13 Sep 2022, 13:30

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 14 September
Event State of the Union address by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen
Subject

In September each year, the President of the European Commission delivers the State of the Union address to the Parliament. The address takes stock of the achievements of the past year and presents the priorities for the year ahead. Von der Leyen is expected to outline the Commission's ideas on capping energy prices.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission.

 

Date 14 September
Event European Commission presents proposals to tackle high energy prices
Subject

In a press conference, Commissioner Timmermans and Simson will present the proposals for an emergency intervention to address high energy prices.

Press contact Tim McPhie, European Commission.

 

Date 16 September
Event Climate ambassadors meeting
Subject The Czech Council presidency invites EU Climate Ambassadors to mobilise EU climate diplomacy ahead of UNFCCC COP 27 and on climate security.
Press contact Czech Council presidency

 

Date 30 September
Event Extraordinary Energy Council
Subject

Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Sikela of the Czech Republic, which holds the Council presidency, announced an extraordinary meeting of energy ministers to discuss the energy crisis. "I have just convened another extraordinary Energy Council to discuss the Commission's proposals for dealing with high energy prices."

Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

Date 6-7 October
Event Prague Summit - informal European Council
Subject The Czech Council presidency invites EU leaders to Prague.
Press contact Czech Council presidency

 

Date 11-12 October
Event Informal meeting of energy ministers
Subject The Czech Council presidency invites ministers to Prague.
Press contact Vojtěch Srnka, Czech industry & trade ministry

 

Date 18 October
Event European Commission to decide 2023 Work Programme
Subject The Commissioners decide their work priorities for 2023.
Press contact

Daniel Sheridan Ferrie, European Commission

 

Date 20-21 October
Event Informal meeting of transport ministers
Subject The Czech Council presidency invites ministers to Prague.
Press contact František Jemelka, Czech transport ministry

 

Date 20-21 October
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 24 October
Event Environment Council
Subject One of several regular meetings of EU environment ministers.
Press contact Johanna Store, European Council

 

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 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 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

 

 

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