20 Jul 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 JULYBrussels Daily
Energy Union and Climate Action: Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy
The Commission is working to keep the EU competitive as the global social economic model changes following the impetus to move towards a modern and low-carbon economy set by the Paris Agreement on climate change. Today’s proposals set clear and fair guiding principles to Member States to prepare for the future and keep Europe competitive. This is part and parcel of the Energy Union and a forward-looking Climate Change policy. In 2014 the EU agreed to a clear commitment: to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels across all sectors of the economy. Today’s proposals present binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets for Member States from 2021-2030 for the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors as contributors to EU climate action (see MEMO/16/2499 and MEMO/16/2496). The new framework is based on the principles of fairness, solidarity, cost-effectiveness and environmental integrity. All Member States are concerned, as they will be in the forefront in deciding how to implement the measures to meet the agreed 2030 target. The Commission is also presenting a strategy on low-emission mobility setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels (see MEMO/16/2497). Together with last year’s proposal for the revision of the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), this legislative package will steer Europe’s low-carbon transition and respond to the commitments made by the European Union countries under the Paris Agreement on climate change. See the entire press release.
Posting of Workers: Commission discusses concerns of national Parliaments and finds that proposal does not breach subsidiarity
Today the College adopted a Communication re-examining its proposal for a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive in the context of the subsidiarity control mechanism that several national parliaments triggered in May. After careful consideration of their views, the Commission concludes that the proposal for a revision of the Directive does not constitute a breach of the subsidiarity principle. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: “The voices of national Parliaments have a strong political relevance for the Commission and I am very grateful for their active involvement. We have carefully analysed all arguments put forward by national Parliaments and discussed their concerns with them. All things considered, we have concluded that our proposal fully complies with the principle of subsidiarity and we will therefore maintain it. Posting of workers is a cross-border issue by nature. The Juncker Commission remains firmly committed to the free movement of people on the basis of rules that are clear, fair for everybody and enforced on the ground.” A full press release is available here.
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