Tuesday 27. June 2017
Climate Change

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


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.

The revolutionary narrative of Laudato si’

European Commission

The view of Andrea Tilche, scientist and science manager, currently EU Commission Head of the « Climate action and earth observation » Unit and Antonello Nociti, writer and philosopher.


> 6 June

The EU Commission together with the EMCDDA will launch the European Drug Report 2017, providing a comprehensive analysis of recent trends in the drug situation in Europe.


> 7 June
The EU Commission is expected to publish a Reflection Paper on the Future of the European Defence by 2025.


> 7 June
The EU Commission is expected to publish the Implementation of the EU Global Strategy: Communication on efforts to foster state, economic, environment/climate and social resilience in thirds countries.
> 15-16 June
A high-level event on EU Arctic Policy will be held in Oulu, Finland.


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