29 Nov 2022, 12:30

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 Czech Council presidency, and in the Council’s press calendar.

2022

 

Date 1 July
Event

Czech Republic 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'. Preceding presidency France cooperates with the Czech Republic and Sweden.

The Czech priorities are:

  1. Managing the refugee crisis and Ukraine’s post-war recovery
  2. Energy security
  3. Strengthening Europe’s defence capabilities and cyberspace security
  4. Strategic resilience of the European economy
  5. Resilience of democratic institutions

Find the Czech presidency programme here.

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

 

Date 30 November
Event European Commission presents Circular Economy Package II + emission standards
Subject

The Commission plans to present the second part of its circular economy package, including:

  • Proposal for a Regulation on substantiating environmental claims using the Product/
    Organisation Environmental Footprint methods (green claims)
  • Policy framework for bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics
  • Review of the Packaging and packaging waste directive to reinforce the essential
    requirements for packaging and establish EU level packaging waste prevention
    measures and targets

Also on the agenda:

  • Carbon removal certification
  • Review of the CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles
Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission.

 

Date 5 December
Event Transport Council
Subject One of several regular meetings of EU transport ministers.
Press contact Dimosthenis Mammonas, European Council

 

Date Mid-December (16/17)
Event

Envisioned deadline for negotiations on key Fit for 55 legislation -- "jumbo trilogue" on 16/17 December

Subject

The Czech EU Council presidency has said that it aims to finanlise so-called trilogue negotiations between the Council, the Parliament and the Commission on key Fit for 55 legislation in December, before the presidency term ends. Politico reported the deadline would be 15 December, however a so-called "jumbo trilogue" is planned for 16 and 17 December. While an agreement on CBAM could be reached before that date, these are the legislations likely up for debate:

  • ETS
  • Social Climate Fund
  • CBAM

All of these issues are linked, which is why the two-day negotiations are happening to find solutions for "these big political questions where we are nowhere close to having an agreement," said Michael Bloss, parliamentarian from the Green group in the European Parliament in a briefing for journalists on 29 November.

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

 

Date 15-16 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 19 December
Event Energy Council
Subject One of several regular meetings of EU energy ministers.
Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

Date 20 December
Event Environment Council
Subject One of several regular meetings of EU environment ministers.
Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

 

2023

 

Date 1 January
Event

Sweden 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'. Preceding presidencies France and the Czech Republic cooperate with Sweden.

The Swedish priorities are set to be presented by the end of 2022.

Press contact  International Press Centre of the Swedish government

 

Date Q1 2023
Event European Commission presents proposal on reform of the EU electricity market
Subject

In its work programme 2023, the Commission says: "We will propose a comprehensivereform of the EU electricity marketinearly2023, including decoupling the effect of gas prices on electricity prices." The Commission will present a legislative proposal together with an impact assessment.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date 23-24 March
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 29-30 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 Q2 2023
Event European Commission presents proposals on greening freight transport
Subject

In its work programme 2023, the Commission says it aims to present a package on greening freight transport containing:

  1. International freight and passenger transport – increasing the share of rail traffic (legislative, incl. impact assessment)
  2. Revision of the weights and dimensions Directive (legislative, incl. impact assessment)
  3. Revision of the combined transport Directive (legislative, incl. impact assessment)
Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date Q3 2023
Event European Commission presents proposal on creating hydrogen bank
Subject

In its work programme 2023, the Commission says: "To help scale up our green hydrogen economy, we will create a new European Hydrogen Bank to invest EUR 3 billion into kick-starting a hydrogen market in EU, including through matching supply with demand." It will present a legislative proposal or a more general policy proposal on this.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date Q3 2023
Event European Commission presents proposal on greening corporate fleets
Subject

In its work programme 2023, the Commission says it will present a legislative proposal or a more general policy proposal on greening corporate fleets.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission

 

Date Q3 2023
Event European Commission presents proposal on sustainable food systems
Subject

In its work programme 2023, the Commission says: "We will set up a comprehensive framework for sustainable food systems in the EU, to make sustainability central to all food-related policies." It will present a legislative proposal together with an impact assessment.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission
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