Thursday 17. August 2017
Climate Change

The UN Ocean Conference: an important step for humanity in motion

United Nations

The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans took place in June. It represents a major turning point in mobilising the international community to act to protect marine life, especially in the high seas.

The “Winter Package” of the European Commission

European Commission

The Commission’s legislative proposal “Clean Energy for all Europeans” covers measures relating to energy efficiency, renewables, and also proposes changes to reorganize the electricity market and tackle energy poverty.

Brexit and its impacts on environmental policy

European Union

Brexit’s impact on environmental policy will be felt not just in the UK but also in the European Union. While the UK risks sliding towards a lowering of its standards, the EU will be losing a Member State that has been extremely active in this field.

Energy mix in the EU after COP21

European Commission
Solar panels and wind turbines with city

The time has come to make the Paris Agreement real. Renewables are the clear option in the new energy mix. Even in the face of difficulties, the EU should not be less ambitious.

Time for an authentic European Peace Policy

European Council

Surrounded by a series of conflicts on its borders, it is now one of the most urgent tasks for the EU to adopt a robust Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy.

Paris Agreement marches forward towards implementation

European Commission

This April saw the launch of the one-year period for national governments to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change reached at the COP 21 in Paris, the final stage before entry into force.

The Paris treaty : a historic moment for humankind

United Nations

For many people who have been engaged in climate negotiations or those who have reported on the yearly Conference of the Parties (COPs) to the UNFCCC, the Paris Conference was a historic moment.

COP 21 – the long way from enthusiasm to implementation

United Nations
Conférence des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques - COP21 (Paris, Le Bourget)

The agreement reached by the COP 21 in Paris on december 12th was greeted with enthusiasm and recognised in general as positive, very positive even. José Ignacio García shares a first analysis.

Global response to Laudato si’

Martin Maier SJ

The Encyclical Laudato si’ by Pope Francis published in June has had an amazing effect beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church.

Laudato si’ – a robust contribution to COP21

Church

Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, explains the influence which he believes Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ may have on the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris.

Agenda

>17 July
The Commission will present its 2017 review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe. This year's edition will focus on the issue of intergenerational fairness.
 
>24 July
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
 
>17-18 July
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
 
>31 July – 11 August
COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
 
28 – 31 August
The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.

 

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