30 Nov 2018
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 30 NOVEMBEBrussels Daily
UN climate conference in Katowice: EU aims for adoption of rules to implement the Paris Agreement
This year’s UN climate conference in Katowice 3-14 December will be a key moment for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Three years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, the EU hopes that all Parties in Katowice will show the commitment and determination necessary to secure an ambitious and comprehensive work programme that covers all key areas including transparency, finance, mitigation and adaptation. This will enable and encourage climate action at all levels and demonstrate global commitment. The EU will be represented at the COP24 climate negotiations by the chief climate negotiator Miguel Arias Cañete and Elisabeth Köstinger, Minister for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria, which currently holds the EU Council Presidency. COP24 will bring together Heads of State and Government in a Leaders’ Segment where the Commission will be represented by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for the Energy Union. He will also participate at the Global Climate Action Agenda focused on non-state actors’ commitments. Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc will open the event ‘Urban Mobility Solutions to Tackle Climate Change’at Transport Day 2018. Elżbieta Bieńkowska,Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEswillattendan event “The global reach of Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.” The Commission this week presented a long-term strategic visionfor the modernisation of the European industry and economy aiming to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. The Commission will present the strategy to our global partners at COP24, and looks forward to kick-starting an EU-wide debate on its long-term strategy and submit it to the UNFCCC by 2020. Further information about the events in Katowice on COP24 webpage.
The EU Budget for 2019: Commission makes a new proposal to achieve growth, solidarity and security in Europe and beyond
In the context of the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council on the draft budget for 2019, the European Commission has today put forward a second proposal. It foresees a budget of €165 billion in commitments, and €148 billion in payments, which reflects the discussions that took place between Council and Parliament during the November 2018 conciliation period. With this new proposal, the Commission seeks to bridge the respective positions of the European Parliament and the Council so that the EU will be able to continue investing ingrowth and jobs, research and innovation, students and young people – the priorities of the Juncker Commission – also in 2019. Commenting on the proposal, Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of Budget and Human Resources, said: “It is in the interest of all Europeans that the EU institutions quickly reach a deal on a budget for 2019. I therefore urge the European Parliament and the Council to make compromises so that the EU continues to provide the much needed funding to researchers, students, businesses, farmers and the socially deprived.” The proposal is based on the understanding that the United Kingdom will continue to contribute to and participate in the implementation of EU budgets until the end of 2020 as if it were a Member State. Detailed information about the proposal is available here.
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