The EU´s budget must shift funding from agricultural policy to energy and climate spending to reflect the block´s changing priorities, think-tank representatives argued.
The Czech Republic´s leading power company, ČEZ, has promised to turn to energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly projects, but local NGOs say it must still improve its green energy strategy. EurActiv Czech Republic reports.
Hungary could have become the second EU member state after the UK to pass an overarching climate framework bill. But the ruling socialist party backed down on Monday (22 February) citing job concerns after heavy pressure from the industrial lobby. EurActiv Hungary reports.
Poland and the European Commission reached an agreement on carbon quotas yesterday (19 April), after Brussels accepted Warsaw´s revised plan for allocating emission allowances. Slovakia found accord with European Commission some time ago.
EU environment ministers are meeting today (15 March) to debate their strategy for international climate negotiations, but no consensus is emerging about whether the EU should raise its target for greenhouse gas emission reductions for 2020.
EU leaders have agreed on the need to provide €100 billion a year to fund climate efforts in developing countries, but failed to define any specific sums, as pushed by the group of 9 new member states, delaying their decision until after December"s UN conference in Copenhagen.
Poland won challenge over European Commission and would be allowed to set more generous national emission caps under EU emissions trading scheme (ETS).