Global industry report dispels myth of nuclear renaissance

Brussels November, 6th 2016 



Nuclear energy is being outstripped by renewable energy globally, but despite safety risks and rising costs of new generation reactors, there is still no end in sight for nuclear power – also in Europe.

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The EU, urged to strengthen the youth guarantee scheme

The European Union’s flagship Youth Guarantee programme has been criticised for yielding disappointing results. Yet, Brussels has been told to invest more money and time in the scheme in order to push down the bloc’s youth jobless rate.

The European Commission’s Youth Guarantee initiative was first endorsed by the member states back in 2013, but three years later youth unemployment across the EU remains at 19%. In Greece, it stands at 50.3% and in Spain it is 43.9%.

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UN will force shipping to clean up its act

Brussels October, 26th 2016


The UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is pondering measures to cut shipping pollution and bring emissions into line with the Paris Agreement.

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Commission welcomes entry into force of Paris agreement ahead of UN climate conference in Marrakech

Brussels November, 4th 2016

paris agreement

The Paris Agreement legally enters into force today; 30 days after the EU's ratification pushed it past the threshold to take effect. The historic event comes less than a year after the landmark agreement was adopted and just days ahead of the UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

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COP21 goals: an alternative path to success

Brussels October, 10th 2016


Managing carbon emissions by imposing a refundable excise duty on the extraction of fossil fuels rather than on their emissions is an alternative and much more advantageous solution to reaching the objectives of the COP21 Agreement, argue Jacques de Gerlache and Romain Ferrari.

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New energy measures could trigger a 1% boost to the EU’s GDP


New energy measures set to be announced later this year could boost the EU’s GDP by 1% by 2030, pumping an additional €190 billion into the EU’s economy and creating up to 900,000 new jobs.

The new package of measures will cover renewable energy,energy efficiency in particular the buildings sector, electricity marketdesign and governance of the EU’s Energy Union  strategy.

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The commission invests over €220 million in green and low-carbon projects in member states

The Commission has approved an investment package of €222.7 million from the EU budget to support Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. The EU funding will spur additional investments leading to a total of €398.6 million to be invested into 144 new projects in 23 Member States. The support comes from the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action.

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Survey: EU citizens want equal rights for foreign residents

Despite the rise of populism in Europe, most EU citizens broadly reject the idea of national preference for employment, according to a survey carried out in five European countries. EurActiv France reports.

The EU is home to some 30 million foreign residents, who account for 6% of the bloc’s population.

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EU ‘asleep at the wheel’ as China and US race ahead in renewables


In the next five years, the European Union will fall behind the US and China in the deployment of renewables, according to the International Energy Agency.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has vowed to make the EU “the world number one in renewables”, as part of the bloc’s Energy Union to lessen dependence on imports and fight climate change.

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