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Fishing boats in Malta © EU
19/04/2017 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate / EU regional and urban development

Today the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.

Pollution form car exhaust © EU
04/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The fact that diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are much higher in real driving conditions than in laboratory tests was known to the EU member states and Commission over a decade ago. They should now act swiftly to improve tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, say MEPs.

Man harvesting palm oil © EU
04/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020, say MEPs. 

José A Herrera and Miguel Arias Canete © EU
28/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council agreed its negotiating position for the review of the emission trading system (ETS). Ministers also discussed how to put the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practice, focusing in particular on what it means for the EU's environmental policy. 

Miguel Arias Canete and Konrad Mizzi © EU
27/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

Ministers gave their first reactions to the Commission's extensive legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans". The Council also heard the Commission's presentation of its recent report on the State of the Energy Union.

03/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel
Sonnenkollektoren und Windkraftanlagen in EU-Karte © EU
01/02/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Second Report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the modernisation of the European Union economy and the transition to a low-carbon era are happening.

Illustration de l’économie circulaire © UE
26/01/2017 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate / Consumer affairs and public health

One year after adopting its Circular Economy Package, the Commission today reports on the delivery and progress of key initiatives of its 2015 Action Plan.

From left to right: Mr Miguel ARIAS CANETE, member of the European Commission, Mr Laszlo SOLYMOS, Slovak Minister of the Environment, and Mr Karmenu VELLA, member of the European Commission © EU
19/12/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

Ministers discussed the review of the emission trading system (ETS) and adopted conclusions on the sound management of chemicals.

14/12/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation
Violeta Bulc, member of the European Commission © EU
05/12/2016 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council held a policy debate on the proposal for a regulation concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply. It also adopted a general approach on new rules for wholesale roaming markets in the EU and agreed its position on the revision of safety rules for civil aviation.

Maros Sefcovic and Miguel Arias Canete © EU
30/11/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

The European Commission presents a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing the global energy markets.

Feuilles en cercle dans l'eau © UE
03/11/2016 - Energy, environment and climate / Consumer affairs and public health

The European 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.

Taavi Rõivas, Jean-Claude Juncker and Juha Sipilä © EU
21/10/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

A first gas interconnector between Finland and Estonia will end the long lasting gas isolation of Finland and help, boosting security of supply and bringing an economic lift to the region. 

17/10/2016 - Energy, environment and climate
Windräder © EU
30/09/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council agreed to speed up the process of ratification of the Paris Agreement. This agreement sets the framework for global action on climate change. 

Family photo © EU
05/09/2016 - Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade

G20 leaders met in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit. The theme of this year's summit was “Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”. 

Electricity pilons © EU
15/07/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

Today EU Member States agreed on the European Commission's proposal to invest €263 million in key European energy infrastructure projects. The lion's share of the investment will support the building of gas infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region as well as supporting the electricity sector across Europe.

20/06/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

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