Sam Morgan

EU Elections 2019 15-07-2019

EPP set to lose influence in von der Leyen Commission

If Ursula von der Leyen is approved as European Commission president this week, her own centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) may actually lose influence in the next EU executive, given the political affiliation of the candidates likely to form the bulk of her senior staff.

Macron announces launch of French space force

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday (13 July) said that France’s air force will set up a space command centre and be renamed the Air and Space force, to better protect outer space interests.
Transport 09-07-2019

Fresh faces, Swedish solutions & VW velocity

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Official EU petition calls for minimum carbon price

The European Commission registered an official petition on Wednesday (7 July) that calls on the EU executive to set up a minimum carbon price, “discourage the consumption of fossil fuels” and keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees.
EU Elections 2019 02-07-2019

EU leaders agree on top job picks but trouble already looms

The European Council finally agreed on a pick for the Commission presidency and rallied behind Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday (2 July). But it sets up a potentially ugly encounter with the European Parliament, which might not sanction her appointment.
Transport 02-07-2019

Heatwave hassle, Dutch courage & lunar labs

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Climate change 28-06-2019

EU leftists demand ‘climate emergency’ Parliament committee

The European Parliament’s leftist group (GUE/NGL) has proposed setting up a special climate emergency parliamentary committee to shift the spotlight on to green issues even more over the next five years.

EU takes stock after climate deal disappointment

EU environment ministers met on Wednesday (26 June) to take stock of how a landmark climate deal fell short of a final agreement last week. Signs now suggest that the European Council will stick to its end-of-year deadline and Poland will finally get on board.
Energy 27-06-2019

Baltic power games in the ascendancy

Europe’s power politics are playing out more and more in the Baltic Sea, as the energy potential of the sea basin shifts more into the limelight. 
EU Elections 2019 27-06-2019

Vestager will stay in Brussels, even without EU Commission presidency

Danish EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will stay in Brussels for a second term, the Scandinavian nation’s new prime minister announced yesterday (26 June), even if she fails in her bid to become the next President of the European Commission.
Aviation 26-06-2019

Europe’s airports target carbon-neutrality by 2050, planes not included

Nearly 200 European airports in 45 countries pledged on Wednesday (26 June) to drastically slash their greenhouse gas output by 2050. However, the target only includes airport infrastructure and not aircraft.
Climate change 25-06-2019

EU countries urged to see ‘opportunity in climate change’

Climate change should be seen as an opportunity not a threat but the tools at the EU’s disposal need to be changed to deal with the coming challenge, according to officials, MEPs and climate experts.
Transport 25-06-2019

Jet jackpot, bank boats & supersonic surprise

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Aviation 21-06-2019

Next Commission urged to launch ‘aviation package’

The next European Commission should make curbing aviation emissions a priority in its work programme for the next five years, according to lawmakers at a special summit on Thursday (20 June) dedicated to taxing flights.

EU climate deal falls at summit, four countries wield the axe

The European Council failed to agree on Thursday (20 June) on a landmark climate strategy for 2050 as the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Poland baulked at the mention of a specific date, despite the efforts of France and Germany to convince them.
Air Quality 20-06-2019

Poland’s multi-billion-euro clean air quest in peril

A €25 billion clean air programme launched by the Polish government is in danger of losing EU support. Warsaw has until Friday (21 June) to prove its commitment, according to a letter sent by the European Commission and seen by EURACTIV.

EU leaders to back carbon neutrality ‘by 2050’, come up short on final deal

The European Council is set to agree on Thursday (20 June) that the EU economy should be carbon neutral by 2050, according to the latest batch of draft conclusions. However, leaders will bide their time and hold off on finalising an agreement until "early 2020".
Transport 19-06-2019

Brexit planning hits UK with €122m transport bill

The UK’s transport ministry has revealed that its own Brexit planning measures will cost the country at least £109 million (€122 million) by the end of the year, with three-quarters of that spent on no-deal preparations.

Hungary backs 2050 climate neutrality goal, bringing EU total to 22

Hungary quietly lent its support to the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality goal on Monday (17 June). It is now among 22 countries to do so, but its support comes with a caveat: Budapest sees nuclear power as the main way of meeting the target.
Climate change 18-06-2019

Climate cash cow: Where EU countries can get their funding

Europe’s green ambitions will largely hinge on being able to finance a transition away from polluting energy sources. But where will the money actually come from?
Transport 18-06-2019

Toll trouble, big-bang batteries & plane progress

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Climate change 18-06-2019

National energy and climate plans will not meet targets, EU warns

UPDATE: The European Commission warned EU countries today (18 June) that draft national plans for the coming decade are insufficient to achieve the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate targets. "Substantial" gaps have been identified on renewables and energy efficiency.

18 EU countries now support 2050 carbon neutrality goal

Germany, Greece, Italy and Slovenia have added their names to a growing list of EU countries supporting a carbon neutrality objective for 2050, increasing the chances that a deal will be struck at an EU summit later this week, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.

EU leaders to aim for final climate deal ‘in early 2020’

Talks on a climate plan for 2050 should wrap up by the end of this year in view of final adoption in early 2020, according to the draft conclusions of an EU summit taking place next week in Brussels.

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