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November Update: Energy and Environment

30 October 2017

A fast-moving time in the Brussels year, November opens with a Green Week and public holidays before getting down to business with serious policy discussion.

The Estonian Presidency continues to make its mark with a range of events and initiatives, but leaders are already looking ahead to next year following the publication of the 2018 European Commission Work Programme.

Meanwhile, the Brexit negotiations will enter a more pressured phase as the UK seeks to overcome the impasse that  threatens to damage domestic economic prospects.

Here, Alexis Thuau, DeHavilland EU's Policy Analyst for Energy and Environment, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this November.

What's on the agenda this month

by Alexis Thuau, EU Policy Analyst

November promises to be another lively month in the Brussels energy and climate arena, starting with a high-level event on clean energy financing organised jointly by the Commission and the European Parliament on 7 November.
As the Commission is expected to deliver key initiatives in the field of energy infrastructure, the Parliament for its part will adopt its stance on the governance, energy efficiency and renewables proposals.
Meanwhile, so-called trilogue negotiations between the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament are expected to start on the proposal to revise the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
Climate-wise, the Emissions Trading Scheme, the Effort Sharing Regulation and the integration of land use, land-use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework are now also in trilogue stage, with hopes still high that an agreement on the former will be reached in the wake of the COP-23 climate conference.

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Alexis Thuau, EU Policy Analyst
Alexis Thuau
EU Policy Analyst

Alexis is responsible for DeHavilland EU’s energy, climate and environment portfolios. A graduate of Sciences-Po Aix-en-Provence and Pace University, he joined DeHavilland EU in 2015.