Academic: ‘Clear evidence that cohesion policy has a significant impact’

Brussels November, 16th 2016



The EU’s cohesion policy, which aims at closing the development gap between rich and poor regions, has succeeded in boosting local growth although many people aren’t aware of it, professor John Bachtler said in an interview.

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Turning energy transition into a revolution

Brussels November, 8th 2016



The energy sector could see a revolution along the same lines as the digital sector, but we first need to scale up breakthrough technologies and train more experts in areas such as smart grids, storage and renewables, according to Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union.

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

Brussels November, 4th 2016

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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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Time for an EU climate policy 2.0?

Brussels November, 10th 2016

The European Commission will soon release its second annual report on the State of the European Energy Union. This is a pivotal moment in the EU’s political calendar, write Teresa Ribera and Thomas Spencer.

By Teresa Ribera is the director of IDDRI and Thomas Spencer is the climate programme director at IDDRI, the FrenchInstitute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, a non-profit policy research institute based in Paris.

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COP22 – what now in Marrakech?

Brussels November, 8th 2016


Last week, vision turned into reality as the Paris Agreement officially came into force, ushering a new era of climate action. As COP22 has started yesterday, what does this actually mean for the global green economy?

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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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Donald Trump is elected President of The United States

Brussels November, 9th 2016


"I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past — of which there were a few people — I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can unify our great country”

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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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