On 27 October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The 2018-2020 Work Programme builds on the success of Horizon 2020 so far, and takes account of the extensive interim evaluation of the programme. The Work Programme also responds to the European Commission's political prioritiesand paves the way for its successor programme.
Post date: 27 Oct 2017
On 7-8 July, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met with other Group of Twenty (G20) leaders for a summit in Hamburg, Germany. This was the first such global meeting following the announcement by the US Administration of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Post date: 11 Jul 2017
One of the key decisions taken by the European Commission regarding the Energy policy in the June infringement package in a letter of formal notice and a reasoned opinion:
Post date: 14 Jun 2017
The Ecodesign Working Plan is part of EC's new Clean Energy package, which was released on 30 November 2016.
Post date: 30 Nov 2016
For the first time, a single document has been drafted by the European Commission providing an overview of the activities and projects funded by EU programmes supporting the EU heating and cooling strategy which was adopted in February 2016.
Post date: 24 Nov 2016
On 22 November 2016, the European Commission set out a strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world.
Post date: 24 Nov 2016
Commission Recommendation (EU) 2016/1318 of 29 July 2016 on guidelines for the promotion of nearly zero-energy buildings and best practices to ensure that, by 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings
Member States should follow the guidelines provided in the Annex to this Recommendation. Following these guidelines will help to ensure that, by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings, and will help Member States to develop national plans for increasing the number of nearly zero-energy buildings.
Post date: 8 Aug 2016
Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)
On 20 July 2016, the European Commission presented a package of measures to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. This proposal will help Member States (MS) prepare for the future and keep Europe competitive. It is part of the EU's strategy for a resilient Energy Union with a forward looking climate policy.
Post date: 25 Jul 2016
Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) are part of the energy transition promoted by the EU Commission with a view to achieve better efficiency in energy use, resulting in possible substantial energy savings in a context of global external dependence of the EU for its energy supply. Government units, as owners of public buildings and constructions used in the context of different of functions, may be involved in energy performance contracts and contribute to energy savings.
Post date: 21 Mar 2016
On 26 March 2015, the Commission launched an infringement procedure for all Member States except Malta for not having notified the Commission as regards the national measures to transpose the directive into national law. Under the Energy Efficiency Directive EU Member States must meet certain energy savings targets from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. They have to do this by using energy efficiency obligations schemes or other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, buildings, industry and transport sectors.
Post date: 16 Apr 2015