Sam Morgan

Politics 16-10-2019

The Brief, powered by EK – The Macronian Candidate

If a sleeper agent trained by a hostile foreign power were to infiltrate the EU's structures of power, with the aim of launching subtle acts of sabotage, could they hope to do much better than what Emmanuel Macron is doing at the moment?
Energy 16-10-2019

1 in 3 children live in unhealthy homes, warns ‘alarming’ report

A third of European children live in damp, cold, dark or noisy homes, according to new findings released last week. Portugal is the worst offender in the EU, with one in two kids exposed to unhealthy conditions.

EU bank kicks climate can down road to November 

The European Investment Bank decided on Tuesday (15 October) to delay a decision on updating its energy lending policy until November. Germany and the European Commission are still pushing for controversial changes to the bank’s original fossil-fuel-free proposal.
Transport 15-10-2019

Commissioner delays, offset options & Jumbo japes

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Energy 14-10-2019

Healthy homes: ‘The biggest health and business opportunity of a lifetime’

Indoor environment quality and healthy homes play an ever more substantial role in human wellbeing, according to new research unveiled at a high-level event last week (10 October).
Climate change 09-10-2019

Timmermans gets broad support at Parliament hearing: the main points

Frans Timmermans passed his European Parliament hearing with flying colours on Tuesday evening (9 October) and was confirmed the following day as Ursula von der Leyen’s climate paladin from 1 November. Here are the main talking points.
Politics 08-10-2019

The Brief, powered by the Martens Centre – A Commission Carol Part II

Ursula von der Leyen is set to spend her days and nights in Commission HQ, in a specially converted flat high on the 13th floor. Here, we conclude a fictional telling of what might come to pass in those haunted hallways a few months from now...
Transport 08-10-2019

Tariff troubles, ICAO irritant & Commission Cribs

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Politics 07-10-2019

The Brief, powered by the Martens Centre – A Commission Carol

Ursula von der Leyen is set to spend her days and nights in Commission HQ, in a specially converted flat high on the 13th floor. Here, we offer a fictional telling of what might come to pass in those haunted hallways a few months from now...
Climate change 07-10-2019

EU ministers fudge 2030 climate target lines

Environment ministers agreed on Friday (4 October) to “update” the EU’s current emission reduction pledge next year but fell short of saying by how much. Ten countries blocked attempts by the others to commit outright to an increase there and then.
Aviation 07-10-2019

UN agency vote complicates EU’s aviation emission efforts

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations agency, decided on Friday (4 October) to press ahead with plans to make its emissions offsetting scheme the only global option available to its 193 member states, teeing up a dilemma regarding the EU's own system.
Outer space 04-10-2019

Outer-space prospecting aims to boost EU’s battery plans

Space policy and efforts to boost electric vehicle uptake share a somewhat unusual link, beyond connected cars and global positioning systems: procuring raw materials could soon be made easier via satellites.

Estonia joins EU’s climate-neutral club

Estonia has joined a group of 24 member states in favour of an EU plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions drastically by 2050, leaving only the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland unconvinced.

Poland stokes dispute over net-zero emissions price and meaning

Poland has once again insisted that going carbon-neutral by 2050 is not affordable, after its energy minister concluded that the idea is “a fantasy”. But new analysis claims that the Eastern European country could get the job done on time and on budget.
Energy 03-10-2019

As it happened: Kadri Simson’s hearing in Parliament (energy)

Estonia's Kadri Simson was in line to answer questions from the European Parliament during an approval hearing that took place on 3 October. Read our live blog below to follow the hearing as it happened.
Transport 02-10-2019

Plumb poleaxed, Sefcovic’s standards & Titanic redux

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Transport 25-09-2019

Ursula von der Leyen in the driving seat

Transport and mobility policies look set to go into overdrive under the next European Commission, as a heady mix of climate change ambition and competition concerns dictate the direction of travel.
Transport 24-09-2019

Polluters pay, aviation angst & no cars go

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Batteries 19-09-2019

Four of Europe’s unexpected electric movers and shakers

Electric-battery power is often branded as unsuitable for certain types of transport and vehicles, due to concerns like weight and power ratios. But several new developments ranging from shipping to motorsport are cause for a rethink.
Transport 18-09-2019

Transport policy in for the long haul in next Commission

EU policy- and law-makers have their work cut out for them once the incoming European Commission takes office. Incomplete legislative work and the need to address new challenges will keep transport officials occupied for some time.
Transport 17-09-2019

Plumb potential, ECOFIN explores & Sinkevicius scoots

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EU industry chief hands over full docket to successor

Polish Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska will relinquish the reins of EU industrial policy to France's Sylvie Goulard on 31 October. Ahead of the changeover, she looked back on her time in office and discussed the challenges facing her successor, including her beefed-up portfolio.
Politics 16-09-2019

Belgian Commissioner-pick faces corruption probe

The man Ursula von der Leyen chose to be her rule of law guard dog in the incoming European Commission is facing allegations of corruption and money-laundering, according to Belgian media. This could cast doubt on another member of her proposed college before all candidates are vetted by the European Parliament.
Politics 11-09-2019

The Brief – Ursula’s gambit

Hungary’s pick for the next European Commission was always going to cause controversy but the job offered by Ursula von der Leyen to László Trócsányi has only kicked the hornet’s nest. However, Jean-Claude Juncker’s successor could well be a few moves ahead of us.

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