17 Jun 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 17 JUNEBrussels Daily
Energy Union: Commission kicks off debate on “driving road decarbonisation forwards”
On 18 June, Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete, Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Violeta Bulc, responsible respectively for climate action and energy, internal market and industry, and transport, will host a conference in Brussels on the next steps towards decarbonising road transport. Road transport accounts for nearly 30% of EU energy consumption and is responsible for a fifth of EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Commissioners will be listening to views from experts, manufacturers and other stakeholders as part of its work to promote emissions reduction and energy efficiency in transport. This is part and parcel of the Juncker Commission’s Energy Union priority project which takes a comprehensive view on road transport decarbonisation including looking into technologically-neutral solutions for electric transportation and for renewable energy sources in transport. The Commissioners will participate in three panels and discuss future challenges with national politicians, industry leaders and representatives of civil society. More information on the programme is available on the website of the Conference ‘Driving Road Decarbonisation forwards’.
EUROSTAT: Annual inflation up to 0.3% in the euro area
Euro area annual inflation was 0.3% in May2015, up from 0.0% in April. In May 2014 the rate was 0.5%. European Union annual inflation was also 0.3% in May2015, up from 0.0% in April. A year earlier the rate was 0.6%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May2015, negative annual rates were observed in eight Member States. The lowest annual rates were registered in Cyprus (-1.7%), Greece (-1.4%) and Slovenia (-0.8%). The highest annual rates were recorded in Romania and Malta (both 1.3%) and Latvia (1.2%). Compared with April2015, annual inflation fell in two Member States, remained stable in three and rose in twenty-three. The largest upward impacts to euro area annual inflation came from vegetables (+0.09 percentage points), restaurants & cafés (+0.08 pp) and tobacco (+0.07 pp), while fuels for transport (-0.34 pp), heating oil (-0.15 pp) and gas (-0.08 pp) had the biggest downward impacts. The Eurostat press release can be found here
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