17 May 2022, 10:30

What’s next in Europe? – Timeline of European climate and energy policy

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Journalists! Mark your calendars – or rather let us do it for you. Europe is complicated and even journalists from EU member states sometimes struggle to understand how climate and energy policy is made, and when institutions take key decisions. This timeline flags key European energy and climate reporting events and developments and includes concise background information necessary to jump-start your coverage.

You can find more information on European climate and energy events and developments in the European Parliament’s European Green Deal legislative train schedule, in the event calendar of the German Council presidency, and in the Council’s press calendar.

2022

 

Date 1 January
Event

France takes over EU Council presidency

Subject

The Council represents the executive governments of member states, and the presidency rotates among EU member states every six months. It is not only responsible for setting policy priorities and planning and chairing meetings among ministers and heads of government, but must also try and reach agreement on laws with the EU’s other legislative bodies – the Commission and the Parliament. Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called 'trios'. France cooperates with the following two presidencies under Czechia and Sweden. Find France's presidency programme here (in French).

Press contact  Find the relevant ministry or institution press contact here.

 

Date 18 May
Event

European Commission presents RePowerEU plan

Subject

The Commission will present the details of its plan to make Europe independent of Russian fossil fuels before 2030. It also plans to present a New strategy on international energy engagement. It aims to publish technical legislation defining renewable hydrogen.

Press contact

Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date May and June
Event

Plenary votes in the European Parliament on Fit for 55 elements

Subject

EU lawmakers are set to vote on key elements from the Fit for 55 package of energy and climate legislation in May and June, for example the Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform, the CBAM, and CO2 standards for cars and vans.

Press contact Parliament’s press service

 

Date 24 May
Event

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Subject

This is one of several regular meetings of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. It is made up of ministers responsible for matters specifically relating to economy or finance policy, such as the possible carbon border adjustment mechanism proposed as part of the Fit for 55 package.

Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

Date 30 - 31 May
Event Special European Council
Subject

Council president Charles Michel announced there would be a special meeting of EU leaders. "On the agenda notably defence, energy and Ukraine," he wrote on Twitter.

Press contact Barendt Leyts, European Council

 

Date 2 June
Event Transport Council
Subject

This is one of several regular meetings of the Transport Council. It is made up of ministers responsible for matters specifically relating to transport policy, such as the new CO2 emissions limits for cars proposed as part of the Fit for 55 package.

Press contact Päivikki Ala-Honkola, European Council

 

Date 13 June
Event Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Subject Regular meeting of agriculture ministers of EU member states.
Press contact Emma O'Driscoll, European Council

 

Date 17 June
Event

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Subject

This is one of several regular meetings of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. It is made up of ministers responsible for matters specifically relating to economy or finance policy, such as the possible carbon border adjustment mechanism proposed as part of the Fit for 55 package.

Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

Date 23-24 June
Event European Council
Subject

This is one of four regular meetings of EU heads of state and government as the European Council.

Press contact Barendt Leyts, European Council

 

Date 27 June
Event Energy Council
Subject

This is one of several regular meetings of the Energy Council. It is made up of ministers responsible for matters specifically relating to the energy policy.

Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

Date 28 June
Event Environment Council
Subject

This is one of about four regular meetings of the Environment Council. The Environment Council is made up of ministers responsible for matters specifically relating to the environment. The European Commission is represented in meetings by both the Commissioner for the environment and the Commissioner for climate action.

Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

 

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