Towards a Sustainability-Oriented Energy Union

Towards a Sustainability-Oriented Energy Union

Towards a sustainability-oriented Energy Union Green Budget Europe, CEE Bankwatch and EEB assessment of the Energy Union Country factsheets Since 2015 the European Commission has been working towards integrated continent-wide low-carbon policies and an energy system that aims to support a fundamental transformation of the EU energy system. The Energy Union Strategy as one of the 10 key priorities for the current European Commission aims to provide “secure, sustainable, competitive […]

63 policy makers, leading academics, businesses and civil society call for an innovative reform of the EU budget

63 policy makers, leading academics, businesses and civil society call for an innovative reform of the EU budget

The EU budget in its current form is not a driver of sustainable development – neither in terms of how revenues are raised, nor how they are spent. A reform of the budgetary system to address and overcome current complexities could green EU budgets and enhance the transparency and visibility of the EU. Ahead of the presentation of the final report of the High-Level Group on Own Resources chaired by […]

Submission by Green Budget Europe to public consultation on DG Competition’s review of the General Block Exemption Regulations (State aid): extension to ports and airports

Submission by Green Budget Europe to public consultation on DG Competition’s review of the General Block Exemption Regulations (State aid): extension to ports and airports

James Nix, Director of Green Budget Europe, sent the following submission on 8 December 2016 in response to the Commission’s Directorate General of Competition public consultation. The Commission is proposing to exempt airports with fewer than 3 million passengers annually from State aid rules. Green Budget Europe argues this is a wrong-headed response to acknowledged subsidy dependence on the part of these airports. We note the Commission proposal to ‘block […]

From Challenge to Opportunity:  Assessment of Country Reports and proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations in support of the European Semester Cycle

From Challenge to Opportunity: Assessment of Country Reports and proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations in support of the European Semester Cycle

2016 marked a turning point in the global policy agenda. The EU’s decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement proved that Member States and the EU Commission can work together and show international leadership. The EU and its Member States are committed to keeping temperature rises to “well below” 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit increases to 1.5°C by cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in […]

Communicating Green Own Resources: A New Narrative for the EU Budget

Communicating Green Own Resources: A New Narrative for the EU Budget

This study commissioned by Helga Trüpel, Ernest Maragall, Monika Vana and Indrek Tarand, members of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, examines sustainability-oriented means of financing the EU budget and provides a set of arguments in favour of specific green own resource candidates. The Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) necessitate a paradigm shift in various social and economic areas. The EU budget with its […]

The Circular Economy: Practical steps to enhance the EU package

The Circular Economy: Practical steps to enhance the EU package

This briefing highlights the shortcomings of the 2015 Circular Economy package, and looks at how the environmental and socially equitable reform of fiscal systems across the EU can support the transition to a circular economy. On 2 December 2015, the European Commission presented a revised Circular Economy package (COM/2015/614) with the stated aim of supporting the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a […]

Green taxes as a means of financing the EU budget: policy options

Green taxes as a means of financing the EU budget: policy options

This study commissioned by Helga Trüpel, Member of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, analyses four promising ecological revenue sources for the EU budget.           Drawing on a brief overview of the current Union budget, its shortcomings and its reform process, we assess the following options: revenues derived from road fuel taxes, carbon taxes, energy taxes, and fines imposed by the Court of Justice of […]

Tackling air pollution from diesel cars through tax: options for the UK

Tackling air pollution from diesel cars through tax: options for the UK

A new report by UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources for Green Budget Europe outlines options for fiscal reform. Each year an estimated 40,000-52,500 premature deaths result from outdoor air pollution in the UK. A primary component of air pollution is nitrogen oxides (NOx) from various sources, but particularly from road transport, with diesel cars a significant contributor. Tax instruments hold a number of benefits to complement the existing policy landscape. […]

The effectiveness of the European Semester from a governance perspective

The effectiveness of the European Semester from a governance perspective

The aim of this paper is to explain the European Semester, to analyse its governance abilities and to develop and propose messages on how to advocate for the inclusion of low-carbon objectives related to climate and energy policy, as well as the enforcement of the Circular Economy Package. The Semester, theoretically, offers an opportunity for persistent and diligent monitoring to bring the EU on track towards the achievement of its […]

Greening budgets through EU Energy Union and the European Semester

Greening budgets through EU Energy Union and the European Semester

Since the launch of the European Commission’s proposed Energy Union in February 2015, energy policy has disappeared from the main governance tool to monitor the progress of the EU’s Economic and Monetary Union, known as the European Semester. While it may appear sensible on a superficial level to have a separate framework for energy policy, it has created two strategic challenges: Firstly, Energy Union’s target implementation will not be in […]