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November Update: Energy and Environment

26 October 2018

What's on the agenda this month

by Matteo Panizzardi, Energy Policy Executive

In November, the European Commission will receive feedback from stakeholders on draft Regulations on the Review of ecodesign requirements for household washing machines and washer-driers, Ecodesign requirements for (other) electric motors and Energy efficiency – ecodesign rules on power transformers. The feedback period for these initiatives will close on 21 November. Furthermore, the European Commission will release its Communication on a Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction before the end of the month.

Read our Commission Work Programme 2019 briefing.

The Commission Work Programme 2019, published on October 23, stated that the European Commission will endeavour to complete legislative procedure on the pending legislative items in the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package. Progress should be seen also on the Proposal for a Directive on the common rules for the internal market in natural gas. Co-legislators in the European Parliament and Council will thus Trilogue negotiations on these files.

With regards to the circular economy and environmental policy, November will most likely see the start of Trilogue negotiations on the Proposal for a Directive on single-use plastics just passed in last week’s European Parliament plenary sitting.

Outside the legislative chambers, the 11th annual SET-Plan conference 2018 will take place in Vienna. Organised by the EU Council Presidency, the conference offers a chance for decision-makers, stakeholders and researchers to meet and assess the SET-Plan's progress.  

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Matteo Panizzardi, Energy Policy Executive
Matteo Panizzardi
Energy Policy Consultant

Matteo leads on the Energy, environment and Climate portfolio. He was previously a Blue Book Trainee at the The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission.