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​While the energy sector in Europe has undergone change in the last decade, substantial barriers still remain that prevent households, businesses and industry from reaping the full benefit from the ongoing energy transition, exercising sensible control over their consumption and reducing their bills -  suggests working paper of Michel Lebrun on Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consu ... [more]
Interview with Jorge Moreira da Silva, Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy and Chair of the EPP Environment Ministerial meetings The aim of the European Union at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21 UNFCCC) is to keep the rise of the global average temperature below 2°C. Do you think that agreement will be ... [more]
Youth policy is a national, and in some cases regional, competence, but with worrying levels of youth unemployment, migration and radicalisation, cooperation at the European level needs to be stepped up. This was the main message from Csaba Borboly, President of Harghita County Council (Romania), when he presented his draft opinion to the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employme ... [more]
​As elected politicians representing the local and regional level in Europe, the European Committee of the Regions is an ideal partner for policy-making in the European Parliament– Michael Schneider, President of the EPP/CoR Group, stressed at the meeting of the EPP Group in the European Parliament today. "We can complement each other's work and look forward to enhancing our coopera ... [more]
​European regions and cities welcome the European Commission’s new approach to enlargement strategy by providing a wider four-year mandate context (2015-19) to its annual reports. Debating Anna Magyar’s working document on the EU Enlargement Strategy 2015-2016, the European Committee of the Regions Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) members ... [more]
​The tragic attacks in Paris last Friday were aimed not only at innocent people, ordinary civilians, but at all of us, Europeans and the values that we proudly share.   We should not let those who were behind these evil acts succeed in putting divisions between our nations and the regions of Europe.   Together we pay tribute to those killed and seriously injured. Our thoughts ... [more]
The EU refugee crisis has been a crisis for cross-border cooperation - stated Raffaele Cattaneo, (EPP/IT), Chair of COTER and Political Coordinator of the EGTC Platform of the CoR, speaking  at the seminar on "the participation of the EGTCs in programmes of European Territorial Cooperation" coorganised together with the Association of European Border Re ... [more]

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