About: Connie Hedegaard

Climate change 23-08-2019

‘Green Deal’ supporters resist idea of splitting energy and climate portfolio

The incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is preparing a ‘Green Deal’ team that may be led by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Whether the climate and energy briefs will be split or kept together remains to be seen, however. 

EU research ‘moonshots’ focus on climate crisis

The European Commission unveiled five flagship research and innovation “missions” yesterday (4 July), two of which are directly aimed at addressing the climate crisis.
Public Affairs 31-01-2017

Campaigners: Commission ethics group needs teeth after Barroso/Kroes scandals

A small, internal group that reviews ethics breaches at the European Commission should be turned into a legal inquiry board and given its own staff to better police potential scandals like former President Jose Manuel Barroso's lobbying job with Goldman Sachs, transparency campaigners contend.
Public Affairs 03-11-2016

Former Barroso Commissioners still enjoying big paydays

Former Commissioners are enjoying fat transitional allowances, even though they may already be working in the private sector or even if their time at the executive was only fleeting, according to German media. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 31-10-2016

Parliament freezes Commissioners’ pensions over code of conduct row

EXCLUSIVE /  MEPs have responded to the recent conflicts of interest concerning members of the Barroso Commission by freezing part of the allowance granted to former Commissioners at the end of their mandate. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 06-10-2016

Parliament calls for tougher action to stop Commission’s revolving doors

EU lawmakers have demanded the European executive strengthen its code of conduct for Commissioners, following the repeated revolving door scandals involving former members of the Barroso Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Reporter interviewing polar bear
Climate change 26-11-2015

The climate circus comes to town

The soap opera of global climate talks has been playing for 20 years. As it comes to Paris on Monday, Suzanne Goldenberg reviews the tears, the bloodshed and the unspeakable catering. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Technology 04-02-2015

Former Commissioners back strategy for EU media

The EU should help encourage a better business environment for pan-European media and help it develop new technology pilots, former Commissioners told an event on sustainable media staged in the Parliament last week (29 January).
#Media4EU event, 29 January 2015
Technology 02-02-2015

As it happened: Six to-dos for sustainable European media

How can independent media survive across Europe? EURACTIV releases six recommendations in January 2015 for a more effective EU strategy towards media and the fourth estate.
Energy 16-09-2014

Fighting climate change needn’t cost growth and jobs, EU leaders told

Fighting climate change will deliver economic growth and employment, a report launched today (16 September) found, upping pressure on EU leaders to agree an effective carbon reduction package at their October summit.
Energy 16-09-2014

EU polluters to land €5bn windfall under ‘carbon leakage’ proposal

Heavily-polluting industries are in line for a €5bn handout from Europe’s taxpayers because of the way the EU is measuring their exposure to unregulated competitors outside the bloc, according to an unpublished report prepared for the European commission.
European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger with Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard
Energy 22-07-2014

EU member states not reaching 2020 energy efficiency goals, Commission says

EXCLUSIVE / Further efforts are needed by member states to reach the EU's energy saving target of 20% by 2020, the European Commission said in a leaked draft communication obtained by EURACTIV. The Commission also watered down the target for 2030 considerably in the latest draft.
Energy 23-06-2014

EU paper pencils in 30% or 35% efficiency target for 2030

SPECIAL REPORT / To maintain Europe’s emissions-cutting momentum, a 30% cut in energy usage is needed by 2030, rising to 35% if the EU wants to reap the benefits of energy security, jobs and growth, says a draft communication for the bloc’s energy efficiency review, seen by EURACTIV.
Energy 13-06-2014

EU slated for ‘cynical’ €113m shale gas subsidy

EXCLUSIVE / Environmentalists have bitterly condemned a new EU research fund which invites shale gas firms to apply for €113 million of subsidies, under a programme designed to encourage ‘competitive low carbon energy’.
Emissions from a power station. [Stocker1970/Shutterstock].
Climate change 04-06-2014

EU emissions ‘lowest on record’

The European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 19.2% compared to 1990s levels, according to the European Environment Agency.
Energy 03-06-2014

EU welcomes ‘strongest ever’ climate action by Obama

EU leaders hailed President Obama’s announcement yesterday (2 June) of a planned 30% cut in US power plant emissions by 2030 as a crucial step towards decarbonisation, and a “positive signal” to other countries ahead of a summit to agree a global climate deal in Paris next year.
EU Priorities 2020 23-04-2014

EU climate chief urges China to show commitment

China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks, by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU's top climate change official said on Wednesday.
Euro & Finance 04-04-2014

MEPs cap interbank fees

MEPs voted to cap interbank fees for all card payments on Thursday (3 April) , including business cards. EURACTIV France reports.
Transport 04-04-2014

EU fails to curb aviation emissions

MEPs voted in favor of a watered down deal on aviation emissions on 3 April, after the EU Commission backed down from its own proposal a day before.
Transport 03-04-2014

Commission backs down on aviation emissions

The European Commission urged the bloc's Parliament to exempt international flights from paying for their carbon emissions yesterday (2 April), retreating from its own proposal on the eve of a binding vote amid pressure from national governments.
Energy 07-01-2014

Big EU guns fire for ‘crucial’ 2030 renewable targets

Ministers from eight EU states - including Germany and France - have called on the European Commission to set “robust” renewable energy targets for 2030, in a break with an emerging consensus for one emissions-cutting goal alone. 

EU adopts seven-year environment strategy

EU ministers and MEPs have signed into law the seventh environment action programme, setting out the bloc’s long-term policy direction for the environment and climate.

Researchers revise ‘overestimated’ biofuels subsidies

Experts, who estimated that the biofuels industry received the equivalent of a €10-billion “Cyprus bailout” in public support in 2011, have shaved the figure by a fifth.
Energy 08-07-2013

Hedegaard urges development banks to divest from fossil fuels

Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has called for development banks with a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews.