14 Oct 2021, 16:50

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.

Source: E3G

Climate and energy think tank E3G has published a timeline for the EU for 2021. You can find it for download here.

2021

 

Date 19 October
Event European Commission to adopt 2022 work programme
Subject

Every year, the Commission adopts a work programme setting out the list of actions it will take in the coming twelve months. The work programme informs the public and the co-legislators of our political commitments to present new initiatives, withdraw pending proposals and review existing EU legislation. It does not cover the ongoing work of the Commission to implement its role as Guardian of the Treaties and enforce existing legislation or the regular initiatives that the Commission adopts every year.

Press contact Eric Mamer, European Commission

 

Date 21 - 22 October
Event European Council
Subject

This is one of four regular meetings of EU heads of state and government as the European Council. The recent hike in energy prices is on the agenda.

Press contact Barendt Leyts, European Council

 

Date 26 October
Event Extraordinary Energy Council
Subject

EU member state energy ministers meet in Luxembourg to exchange views about the impact of rising energy prices and possible measures at EU level.

Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

Date 30-31 October
Event G20 summit in Rome, Italy
Subject

Right before COP26, co-organised by Italy, the G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will be held in Rome on October 30th and 31st 2021, with the participation of the G20 Heads of State and Government, of their counterparts from invited countries, and of the representatives of some of the main international and regional organizations. The Ministers of Economics and Finance traditionally also take part in the event. The Summit is the climax of the G20 process and the final stage, at Leaders’ level, of the intense work carried out within ministerial meetings, working groups and Engagement Groups throughout the year.

Press contact Govt Italy

 

Date 1- 12 November
Event UN climate change conference COP 26
Subject Many see the 2021 United Nations climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow as the most important COP (Conference of the Parties) since 2015, when the landmark Paris Agreement was adopted. COP26 has been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, it will now take place after the ‘by 2020’ deadline for numerous components of the Paris Agreement, such as delivering updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs). COPs are usually attended by national ministers and heads of state. World leaders are scheduled to convene for a summit on 1 and 2 November.
Press contact UNFCCC

 

Date 9 November
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 Lidija Tisma, European Council

 

Date 2 December
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 9 December
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 14 December
Event European Commission presents further draft legislation adding to the "Fit for 55 Package" from July + other climate/energy proposals
Subject

Raising the 2030 climate target requires a set of actions across all sectors of the economy. Basically, all major energy and climate legislation will have to be amended and the Commission presented most of its proposals on 14 July 2021. Some proposals, however, will be put forth in the fourth quarter: a revision of the energy performance of Buildings Directive, and a revision of the Third Energy Package for gas to regulate competitive decarbonised gas markets, legislation to reduce methane emissions from the energy sector. The Commission also aims to present a communication on restoring sustainable carbon cycles, initiatives on sustainable products, a package on efficient and green mobility, and several proposals on restoration, deforestation and soil.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date 16-17 December
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 20 December
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

 

Date 22 December
Event European Commission presents several proposals on restoration, deforestation and soil
Subject

Raising the 2030 climate target requires a set of actions across all sectors of the economy. Basically, all major energy and climate legislation will have to be amended and the Commission presented most of its proposals on 14 July 2021. Some proposals, however, will be put forth in the fourth quarter. On 22 December, the Commission is set to present several proposals on restoration, deforestation and soil.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date Sometime in 2021/2022 (tbc)
Event 6th  African Union-European Union Summit
Subject Every three years, the AU-EU summit brings together EU and African leaders to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents. Due to COVID-19, the summit was postponed to 2021. The summit could be pushed to 2022.
Press contact Barend Leyts, European Council

2022

Date February 2022
Event 6th  African Union-European Union Summit
Subject Every three years, the AU-EU summit brings together EU and African leaders to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 summit was postponed first to 2021, now to February 2022.
Press contact Barend Leyts, European Council
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