market conditions

MEPs reiterate that Parliament will not give its consent for the MFF without an agreement on the reform of the EU’s own resources system, including the introduction of a basket of new own resources by the end of the 2021-2027 MFF which is necessary to cover at least the costs related to the recovery plan.

EU long-term budget deal must be improved for Parliament to accept it

By: EBR | Friday, July 24, 2020

The recovery fund is a “historic move”, but long-term EU priorities such as the Green Deal and the Digital Agenda are put at risk, MEPs say

After cybercriminals, around one in three citizens (31%) are apprehensive about their data being accessed by businesses without their permission, followed by foreign governments (30%), the research, based on responses of 35,000 people across the EU, UK & North Macedonia, found.

EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse

By: EBR | Thursday, July 23, 2020

More than one in two citizens of the European Union are concerned about the misuse of their online data by fraudsters and cybercriminals, a new EU study has found

«More revealing is the order of priorities in the next MFF. Its first heading is the “Single market, Innovation and Digital” followed by “Cohesion, Resilience and Values.”»

Europe’s Expensive Coronavirus Summit

By: EBR | Thursday, July 23, 2020

Neither values nor geopolitics played any role when EU leaders agreed to spend their way out of the coronavirus crisis at a marathon summit. Once again, Europe as a strategic player has been postponed

While electricity demand in the EU fell by 7% due to COVID-19, generation from renewables rose by 11%, largely driven by new wind and solar installations which produced a record fifth of Europe’s electricity.

Renewables overtake fossil fuels in EU power generation

By: EBR | Thursday, July 23, 2020

Renewable sources have overtaken coal, oil and gas in EU electricity generation for the first time, new analysis shows

There are 17 SDGs in all, which form the basis of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each goal tackles a different issue, covering a range of environmental, social, economic and political concerns. They are designed to ensure that access to education, health, prosperity and a clean environment are not overlooked in strategies for economic growth.

Europe is progressing most towards these UN Sustainability Goals: A report card for Europe

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Europe is making progress toward several of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but other goals still require significant work, according to a report from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission

"If the deal had passed as envisioned, Merkel could claim full credit. And if it passed, as has now happened, with significant conditions attached, she can claim that she tried to be very generous, but that there simply was too much determined opposition."

Saint Angela of Europe

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 22, 2020

How Angela Merkel could effectively operate at the just-concluded European Summit on the basis of a well-hedged position

"The original proposal by the Commission, which played a rather passive role in the summit, was split €500 billion to €250 billion in favour of grants. But as they were linked to key programmes funded through the EU budget, subsequent cuts will have an impact on their size too."

Council brokers historic stimulus pact as budget cuts, rule of law retreat plague deal

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Leaders of the 27 EU countries finally compromised on a €1,074 billion long-term budget and recovery fund instrument early on Tuesday (21 July) morning, but it took one of the longest-lasting summits in European Council history and the final deal cut funding for some of the bloc’s key priorities

The EU is facing the worst recession in its history with economic output expected to fall by 8.3% across the bloc, according to the European Commission’s latest forecast, and up to 10% in the hardest-hit countries.

Leaders edge closer to deal as EU recovery fund talks enter fourth day

By: EBR | Monday, July 20, 2020

EU leaders have edged closer to a compromise on a new long-term budget and a multi-billion euro coronavirus recovery fund and will reconvene on Monday (20 July) afternoon for a fourth day of negotiations

"The €2.2 billion EU contribution to this crucial transport infrastructure will help kick-start the recovery, and we expect it to generate €5 billion in investments..."

Boosting the EU’s Green Recovery: EU invests over €2 billion in 140 key transport projects to jump-start the economy

By: EBR | Friday, July 17, 2020

The EU is supporting the economic recovery in all Member States by injecting almost €2.2 billion into 140 key transport projects

EU heads of states and governments are meeting on Friday and Saturday in Brussels to negotiate a €1 trillion budget for the next seven years and a €750 billion recovery fund.

EU leaders pressed to overcome differences and agree on historic stimulus

By: EBR | Friday, July 17, 2020

Pressure is mounting on EU leaders to get over their differences as they meet on Friday (17 July) in person for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak to close a deal on an unprecedented stimulus package to tackle the socio-economic fallout of the crisis

"The persistent economic divergence among member states is a consequence of the halfway construction of the eurozone."

Raising Europe’s Global Role Starts at Home

By: EBR | Friday, July 17, 2020

Europe is immersed in the world around it. But in order to strengthen the EU’s global role, the European Council will need to understand the deep connection between domestic struggles and international ambitions

A review of more than 40 sectorial forecast scenarios, conducted by the Research Consortium for R&D (RE-CORD), found consensus on two main facts: sustainable biofuels will still play a fundamental role all the way through 2050, and advanced biofuels are expected to become the largest share of biofuels contribution yet before 2040.

We won’t get there without sustainable biofuels

By: EBR | Friday, July 17, 2020

It is common knowledge by now: transport is and stays a big greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the EU and worldwide

"The consumer Internet of Things is expected to grow significantly in the coming years and become commonplace in the daily lives of European consumers..."

Antitrust: Commission launches sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

By: EBR | Thursday, July 16, 2020

The European Commission today launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services in the European Union

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The EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

The EU can and must cut emissions by more than 55% by 2030

The European Commission has proposed to strengthen its 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction target to 50% or 55% on 1990 levels in the next ten years

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