Claire Stam

Future EU 13-11-2018

In Strasbourg, Merkel brings European army one step further

In an eagerly awaited speech on the future of Europe before what she called 'the biggest democratic parliament of the world', German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday (13 November) for a "real, true European army" and a common asylum framework.

40% of EU budget should be dedicated to greening the economy, EESC says

The EU's next multi-annual budget (2021-2027) should dedicate 40% of spending to the low-carbon economy and high-quality jobs, said Rudy de Leeuw, a delegate at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU advisory body.

Corporate reporting group launches two-year transparency project on green finance

The new Corporate Reporting Dialogue project will work on aligning international standards with the recommendations published by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure in a bid to improve and harmonise reporting on sustainability standards, the group announced Wednesday (7 November).

All financial institutions must disclose sustainability risks and impacts, MEPs agreed

The European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs endorsed on Monday (5 November) a decision that makes it mandatory for all financial market participants, including banks, to disclose sustainability risks and impacts of their portfolio, a move that NGOs say brings the EU one step further in greening its financial system.

$2 trillion investors challenge 55 companies on climate lobbying

Five weeks before a pivotal UN climate conference (COP24) starts, a group of investors led, by the Church of England Pensions Board and Swedish national pension fund AP7, sent a letter to 55 companies to challenge them on climate lobbying.
Climate change 29-10-2018

Only 16 countries meet their commitment to Paris Agreement, new study finds

Only sixteen countries out of the 197 that have signed the Paris Agreement have defined national climate action plan ambitious enough to meet their pledges, according to a policy brief released on Monday (29 October), ahead of the crucial UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice (Poland) in December.
Elections 28-10-2018

Following election losses, SPD leader questions German ruling coalition

In a fresh blow for Chancellor Angela Merkel, her CDU conservatives and the social-democrats from the SPD suffered major losses in the regional elections in Hesse on Sunday (29 October), prompting SPD party leader Andrea Nahles to question the future of the national ruling coalition.
Climate change 26-10-2018

Climate litigations set to rise globally on back of IPCC report

Climate-related litigations are set to break new grounds following a landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this month, which provided lawyers with new evidence that limiting global warming to 1.5°C is still possible. 
Elections 25-10-2018

After Bavaria, Germany expects a second electoral quake in Hesse

Germany’s shaky ruling coalition faces yet another bloody nose in a regional election in Hesse on Sunday (28 October) as the latest polls suggest a replay of the Bavarian scenario, with the Greens registering strong gains and the far-right AfD entering the regional parliament.
Climate change 25-10-2018

Poland’s climate diplomacy undermined by tensions over coal

While COP24 president-designate Michał Kurtyka continues his intense climate diplomatic trail after end of pre-COP24 session 24 October in Polish Krakow showed uneven progress being made across the various negotiation tracks, the pro-coal position of Poland’s energy ministry throws sand into the process.
Climate change 19-10-2018

Three years ago, I was branded as an eco-terrorist, Polish Green local candidate says

Poles vote in local elections on Sunday (21 October), seen as a key test for the country’s nationalist governing party. Until very recently, energy transition was a political no-go in the coal-dependent country but the situation is evolving, a climate activist and Green local politician in the COP24 host city of Katowice told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 16-10-2018

Governments lack policies to support food sector in low carbon transition – report

Unlike the energy sector, agriculture does not benefit from public policies geared towards a low carbon transition, which means farming is still a significant contributor to climate change due to meat over-consumption, a new report published on 16 October revealed.
EU Elections 2019 15-10-2018

Greens turning into the new political centre force, says European Greens co-chair  

The rise of the Greens is not to be confused with a shifting majority within the left-wing political spectrum. Instead, it shows that the traditional left-right political divide is getting outdated, European Greens co-chair Reinhard Bütikofer told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Elections 14-10-2018

Green Party ends conservative CSU’s 61-year political dominance in Bavaria

In a vote it called "historic", the Green Party ended the absolute majority of conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria on Sunday (14 October) and became the second strongest political force in a state election whose result will resonate in Berlin and beyond and further dent Chancellor Angela Merkel's position.
Climate change 04-10-2018

EU business lobby to champion climate status quo – leak

One of Europe's most influential business lobbies is trying to push the EU towards climate action standstill, after a leaked memo obtained by EURACTIV called the bloc’s existing 40% emissions reduction target "already ambitious".
Climate change 03-10-2018

EU environment ministers to target 1.5C temperature rise, hints leaked paper

EU environment ministers will refer to limiting global warming to 1.5C, when they meet on 9 October, a day after the release of the much-awaited, landmark IPCC report, according to draft conclusions seen by EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 03-10-2018

EU data-based food information tool crosses the border

French EU Datathon winner Open Food Facts plans to expand to other member states in a bid to overcome the language barrier and improve food information within the European union, vice-president Pierre Slamich told EURACTIV.com.
Climate change 02-10-2018

European Commission abandons plans to raise climate ambition

The European Commission has given up plans to ramp up Europe's 40% emissions reduction goal for 2030 to 45%, according to German media. But the EU executive insists that a formal increase was never on the table.
Agrifood 28-09-2018

How do greening measures help protect the European agricultural ecosystem?

Should farmers get financial incentives for adopting greening measures, then we will head to agricultural practices beneficial to the European agriculture, the environment and society.
Climate change 27-09-2018

Europe’s 2050 climate strategy takes shape

A group of 19 countries officially launched the Carbon Neutrality Coalition in New York on Thursday (27 September), just weeks before the European Commission is expected to publish a document outlining policy scenarios to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
Energy 27-09-2018

Net zero emissions feasible by 2050 if EU economy goes cross-sectoral, new report says

With the European Commission expected to present its mid-century climate plan in November, a report released on Thursday (27 September) shows net zero emissions can only be achieved by 2050 if member states develop more innovative, cross-sectoral, and 'beyond business-as-usual' scenarios.
EU Elections 2019 27-09-2018

Lost in confusion, Europe staggers towards elections

Two weeks after Jean-Claude Juncker's speech in Strasbourg triggered kick-off debates in the European Parliament about the 2019 elections, the party of Emmanuel Macron - one of the most closely watched politicians in Europe - officially launches its campaign outside France in Berlin on Saturday (29 September).

European leaders urged to act on soil sustainability

Soils play a key role in regulating the earth's climate, sustaining agriculture and preserving biodiversity. Yet they have fallen down the EU policy agenda even though tools exist to reverse that trend, according to a new report published today (26 September).

Pension fund chief: We are seeing a strong movement towards green financing

Investors increasingly have to take into account the legal risks associated with global warming and more and more of them are adopting a socially responsible approach, Phillippe Desfossé told EURACTIV France as Climate Week opens in New York.