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European Parliament hosts urgency debate on Russia, notably the situation of environmental activists and Ukrainian political prisoners

19 July 2019
On 18 July, the European Parliament held a plenary session urgency debate in Strasbourg to discuss cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Russia, notably the situation of environmental activists and Ukrainian political prisoners. “The European Union has repeatedly…
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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019: More than 3,200 participants attend events in Brussels

19 July 2019
This year’s edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place between 17 and 21 June, with a series of events organised in Brussels, across the EU Member States and in the Eastern partner countries. More than 3,200 people participated in the events in Brussels, where 90 policy sessions…
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Belarus: “Green class” initiative launched at Nadezhda Children’s Centre

19 July 2019
On 11 July, 140 students and 10 teachers took part in a “green class” at the Nadezhda Children’s Rehabilitation and Health Centre in Belarus. The children enjoyed participating in interactive games, excursions, lessons on environmental monitoring, discussions and competitions. The green class…
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European Union presents its progress towards sustainable development

19 July 2019
Yesterday, at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York, the EU reaffirmed its strong commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a shared global roadmap for a peaceful and prosperous world, with human well-being…
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Belarusian cities organised more than 400 events at EU Sustainable Energy Week

17 July 2019
Belarusian cities organised more than 400 energy events in the framework of this year’s European Union Sustainable Energy Week. 35 cities that participate in the EU-funded Covenant of Mayors East initiative hosted events including environmental forums, ecological festivals, bike rides, sports…
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EU supports discussion on zero waste production in Ukraine

17 July 2019
Series of workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ukraine on zero waste production will be organised between 25 July and 31 August. A first seminar will be organised between 25-27 July the seminar in west-Ukrainian city of Rivne, and a second one - from 29-31 August - in the…
European Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

European Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

17 July 2019
With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term. EP President David Sassoli said: "On behalf of Parliament, I congratulate you…
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Council adopts negotiation directives for modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty

15 July 2019
The EU Council has today given a mandate to the European Commission to begin negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The aim of the negotiations is to modernise the provisions of the ECT so that it takes account of sustainable development and climate goals, as well…
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EU4Energy: Moldova-Ukraine electricity market integration moves forward

15 July 2019
A second series of High Level Policy Talks dedicated to electricity market integration between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova took place on 14 June in Odesa. Bringing together stakeholders from both countries, representatives of the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat,…
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Strategy to mobilise investments in nearly zero-energy buildings in Ukraine

15 July 2019
With the assistance of the EU4Energy Governance project, Ukraine is preparing a strategy and roadmap for mobilising investments to renovate and upgrade existing buildings so they are more energy efficient. Next week, the project will organise the first meeting with state authorities to discuss…