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EU Enlargement and the Irish Presidency - Blogs. 23 Oct 2012 James Kilcourse.

EU Enlargement and the Irish Presidency - Blogs

Energy: Energy Strategy for Europe. Energy Policy. A well conceived energy policy should address the needs and avail of opportunities in social, environmental, technical, regulatory, and economic dimensions.

Energy Policy

SEAI is committed to maintaining a central role in providing defensible evidence and analysis that supports the implementation of policy on the ground. Sustainable energy is no longer simply one facet of energy policy. Rather, attaining sustainability has become a primary goal. In working towards a transition to this goal, there are tensions and synergies between the three pillars of energy policy (namely: competitiveness, environment, and security).

A sense of urgency is required in this action as highlighted in the EU Green Paper on Energy, “Europe must act urgently: it takes many years to bring innovation on stream in the energy sector. The G8 leaders at the July, 2006 St. SEAI’s programmes and policy advice are informed and influenced by a wide range of actors. 1. EU biofuels significantly harming food production in developing countries. EU companies have taken millions of acres of land out of food production in Africa, central America and Asia to grow biofuels for transport, according to development campaigners.

EU biofuels significantly harming food production in developing countries

The consequences of European biofuel targets, said the report by ActionAid, could be up to 100 million more hungry people, increased food prices and landlessness. The report says the 2008 decision by EU countries to obtain 10% of all transport fuels from biofuels by 2020 is proving disastrous for poor countries. Developing countries are expected to grow nearly two-thirds of the jatropha, sugar cane and palm oil crops that are mostly used for biofuels.

"To meet the EU 10% target, the total land area directly required to grow industrial biofuels in developing countries could reach 17.5m hectares, over half the size of Italy. Additional land will also be required in developed nations, displacing food and animal feed crops onto land in new areas, often in developing countries," says the report. EU “will not abandon” biofuels in face of criticism. By John Parnell The EU will not abandon biofuels a spokesperson has said.

EU “will not abandon” biofuels in face of criticism

(Source: Wikimedia/Alaz) The EU will stand by its commitment to biofuels despite criticism from an NGO that that growing crops for fuel raises food prices and displaces local communities. A report by ActionAid released on Wednesday (25 April) claimed that Europe should drop its target of sourcing 10% of its transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020. “If it continues to ignore the impacts of its biofuels policy on people living in some of the poorest parts of the planet, the EU will effectively be sponsoring hunger and human rights abuses on a massive scale,” said Laura Sullivan, ActionAid’s Head of European Advocacy.

“Instead of pumping money into this fool’s gold, the EU needs to drop its targets and subsidies, and invest the money in truly sustainable alternatives, that support local farmers to produce food not fuel,” she added. The FQD is targeting a 6% cut in greenhouse gas emissions from road transport fuels. Biofuels - Trinity College. Over the past several years the changing world energy situation has generated intensive discussion about biofuels, much of it promising a source of environmentally sound energy that would also benefit world farmers.

Biofuels - Trinity College

UN: EU Violates Aarhus Convention. EU Regional Policy. Commission proposes one programming tool for all structural funds. European Commission - Press release Commission proposes one programming tool for all structural funds Brussels, 14 March 2012 - Following the Cohesion Policy proposals of 6th October, and in order to help Member States with their preparations for the next programming period the Commission has today presented the "Common Strategic Framework" (CSF).

Commission proposes one programming tool for all structural funds

It is intended to help in setting clear investment priorities for the next financial planning period from 2014 until 2020 in Member States and their regions. It will enable a far better combining of various funds to maximise the impact of EU investments. National and regional authorities will use this framework as the basis for drafting their 'Partnership Contracts' with the Commission, committing themselves to meeting Europe's growth and jobs targets for 2020. Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, said: "The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund fits well into this story. More information: Regional funding budget negotiations.

Active Citizenship

European Research Area - ERA. EU R&D budget. Today, July 9th the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn announced the next and final set of calls for proposals valued at € 8.1 billion for the EU's 7th RTD Framework Programme with a total budget of €55 billion being allocated for innovative research between 2007-2013. Automotive - Enterprise and Industry. Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century - Automotive - Enterprise and Industry. As part of the Commission's modern industrial policy, the CARS 21 (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century) process, which was initially launched in 2005, aims to make recommendations for the short-, medium-, and long-term public policy and regulatory framework of the European automotive industry.

Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century - Automotive - Enterprise and Industry

This framework enhances global competitiveness and employment, while sustaining further progress in safety and environmental performance at a price affordable to the consumer. Background. Cars: EU emissions laws. Press release - December 2, 2011 Brussels - The European car industry has been hit by infighting and has failed to agree a unified position on an upcoming EU law regarding vehicle emissions, claimed Greenpeace today.

Cars: EU emissions laws

The chief executives of Europe’s biggest car companies gathered for a meeting to decide their lobbying position on the future of EU car efficiency standards this morning. But in a Brussels press conference they told reporters they could not reach an agreement. Car industry restructuring.