New rules setting out a clear regulatory framework to operate gas pipelines inside the EU and from non-EU countries were provisionally agreed between MEPs and member states.
An integrated EU energy market is the most cost-effective way to ensure secure and affordable supplies to EU citizens and mitigate climate change. A completed internal energy market could bring net economic benefits between 16 and 40 billion euros each year. Substantial progress has been achieved to date but in order to reap full benefits more investment is needed in strategic cross-border infrastructure, and developing smart grids for electricity. Common and transparent rules on how the energy grids are used need to be put in place. These are the main points of the Communication on the challenges for completing the internal energy market released by the European Commission today.
The European Commission and the European fusion research laboratories are launching today a European joint programme on fusion in Horizon2020 – ‘EUROfusion’ – that will ensure significant progress along the path towards the realisation of fusion energy. This joint programme has an overall budget of at least 850 million euro over the period 2014-18, of which about half will come from the Euratom Horizon 2020 fusion energy research programme.
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive.
Chemicals which damage the ozone layer continue to be phased out in the European Union, according to the latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
There has been a rapid growth in demand for raw materials in recent years. The supply of some of these materials into the market has been constrained by the policies of major producers.
Air pollutants are still being emitted above legal limits in the EU. Recent data from the EU Member States shows that a number of countries continued to breach their emission ceilings in 2012.
The SET Plan has recognised that one of the key elements in supporting energy technology innovation at EU level, is the availability and mobilisation of appropriately skilled human resources.The SET Plan Roadmap on Education and Training addresses the human resource challenge for the energy research and innovation sector and constitutes an integral part of the SET Plan agenda.
Uit een vandaag gepubliceerde speciale Eurobarometer-opiniepeiling blijkt dat 80% van de respondenten in de Europese Unie vindt dat een efficiënter gebruik van energie en de strijd tegen klimaatverandering de economie en de werkgelegenheid ten goede kunnen komen. Het percentage is licht gestegen vergeleken met de vorige peiling (toen het percentage nog 78% bedroeg).
De Commissie is een openbare raadpleging gestart over de wijze waarop de EU doeltreffender kan optreden tegen de illegale handel in wilde dieren en planten. Aanleiding hiervoor is de recente wereldwijde toename van stroperij en illegale handel in wilde dieren, die intussen voor sommige soorten een ongekende omvang hebben bereikt.