On 28th October, the European Commission adopted its new Single Market Strategy, aiming at delivering a deeper and fairer Single Market that will benefit consumers as well as businesses. The Single Market is one of Europe’s great achievement; in the past 20 years, it has helped companies to benefit from economies of scale, triggered efficiency […]
Every year, the European Commission adopts a plan of action for the next twelve months, to explain how the political priorities will become concrete actions. On 27th October, the European Commission presented its Work Programme for 2016, which is structured around the ten priorities set out by President Juncker at the start of its mandate. […]
On 15th July the EC presented the so-called “summer package” for a new European energy system. This package of measures starts implementing the new strategy presented on February by the Juncker Commission, “Energy Union”, which defines a forward-looking policy on climate change. Specifically, the measures are based on a new definition of the role of consumers in the energy market, a redefinition of the European electricity market, an update of the energy efficiency labelling and a revision of the EU emission trading scheme (ETS). The proposals focus on the principle of “efficiency first” and put consumers and businesses in the centre of the European energy market. With regard to energy labelling, the EC has published a proposal for a regulation, which proposes to return to the original energy scale from A to G.
On 9th July 2015, the members of the European Parliament gathered in plenary session approved with a high consensus (394 votes in favour, 197 against and 82 abstentions) a very structured proposal on issue of circular economy. The resolution adopted by the European Parliament follows the European Commission’s communication on circular economy package (COM (2014) 0398), presented together with a legislative proposal on waste (COM (2014)397) which was withdrawn in March by the new Juncker Commission with a promise to make improvements.
In the wake of this controversial decision by the Commission, the European Parliament therefore wanted to send a strong signal, urging it to submit an “ambitious proposal” on the issue by the end of the year.