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“National governments are playing nice now as they vote on each other’s plans. We should expect much heavier scrutiny when it comes to member states requesting payouts.”

Recovery plans: When the game will toughen up

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The recovery plans of 12 member states are expected to be adopted by EU finance ministers at a meeting on Tuesday. For now, the atmosphere is positive but things are expected to change when the first payment requests are made following the progress reports

"The European Green Deal is to play an important role in the region’s COVID-19 recovery."

What you need to know about the European Green Deal - and what comes next

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Nearly two years after the European Commission launched the European Green Deal in December 2019, the EU’s landscape has changed greatly, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing a contraction of the bloc’s GDP by 6.1% in 2020

“The biggest user of Hydrogen in 2050 is the transport sector,” said Deloitte’s Johannes Truby, one of the authors of the report, who predicted that Europe’s total hydrogen demand is likely to be above 100 million tonnes by mid-century.

Europe could save €2 trillion by 2050 with low-carbon hydrogen, says report

By: EBR | Monday, July 12, 2021

A new report by Deloitte says massive cost savings can be achieved on the way towards climate neutrality if gas is given a more prominent role

"The EU’s climate target of a 55% emissions reduction by 2030 should be considered the bare minimum if we are to keep on track to fulfil the Paris Agreement goal of keeping the global temperature rise within 1.5 Celsius by 2050."

Balance climate ambition with recovery efforts so that East can meet West

By: EBR | Friday, July 9, 2021

The Visegrad capital cities can help lead the region towards meeting the EU’s climate ambitions and in halting a growing East/West divide

"The impact of coronavirus lockdowns on the energy industry led carbon emissions to plummet by 6% on the year before, the sharpest decline since 1945, according to BP’s annual review of the energy sector."

Global wind and solar power capacity grew at record rate in 2020

By: EBR | Friday, July 9, 2021

BP’s annual report reveals renewable energy boom in pandemic coincided with slump in demand for oil

"If the EU remains determined to protect the single market and the UK continues to insist on its right to set its own rules, especially on food safety—the casus belli of the sausage war—then compromise looks somewhere between hard and impossible."

The Price of Britain’s Megaphone Diplomacy With the EU

By: EBR | Friday, July 9, 2021

The coming months may well see more bitterness and friction in UK-EU relations. These tensions threaten to unravel the fragile 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which has largely kept violence at bay in Northern Ireland

“Such imports would introduce an unfair competition with the nascent EU based clean hydrogen production thus hampering the development of an EU hydrogen industrial value chain.”

Electricity giants call for carbon tariff on EU hydrogen imports

By: EBR | Thursday, July 8, 2021

A coalition of European electricity groups including EDF, Enel, Iberdrola, and Orsted have called on the European Commission to impose a carbon tariff on hydrogen imports coming into Europe

"MEPs condemn any counter-sanctions imposed on the EU, its institutions and Members of Parliament, bodies or citizens, solely for upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law through the GHRSR."

Human rights: MEPs want corruption punished under EU sanctions regime

By: EBR | Thursday, July 8, 2021

Parliament has adopted a resolution welcoming the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, while calling for corruption to be included as a punishable offence

"Europe’s fully renewable energy future is within reach and with it the promise of a sustainable, competitive, and climate-neutral economy delivering millions of green jobs."

Why the European Green Deal needs a 45% renewables target by 2030

By: EBR | Thursday, July 8, 2021

Looking at EU member states’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2030, the European Union is far from harvesting its full solar potential

"New funds for cross-border transport, energy and digital projects available from 2021."

€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 7, 2021

On Wednesday, Parliament adopted the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme and released new funds for transport, digital and energy projects for 2021-2027

The European Union’s sustainable finance framework, published on Tuesday, sets out detailed milestones and measures for finance, companies and households to reach its climate goal.

EU turns to finance to achieve ‘climate neutral continent’

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Europe plans to funnel hundreds of billions of euros into sustainable investments each year through EU banks and markets to create the first “climate-neutral continent” by 2050

"The education sector is being transformed. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly dependent on advanced digital products and services. The pandemic response has accelerated and exemplified this dependency with education all around the world going online overnight."

New European laws must protect children’s data

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 7, 2021

As education becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the need for regulation and oversight of the EdTech industry becomes more urgent and Europe should lead in the efforts to protect children’s data and futures

“Electric heat pumps are three times more efficient than gas boilers and, will therefore be a major contributor to energy efficiency, while at the same time being an important source of renewable heating and cooling with no exhaust emissions”.

European electricity grid can handle 50 million heat pumps

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Electric heat pumps can be deployed on a large scale in Europe without jeopardising grid stability while allowing greater integration of renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency in buildings

According to press releases, the leaders of “right-wing parties” signed simultaneously in several European capitals a document calling for deep reform of the EU, because in their words, “instead of protecting Europe and its heritage, it is itself becoming a  source of problems and anxiety”.

Orban, Le Pen, Salvini, Kaczynski join forces to impact on the future of EU

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Far-right parties from 16 EU countries, including Frances’ Rassemblement National, Poland’s PiS, Hungary’s Fidesz, and Italy’s Lega, united on Friday (2 July) with the declared objective of making their voice heard in the context of the debate on the future of Europe

"The aim is to encourage airlines to start switching to sustainable fuels, such as e-kerosene, to curb greenhouse gas emissions."

EU to propose aviation fuel tax in green policy push

By: EBR | Monday, July 5, 2021

The European Commission has drafted plans to set an EU-wide minimum tax rate for polluting aviation fuels, as it seeks to meet more ambitious targets to fight climate change

"It is equally imprudent to simply urge Western Balkan governments to bolster their “political will,” which Rasmussen identified as the top challenge to the Green Agenda."

The EU’s Green Agenda for the Western Balkans Packs a Risky Geopolitical Agenda

By: EBR | Monday, July 5, 2021

EU funding mobilized for the Western Balkans’ green transformation could ultimately flow right into the coffers of Russia and China. The European Commission cannot ignore the geopolitical implications of its Green Agenda for the region

"The Commission, even before COVID-19 brutally swept the world, had identified massive renovation plans for buildings as central to delivering the European Green Deal and had announced the ‘Renovation Wave’ as a flagship initiative for its mandate to succeed on core European priorities."

Why the renovation wave matters more than the EU knows

By: EBR | Monday, July 5, 2021

The unprecedented push for renovation across Europe needs to be in line with its climate ambition and work in synergy with the rest of the EU’s climate legislation in order to fulfil its potential

"Merkel’s visit is seen in London as a chance to shore up diplomatic relations with its second-biggest sovereign trading partner after years of wrangling over Britain’s exit from the European Union."

Johnson welcomes Merkel for swansong UK trip

By: EBR | Friday, July 2, 2021

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet of top ministers during a visit to Britain on Friday (2 July), the first time a foreign leader has done so in nearly 25 years

"Nord Stream 2 is in the last stages of finalisation. This realisation has guided the shift in policy in Washington and opened the door to political discussion aimed at improving energy security for Ukraine."

‘Making whole’ Nord Steam-2’s opponents

By: EBR | Thursday, July 1, 2021

Poland and Ukraine have long opposed the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and both claim that their financial and political losses should be compensated. But in fact, they were already ‘made whole’

“Consumers face many challenges, especially in the digital world which revolutionised shopping, services or financial markets..."

Consumer protection

By: EBR | Thursday, July 1, 2021

Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit

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