COP27: EU calls on all Parties to take concrete steps to limit global warming to 1.5°C and respect the Paris Agreement
At the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference starting this weekend in Sharm el-Sheikh, the Commission will call on all Parties to take urgent action to bring down greenhouse gas emissions and respect the commitments they made under the Paris Agreement, as well as in the Glasgow Climate Pact adopted last year at COP26. On 7-8 November, President von der Leyen will represent the Commission at the World Leaders’ Summit that officially opens COP27. From 14-18 November, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will lead the EU negotiating team. Commissioners for Energy, Kadri Simson, for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski will also participate at events at COP27. The Commission’s negotiating team will push for the implementation of existing commitments to move from ambitious words to concrete actions, including through the adoption of a Mitigation Work Programme to urgently scale up mitigation ambition and implementation in this critical decade. On adaptation to climate change, the EU is committed to achieve clear progress towards the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA). Nature-based solutions, as highlighted in last year’s Glasgow Climate Pact, play a crucial role in enabling adaptation to climate change and preserving biodiversity, which will also be a key topic at the Biodiversity COP15 later this year. On the issue of loss and damage, the EU will seek effective solutions to meet the diverse needs of vulnerable countries around the world facing the effects of climate change. The EU backs an official agenda item on averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage. This would enable Parties to discuss the best way forward to facilitate swift access to finance and scale up support for vulnerable countries and communities. We will also work with developed countries to ensure they double financing for adaptation by 2025 compared to 2019 levels, and that they increase climate finance contributions to meet the annual $100 billion target to which the EU contributed €23.04 billion in 2021 – a steady and by far the largest contribution. A press release and a QandA with more information are available online. (For more information: Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 2 295 86 02; Giulia Bedini – Tel.: +32 2 295 86 61)
EU Cohesion Policy: over €66 million for cross-border cooperation with Ukraine on health, environment and administrative capacity
Over €66 million for cross-border cooperation with Ukraine will be available under the first cross-border cooperation programme adopted by the Commission: Interreg NEXT Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine. The programme covers the 2021-2027 period. Through this Cohesion Policy programme, three Member States (Hungary, Slovakia and Romania) and Ukraine will work together for equal access to health care and more resilience of their health systems. The programme will also support sustainable solutions for climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention. Participating countries will also cooperate to protect nature, promote green infrastructures, and enhance sustainable tourism. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “This programme is part of the overall support and unwavering solidarity of the EU towards Ukraine. Under Cohesion Policy, Interreg will help Ukraine and bordering Member States to face common challenges and grasp common opportunities. Ukraine is part of the European family, and this is yet again another tangible sign of collaboration in a common path forward.” The programme will also help aligning EU Member States’ and Ukraine’s standards for an efficient public administration. Projects will promote legal and administrative cooperation to resolve common obstacles in the border regions, while fostering cooperation between citizens, civil society, and institutions. Interreg NEXT cooperation programmes for the period 2021-2027 have an allocation of €1.1 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA). For the 2021-2027 period, almost €600 million will be granted to five Interreg programmes, to support cross-border and transnational cooperation activities between Member States and Ukraine. (For more information: Stefan de Keersmaecker – Tel.: +32 2 298 46 80, Veronica Favalli – Tel.: +32 2 298 72 69)
Commission and European Central Bank hold high-level conference on digital euro
The Commission and the European Central Bank will on Monday hold a high-level conference entitled “Towards a legislative framework enabling a digital euro for citizens and businesses” to discuss key regulatory and policy aspects of a digital euro. A digital euro would be an electronic form of money accessible to everyone in the euro area. The Commission has announced a legislative proposal on a digital euro for the second quarter of 2023. Many other jurisdictions are also exploring options for central bank digital currencies. Speakers include Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (tbc), in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, Commissioners Mairead McGuinness, Paolo Gentiloni and Thierry Breton; ECB President Christine Lagarde, ECB Executive Board Member Fabio Panetta, Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe, European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kaili, MEP and chair of the European Parliament’s ECON committee Irene Tinagli, Spanish First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Digitalisation Nadia Calviño, G7 Finance Track Chair and German Minister of Finance Christian Lindner, US Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Nellie Liang, and other high-level and industry speakers. The conference will take place in the Charlemagne building of the European Commission, in Brussels. You can watch the event live here. (For more information: Daniel Ferrie – Tel.: +32 2 298 65 00; Francesca Dalboni – Tel: +32 2 298 81 70)
Monday 07 November 4, 2022
Ms Stella Kyriakides delivers a keynote speech to the 8th annual World Cancer Series: Europe 2022 event.
Mr Margaritis Schinas in Athens, Greece: visits the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry; visits and meets representatives of the Found.Ation; visits the egg hub/Eurobank and meets with the egg Steering Committee and egg Advisory Board.
Tuesday 08 November
Mr Margaritis Schinas receives Mrs Reem Alabali-Radovan, State Minister for migration, refugees and integration of Germany; receives the Greek national school of Public Administration and Local Government; delivers a keynote speech at the opening of the #fakeimages exhibition.
Wednesday 09 November
Mr Margaritis Schinas receives Mr Spyridon Flogaitis, Director of the European Public Law organisation; receives Mr Daniel Mariaschin, CEO of B’nai B’rith International.
Ms Stella Kyriakides holds a videoconference call with representatives of the PKU Alliance.
Mr Margaritis Schinas receives Mr Claude Scheuer, President of EUPEA.
Ms Stella Kyriakides in Nicosia, Cyprus: (in Nicosia) delivers a keynote speech to the KEFEA and EFPIA Conference: ‘The Future of Health Care in Cyprus: Embrace, Evaluate, Evolve’; and visits the Karaiskakio Foundation; (in Limassol) delivers a speech to the 4th Cyprus Oncology Conference, organised by the Cyprus Anticancer Society and the Cyprus Oncology Society.
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