02 Mar 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 02 MARCHBrussels Daily
President Juncker’s speech on the White Paper at the European Parliament: “Quo vadis Europa at 27” Avenues for a united future at 27”
As announced in President Juncker’s 2016 State of the Union speech, he yesterday presented the “White Paper on the Future of Europe: Avenues for Unity for the EU at 27”, which forms the Commission’s contribution to the Rome Summit on 25 March 2017. President Juncker said: “Quo vadis Europe at 27? There is no better time, there is also no other time, than now to have this admittedly difficult debate.” The White Paper sets out the main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade. It presents five scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on how it chooses to respond. “The choices we make today, tomorrow, in two years from now, until 2025, have to be guided by a full understanding of their implications, not for us, but for the generations to come. Because we will be judged not for what we inherited but for what we leave behind,” said President Juncker. Read the full speech here. A press release and the full White Paper are also available. See also: The European Story – 60 years of shared progress.
Commissioner Arias Cañete in Canada to advance cooperation on fighting climate change and managing the clean energy transition
The Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will visit Ottawa, Canada, from 2-3 March. During the visit, the Commissioner will meet Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, and co-host a roundtable discussion on energy and climate change bringing together industry, environmental organisations, think-tanks and academia. The Commissioner will also meet high-level officials responsible for natural resources and innovation, science and economic development, as well as stakeholders in the energy and environment sector. The meetings will focus on the latest developments on climate and energy issues in the EU and Canada as well as around the world to further advancing cooperation in areas of common concern such as clean energy, and action to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. Ahead of the visit, Commissioner Arias Cañete said: “The EU and Canada are determined to implement the Paris Agreement and boost the global clean energy transition. Given the current geopolitical uncertainties, our cooperation is more crucial than ever. Canada and the EU agree that tackling climate change and adapting our energy systems are significant drivers of job creation, investment opportunities and growth.” Canada is one of the EU’s longest-standing partners. Last month the European Parliament approved a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada (read IP/17/270). The EU and Canada commit in CETA to co-operate in facilitating trade and investment in environmental goods and services. CETA also provides for tariff liberalisation for energy efficient and renewable energy products such as heat pumps, energy efficiency boilers or parts for winds turbines among others. Cutting costs of such goods at the border will help disseminate technologies needed for climate change mitigation, and thus contributes to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.