The EU will not reach 2050 climate neutrality without raising its energy and climate targets

As climate change and decarbonisation become the priority of the new European Commission under the 'Green Deal', the European Committee of the Regions has adopted a set of opinions related to Europe's climate agenda. Amongst them are recommendations to address the clean energy transition in coal regions and the involvement of local and regional authorities in the 2030 National Energy and Climate Plans (NCPS). In a plenary session stamped by the future of cohesion policy, members support a separate fund for coal regions yet involving local and regional governments in investment decisions. EU cities and regions want to move forward the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and recall that Europe will not reach climate neutrality by 2050 without upgrading the current climate and energy targets.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:20

Over 600 politicians join #EURegionsWeek to debate future of Europe and regional policy

On 7 October, the European Week of Regions and Cities will kick off its 17th edition in Brussels to discuss how cohesion policy can help to make Europe greener, more inclusive and smarter. Opened by a high-level debate on the future of Europe, the Week will hold 200 events including a high-level conference on the transformation of coal regions. On 8-9 October, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will also hold its #CoRplenary session with its members debating the future of EU cohesion policy with the European Parliament's Regional Development Chair Younous Omarjee, the future long-term EU budget with Commissioner Oettinger, and the ecological and digital transition with Finland's Minister for European Affairs, Tytti Tuppurainen.

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 00:47

Strengthening territorial cooperation in Europe: the best bet for our common future

Editorial by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, president of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Islands, member of the CoR and president of the Euroregion Pyrenees Mediterranean, ahead of the 9th annual meeting of the European Group of Territorial Cooperation Platform in Palma, Mallorca, 27 September 2019.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:48

Cities and regions give a boost to climate action in New York

While hundreds of thousands were striking for climate, New York welcomed leaders from across the globe on the United Nations' Climate Action summit - along with the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit. Although insufficient to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, UN's Secretary General, António Guterres, succeeded in boosting climate action with 100 cities and 77 countries committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 ( UN ). The European Union confirmed 25% of the next EU budget will be allocated to climate-related activities. The EU's assembly of cities and regions was represented by the First Vice-president Markku Markkula joined by several CoR members, who shared their constituencies' commitments and achievements on both climate action and on localising SDGs.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:00
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