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Energy 23-03-2017

New energy labels on household appliances could save hundreds on energy bills

An agreement on draft legislation of energy labels for household appliances was reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the Ministers on Tuesday.
Günther Oettinger, German Commissioner for energy, 2009-2014 [European Commission]
Energy 24-07-2014

Brussels puts 30% energy savings target on the table for 2030

The European Commission on Wednesday (23 July) proposed reducing the bloc's energy use by 30% by 2030, leaving it up to EU heads of states to decide whether or not to endorse the target at a forthcoming summit in October.
Regional Policy 23-03-2012

Barroso sees ‘green’ Danish cities as an example for Europe

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called for an end to “artificial” growth, fuelled by “irresponsible financial behaviour”, and asked for Europe's cities to follow the example of green capitals such as Copenhagen.
Energy 02-03-2011

Parliament battle lines drawn over energy targets

The chair of the European Parliament's environment committee has warned the EU executive that it will face a fight over enforceable energy-efficiency limits.
Energy 08-02-2011

Energy summit grapples with fossil fuel habit

EU leaders agreed to merge and strengthen energy networks at their first ever energy summit on 4 February, giving a boost to the renewable energy industry and helping to curb Europe's growing reliance on fossil fuels.
Energy 31-01-2011

Oettinger tells Europe: It’s double or quits on renewables

Europe will have to double its spending on renewables if it wants to meet its 2020 energy commitments, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said.
Energy 06-01-2011

Commission urges ‘concrete progress’ on energy efficiency

The European Commission signalled yesterday (5 January) that it would press member states hard to deliver "concrete steps" towards the EU's goal of a 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020.
Climate change 05-01-2011

EU on track to meet 2020 renewables targets

Europe is set to beat its target of drawing 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, according to an analysis of national action plans by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

EU unveils innovation blueprint

Patent reform and new sources of finance are at the heart of the EU's new innovation strategy, published today (6 October) by the European Commission. The EU has also announced the first 'Innovation Partnership', which will begin next year and is dedicated to healthy ageing.

Germany wants EU to plug ‘innovation gap’

The EU's new innovation strategy must do more to link research, education and entrepreneurship if it is to tackle Europe's "innovation gap", Dr. Georg Schütte, Germany's junior minister for education and research, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 17-06-2010

EU warned about erecting new barriers to growth

Austerity measures to cut public debt and rein in speculation on the euro, while necessary in some countries, are threatening to kill Europe's fragile economic recovery, policymakers warned ahead of a summit today (17 June) aimed at strengthening budget discipline in the European Union.
EU Priorities 2020 16-06-2010

EU leaders to end dispute over 2020 targets

After months of quarrelling, EU member states are set to agree on numerical targets to improve the European social economy by 2020, including education and poverty, according to the draft conclusions of tomorrow's EU summit, obtained by EURACTIV. 
EU Priorities 2020 15-06-2010

MEPs attack Merkel and Sarkozy ahead of summit

A united European Parliament came out all guns blazing today, tearing into EU leaders for attempting to bypass MEPs and the European Commission in the power struggle over new economic governance measures.
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2010

Governments ‘paying lip service’ to EU on economy

Frank Brown, dean of INSEAD business school, says Europe must get its act together if it wants to emerge stronger from the economic crisis. He spoke to EURACTIV ahead of this year's European Business Summit (EBS).
Central Europe 15-04-2010

Prague urges reality check on ‘Europe 2020’ plan

The EU's draft ten-year economic strategy, dubbed 'Europe 2020', needs to be ambitious in the face of global competition but must first and foremost be a ''realistic document'', Czech Minister for European Affairs Juraj Chmiel told EURACTIV.cz in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 26-03-2010

EU leaders delay deal on ‘2020’ targets

The European Commission's new strategy for growth and jobs is on the ropes after EU leaders failed to agree hard targets on education and poverty – two of the five headline goals set out in the original proposal.

Finance ministers want 3% R&D target ditched

EU finance ministers are fighting against the European Commission's target of spending 3% of GDP on research and development (R&D), demanding a new "outcome-oriented" measure of success.
EU Priorities 2020 12-03-2010

MEPs unite in call for ‘economic governance’

The leaders of the three largest political groups in the European Parliament have joined forces to call for stronger economic governance in the EU.  
EU Priorities 2020 11-03-2010

EU promises ’embarrassment’ for countries ducking EU 2020 targets

The official in charge of Europe's new ten-year economic strategy has said the European Commission will rely on scoreboards and public warnings to embarrass national governments into hitting targets on reform and research investment. 
EU Priorities 2020 03-03-2010

Brussels unveils 2020 economic roadmap for Europe

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, has unveiled a long-awaited 10-year plan for greener growth and jobs in Europe, proposing a limited set of targets on education, R&D and poverty reduction and "policy warnings" for EU countries that fail to meet them.
EU Priorities 2020 02-03-2010

Merkel criticises ‘Europe 2020’ strategy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has written to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to express her government's misgivings about the EU's new 'Europe 2020' strategy, ahead of tomorrow's (3 March) presentation by the Commission of the final draft. EURACTIV Germany reports.  

Barroso casts Europe as ‘Innovation Union’

The EU's new growth strategy, due to be rubber-stamped by the new Barroso Commission on Wednesday (3 March), includes a blueprint for transforming Europe into an 'Innovation Union' by 2020.

EU anti-poverty plans under fire over targets

The fight against poverty, one of the five priorities of a draft ten-year economic plan to be unveiled this week by the European Commission, is creating tension both inside and outside the EU executive, EURACTIV has learned.
Digital 25-02-2010

2020 plan pins hopes on ‘Digital Agenda’

High-speed Internet, lower prices and unlocking the potential of unused spectrum waves for new services all feature in the EU's new strategy for growth and jobs, dubbed 'Europe 2020', according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.