Ahead of the ministerial meeting in the Western Balkans on the EU energy reform, Dragana Mileusnic calls for the adoption and the implementation of the new energy rules as soon as possible. A clear and speedy EU message will benefit not only the people but it will also ensure security of energy supply in the whole region.
The European Commission will host a donors' conference in Brussels on 16 July, in order to mobilise further support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina following the recent floods there, the EU executive announced.
The situation in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia is slowly stabilizing after last week’s devastating floods, though some areas are not completely out of the woods yet, and warm weather has brought with it the risk of infectious disease. EurActiv Serbia reports.
The European Union is providing urgent assistance to Serbia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the two Western Balkan countries being hit by the worst floods in the last 120 years. In addition, Serbia, in its capacity as an EU candidate country, qualifies for financial assistance, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.
A campaign by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Daily Mail newspaper to divert Britain’s overseas aid budget into domestic flood relief has been condemned as “disgraceful” by Lord Deben, the former Conservative environment minister known as John Gummer.
Arctic temperatures and heavy snowfall that have claimed hundreds of lives around Central and Eastern Europe have also exposed the severe stress placed on often dilapidated infrastructure in hard-hit Romania and in neighbouring Bulgaria.
A leading climate professor says that new evidence which further reinforces the connection between global warming and extreme rainfall is "extremely important" in setting out a methodology which could one day be used to sue energy companies for climate damage.
The holiday season should still bring about some serious policy thinking, writes University of Oxford Chancellor Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs.
Recent spates of extreme weather should be attributed to climate change, according to Stefan Rahmstorf, Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and Department Head for Climate Impact Research at the Potsdam Institute.
Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid and crisis response, will soon present a political proposal to reinforce the EU's capacity to respond to crises, the European Commission said yesterday (16 August). The announcement appears to represent a response to recent calls from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, inspired by the unprecedented floods in Pakistan.
Warnings about the effects of climate change often amount to mere scaremongering, writes author Bjørn Lomborg, head of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre and adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School .
A Belgian convoy departed on Sunday (4 July) to bring pumps, power generators, water purification units and other material to Romania, which requested EU help after the north-eastern part of the country was hit by severe floods, causing 25 deaths.
Parliament and Council reached an agreement on Wednesday 25 April on the proposal for a directive on the assessment and management of flood risks, as adaptation to the consequences of climate change becomes the subject of increased EU focus.