Showing posts from May 24, 2016

IEU SMART CITIES Weekly Telegram 23 May 2016

# UNITED NATIONSShaping smarter and more sustainable cities: UNECE and ITU launch the United for Smart Sustainable Cities global initiativeWave of Smart Initiatives Raise Public Climate Action - ACE Dialogue at UN‘The Earth is not flat; it is urban,’ says UN report, urging new agenda for resilient, sustainable cities# DUTCH EU PRESIDENCYCoR Forum on the EU Urban Agenda# EIP-SCCEIP-SCC launches App and start interacting! for General AssemblySmart city leaders meet to strengthen communitySmart Cities WG – Triangulum WorkshopSustainable Energy WeekCheck Covenant of Mayors Benchmarks of Excellence catalogue and get inspired# EU COMMISSION - DG CONNECTEU Commission releases 2016 European Digital Progress Report: unequal progress towards a Digital Single MarketProgress by countryeCommunications Eurobarometer reportI-DESI reportAll reportsDigital Economy and Society Index# EU COMMISSION - DG GROWDG Grow: Blueprint for cities and regions as launch pads for digital transformation poster# SMART…

IEU INNOVATION Telegram 23 May 2016

# THE JUNCKER PLANInvestment Plan for Europe: EIF and British Business Bank sign GBP 30m agreement for innovative businessesSpeech by Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on her vision for investment in Transport# COMPETITIVENESSBackground brief - Competitiveness Council 26-27/05/2016# INNOVATIONCefic LIVE debate: Mission innovation - The path to a low-carbon economy# FRANCEEvénement Nouvelle France industrielle – ElyséeHollande: Discours lors de l'événement Nouvelle France industrielle - Elysée# SMEEU Commission: Answer - Special policies for SMEs - E-001682/2016DG Research CALL: IMPROVING SME'S ACCESS TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT# CIRCULAR ECONOMYDraft report - Amending Directives 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment - PE 580.560v01-00 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety# EMPLOYMENTBudgets MEPs back €5.1m aid for 2,132 re…

IEU DIGITAL Telegram 23 May 2016

# EU TELECOM COUNCILBackground brief of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council on 26 May 2016Use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band - draft general approachReview of the regulatory framework - policy debateDigital single market for Europe# DSMOn Wednesday EU Commission will present measures for e-commerce, audiovisual media and online platformsEU Commission releases 2016 European Digital Progress Report: unequal progress towards a Digital Single MarketProgress by countryeCommunications Eurobarometer reportI-DESI reportAll reportsDigital Economy and Society IndexEDPR country profiles - Telecom AnnexEuropean Digital Progress Report (EDPR) - Country ProfilesNew data shows that mobile internet is used more but phone call remains most popular communicationEU Commission: Scoreboard 2016 Research and DevelopmentITRE Committee 23-24 May 2016: Exchange of views with Mr. Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, as part of the Structured DialogueDutch E…

IEU TRADE Telegram 23 May 2016

# FACMain results of the Foreign Affairs Council on 23 May 2016# TTIPUS Department of Commerce: Let the Countdown Begin: 2016 SelectUSA Investment SummitWarum wir TTIP und CETA ablehnen -  EU-Abgeordnete Barbara Lochbihler (Grüne)# RUSSIAOn 26 May Dmitry Medvedev will meet with First Vice President of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba in Moscow to discuss energy, industrial and education projectsRoundtable on Russia and the West# IRANDraft opinion on EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement -  MEP Marietje Schaake (ALDE/NL)ISNA - German trade official urges facilitating business with Iran# MONGOLIAEU Council: ST 9208 2016 INIT COUNCIL DECISION on the conclusion of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part - Request for the consent of the European ParliamentEU Council: ST 9276 2016 INIT COUNCIL DECISION on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and …

IEU EURO Telegram 23 May 2016

# EMUHighlights - A budgetary capacity for the Eurozone: joint committee debate - 30.05.16 - Committee on Economic and Monetary AffairsItaly: IMF Staff Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article IV MissionGreek MPs approve multi-bill, paving way for lenders to release more loans - ekathimerini.comIMF Country Report No. 16/130: Greece : Preliminary Debt Sustainability Analysis-Updated Estimates and Further ConsiderationsALDE: THE TRUTH ABOUT GREECE - How a Greek tragedy turned into a European drama. A shocking account of the state of play of the implementation of reformsDie Grünen zur Euro-Gruppe: Bundesregierung muss Blockade von schnelleren Schuldenerleichterungen beendenEFSF raises €5 billion through two new bond issuesifo: EU-Staaten rissen Defizit-Kriterium in 165 Fällen# ECBECB: Interview Peter Praet: Interview with Público# BANKING UNIONEU Commission specifies criteria for banks to hold easily 'bail-inable' instruments in case of resolutionECB: Publication: Recent trends i…

IEU LEGAL Telegram 23 May 2016

# EU REFORMSDiscours du Président Juncker à la Conférence des Présidents des Parlements de l'Union européenne# STATE AIDState aid: Commission finds Danish transmission system operator's contract with DONG Energy does not involve State aid# TAXATIONTax rulings report presentation. Aggressive fiscal practices in development: hearingLatest opinion by the EU Commission VAT Expert GroupEU Council: St 9046 2016 Init VAT Action Plan "Towards a single EU VAT area" VAT Action Plan "Towards a single EU VAT area - Time to decide" Special Report no 24/2015 by the European Court of Auditors "Tackling intra-community VAT fraud: more action needed" Council conclusions# MERGERSBayer: Bayer will durch Übernahme von Monsanto ein weltweit führendes Unternehmen der Agrarwirtschaft werdenMergers: Commission clears acquisition of Açoreana Seguros by Apollo Management# PORTUGALEU Commissioner Jourová on official visit to Lisbon# BREXITUrgent Question on the UK economy a…

IEU ENERGY Telegram 23 May 2016

# ENERGY UNIONHearing documentation: The Gas Package – how to strengthen the EU's energy security - 23-05-2016 - Committee on Industry, Research and EnergyEU Council: St 9163 2016 Init Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply and repealing Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 - Policy debateEU Council: ST 8673 2016 REV 1 Political declaration on energy cooperation between the North Seas Countries - Establishment of the EU position in view of signature# ENERGY PRICESITRE Committee 23-24 May 2016: European statistics on natural gas and electricity prices and repealing Directive 2008/92/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning a Community procedure to improve the transparency of gas and electricity prices charged to industrial end-users# EUSEWEU Sustainable Energy Week Awards: the nominees!# ENERGY DIPLOMACYEnergy diplomacy: Commissioner Arias Cañete in Algeria for the first-ever EU-A…

IEU CLIMATE Telegram 23 May 2016

# POST COP21Ban appoints Special Envoys to help UN 'sound the alarm' on El Niño and ClimateDeveloping Country Emission Reduction Actions - First Facilitative Sharing of ViewsBonn : bilan à l'issue de la première semaine des travaux - Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Energie et de la MerAustralia and Singapore Deliver Second Regional Climate Transparency Workshop - namaU.S. - Vietnam: Climate Change Partnership - U.S. Department of State# LAW CARBON ECONOMYCefic LIVE debate: Mission innovation - The path to a low-carbon economy# EU ETSITRE Committee 23-24 May 2016: Cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investmentsEU Council: ST 8652 2016 INIT Preparation of the ICAO Assembly concerning a Global Market Based Measure (Montréal, 27 September – 7 October 2016) - Exchange of viewsHans-Olaf Henkel zur Reform des Emissionshandelssystems: "Vorschläge tragen zur De-Industrialisierung bei!“# CLIMATE FINANCEThe Udine Climate Fund: another step towards a sust…