Austria Striving for Climate Neutrality

Austria Carbon Neutral 2040

The Commission has allocated €76 million to Austria to fight climate change.  Austria will receive in total €136 million (in current prices) under the JTF to help make sure that the transition to climate neutrality does not leave anyone behind in the Austrian local economy and society.  Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, said: “The adoption of the Austrian Just Transition…

Making the Green Deal a Reality

Making the green Deal a Reality

The Commission has adopted three new initiatives that are necessary for making the Green Deal a reality. The Commission is proposing new rules to curb EU-driven deforestation, as well as new rules to facilitate intra-EU waste shipments to promote circular economy and tackle the export of illegal waste and waste challenges to third countries. The…

Commission Pledges €100 at COP26


At a high-level plenary session at COP26, the European Commission announced a new pledge of €100 million in finance for the Adaptation Fund. Speaking in Glasgow, Executive-Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “We have to scale up international climate finance and provide a predictable framework for its delivery. The Adaptation Fund can play a key role and that is…

Morocco and the EU to Establish “Green Partnership”

EU Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco and the EU have launched a joint political declaration of their intention to establish a “Green Partnership” initiative.  The declaration was announced at a high level event bringing together Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Mr. Mohamed Benchaâboun, Minister of the Economy, Finance and…

Climate Targets

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has presented its trend report on climate and energy targets in Europe.  Jutta Paulus, Green member of the Environment Committee and deputy member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, said one positive aspect is that already in 2019, emissions were lowered by four percent compared to the previous year….

CAP Reform

In a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, leading EPP Group Members of the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee have requested that she lets the negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy go on and that Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans respects the co-legislators and the democratic process. “We note with great concern that contradictory…

EP Completes Hearings for New Commission Nominees

The Conference of Presidents (President Sassoli and political groups’ leaders) closed the hearings process today. Parliament will vote on the new Commission on 27 November. After the meeting, European Parliament President David Sassoli said: “During the last two months, the European Parliament has played its democratic role, scrutinising the performances of the proposed Commissioners closely….

Norica Nicolai MEP Responds To Frans Timmermans

We reprint here an open letter from Norica Nicolai to Frans Timmermans, European Commissioner and First Vice-President of the European Commission Who threatens Romania with activating Article 7? With this question, I will open my letter, writes Norica Nicolai. First, the rules of integrity of the European Commissioners have recently been changed for you and your…