The European Commission is planning to adopt the controversial ‘taxonomy’ proposal on Wednesday. It is a step towards classifying which energy sources can be labeled green for investment in the energy sector. The Commission is planning to classify nuclear and gas as green and environmentally sustainable, which has sparked a heated debate amongst the climate campaigners, scientists, German and Austrian greens, and some investors. The taxonomy draft was presented on 31 December 2021.
Category: Climate Change
What does the EU pledge at COP26?
World leaders are coming together in Glasgow to discuss climate change and the necessary measures to mitigate its effects in the format of the COP26. The Commission’s goal: agree on more ambitious emission reduction targets, put a price on carbon, and scale up investments in climate finance to support developing countries.
EU seeks to increase influence in the Arctic
The European Commission presented a new Arctic policy on Wednesday, 13 October, with the aim to increase influence in the region. The EU’s new policy is an update of the strategy dating back from 2016, and now focuses heavily on mitigating the effects of climate change, while also positioning the EU as a geopolitical actor in the region.
Poland asked to pay € 500,000 daily fine for breaching EU climate law
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) asked Poland to pay a € 500,000 daily fine to the EU Budget for breaching EU Climate law on Monday, 20 September. Warsaw continued its mining […]
European Council adopts the European climate law
Last Monday, on 28 June, the European Union decided to move a step closer to combating climate change by adopting the first climate law at the EU level. The main objective of this legal document […]
Greenland: a forerunner for Europe?
Every one of us has heard of Greenland and has a certain perception, which might be – or not – in accordance with the reality on the ground. This island, seventy times the size of […]
What’s the Deal with the EU Green Deal?
The European Green Deal is a 17 pages long document written by the current The EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the […]
‘Vjosa river national park now’
Last week, environmental organisations installed banners with the slogan “Vjosa river national park now” in front of famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, and the EU Commission in Brussels calling for the preservation of the Albanian Vjosa river. NGOs want the river to get a ‘national park’ status before a new administration comes in.
Veggie meat marketing saved
On 23 October, the European Parliament (EP) voted on amendments to a law designed to reform the EU’s common organisation of the agricultural markets, which is one large component of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU’s most budget-intensive policy The amendments in question dealt with a hotly debated issue: the labelling of meat and dairy substitutes…
Vote what down?
Many topics were discussed in last week’s plenary session of the European Parliament, but one of its most important ones was the CAP. Or the Common Agricultural Policy. The discussion was even awarded its own trending hashtag: #VoteThisCAPdown.