European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took the decision last Tuesday to postpone measures to boost the mobility of service providers across the EU.  Instead the package will be debated on January 11th in Brussels.  Jyrki Katainen, Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth and Investment, and his colleague Elżbieta Bieńkowska, in charge of the Internal Market, were expected to announce a series of initiatives last Tuesday to improve the functioning of the decade-old Services Directive.  In a debate that is of great interest to Environment and Energy professionals acro

Substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, air and other pollutants, and improving energy and material efficiency, needs to be complemented by more actions by Member States to fully apply agreed-to policies to better protect biodiversity, natural resources, and people’s health. These are the key findings of a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report which reviews key trends and outlook towards achieving EU 2020 environmental objectives.

As a contribution to the European Solidarity Corps, the European Commission launched a LIFE call for preparatory actions for the deployment of European Solidary Corps volunteers to support the conservation of Natura 2000 sites.  The European Solidarity Corps is a volunteers-based initiative that will allow young people to make a hands-on contribut

The UK will offer a financial incentive to consumers that install renewable heat energy generating technologies certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, an independent third party standard. The standard for heat pumps has been changed to align with the requirements of the Energy-related Products Directive.

This was notified in the EU’s technical regulation information system on 11 May.

William Neale, the former cabinet member for Janez Potočnik met with ENEP members during a General Assembly side event visit to the European Commission recently.  In reviewing the last five years Mr Neale underlined the core pillar of the Potočnik mandate being to “Live well within the limits of the planet”

~~On the 4th November, Green Budget Europe (GBE) was founded in Brussels as an independent organization that will promote an environmentally sound tax policy in Europe. As the European Union searches its way out of its multiple economic, fiscal and environmental crises, a strategy to shift taxes away from labour towards pollution and resource consumption is essential to boost innovation, create jobs and help Europe prosper.