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Addressing our inconsistencies in order to meet the challenge

Addressing our inconsistencies in order to meet the challenge

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

How do we respond to the emergency, to the need to adjust our path and revisit our goals, without changing a single policy? In some […]

What cities need from the next Horizon Europe funding programme

What cities need from the next Horizon Europe funding programme

4 recommendations to activate the next-generation climate governance

When the European Commission published the new mission-oriented approach proposed for the forthcoming Horizon Europe programme in January 2018, we were glad to see such […]

EIB’s proposed divestment from fossil fuels could go up in flames

EIB’s proposed divestment from fossil fuels could go up in flames

Pro-gas forces threaten to derail ambitious proposal from Europe’s public bank

In July 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) proposed a bold new energy lending policy which would halt support to all fossil fuel projects by […]

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

New LIFE PlanUp report provides guidance on participative governance to national policymakers

With EU Member States set to submit their final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) by the end of the year, they should tap into the potential of their cities and citizens to design and deliver robust, ambitious and mutually beneficial plans.

Culling the Incoming Commissioners

Culling the Incoming Commissioners

European Parliament hearings of Commissioner-designates get underway in Brussels

The European Parliament is questioning the proposed commissioners in Brussels this week. The hearings are essential to inform Parliament’s decision to give its consent to, […]

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

Climate package proposed by Government falls short in meeting demand for ambitious action

It has been trumpeted as a “very powerful package” by the German government. The long-awaited draft of Germany’s first climate protection law, unveiled on September 20, is ultimately insufficient to catapult the so-called energy transition pioneer back into climate leadership.

The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

Where we stand and what Merkel and her team can learn from others

With a new climate action law, chancellor Angela Merkel can show how serious the so-called energy transition pioneer takes its task.

« If you had only one wish? »

« If you had only one wish? »

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

This summer, far from Brussels’ overheated streets, I was asked this seemingly innocent question by a friend while chatting after a pleasant walk: “if you […]

Time travel : Our letter to incoming EU Commission President

Time travel : Our letter to incoming EU Commission President

How to get to 2050 and succeed in 2030

September in Brussels is known as the ‘Rentrée’ when the crowds of lobbyists, commission employees, MEPs and so on make their way back to Brussels […]

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

New draft energy lending policy might turn the EIB into EU's first climate bank by end of 2020

In its draft describing the new energy lending policy published today, the European Investment Bank takes a big step for climate action. Will it be able to stick to its promise?

The local view on EU policies

Energy Cities is the local authorities’ watchdog on European and national energy and climate policies. Now that Brussels has formally adopted its “clean energy package”, we monitor how the progressive provisions we advocated for are being translated at national level.  On the EU front, we continue to call for a better alignment of energy, regional and agricultural policies and for an overall budget in line with the 2050 decarbonisation objective.

The manifesto is directed at MEPs and officials that will make up the next European Parliament and Commission.
We outline four ‘quick wins’ to help decision-makers in Brussels hit the ground running. Our suggestions around four ‘legacy issues’ provide more complex and ambitious goals to help build the legacy of a sustainable Europe.

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