(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)
Déplacements et visites
Lundi 17 octobre
Environment Council, in Luxembourg.
Foreign Affairs Council (until 18/10), in Luxembourg.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Ulisses Correia e Silva, Prime Minister of Cabo Verde.
President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with Mr Frans Timmermans, meets with Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament; Mr Manfred Weber, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament; and with Mr Gianni Pittella, President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament.
Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Xavier Niel, CEO of Iliad.
Mr Andrus Ansip delivers the opening speech at the European Consumer Summit, in Brussels.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Bratislava, Slovakia: gives a keynote speech at the Slovak Construction Sector Conference; gives a keynote speech and hands over the 2016 ERRA Regulatory Research Award at the 15th Energy Investment and Regulation Conference, organised by the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA). He also meets with Mr Juraj Sinay, President of the Automotive Industry Association (ZAP SR).
Mr Jyrki Katainen gives a keynote speech about energy efficiency investments at a press conference with the European Alliance to Save Energy, in Brussels.
Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Luc Triangle, General Secretary of industriAll European Trade Union.
Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a keynote speech at the WIK (Writing and Illustrating for Kids) conference “Europe’s Road to a gigabit Economy”, in Brussels.
Mr Günther Oettinger delivers the opening speech at the High Level Conference on Building the European Data Economy, in Brussels.
Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Xavier Niel, CEO of Iliad.
Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a keynote speech at the 4th Congress of the Solvay Schools, in Brussels.
Mr Günther Oettinger receives Ms Sharon White, CEO of Ofcom.
Ms Cecilia Malmström in Stockholm, Sweden: meets with representatives from the Swedish National Board of Trade.
Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa.
Mr Neven Mimica receives Ulisses Correia e Silva, Prime Minister of Cabo Verde.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Luxembourg: meets with Mr Nicos Kouyialis, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus.
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Tallinn, Estonia: meets with Ms Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, Mr Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister and with Mr Hanno Pevkur, Minister of the Interior; visits the headquarters of eu-LISA (European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice).
Ms Marianne Thyssen in Bratislava, Slovakia: attends the Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic coordination and Governance; gives a keynote speech at the session “Strengthening the Social Dimension of the EMU”.
Mr Christos Stylianides in Athens, Greece: delivers a speech at the Conference on “Challenges and Prospects for Europe and Greece”.
Mr Phil Hogan in The Netherlands: attends the Noord-Brabant European Region of Gastronomy “Dutch Agri Food Week” event; visits Wageningen University and Research.
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Iran: delivers an opening speech at the EU-Iran Conference on Economic, Industrial and Investment opportunities alongside Mr Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade. She also meets wiith Ms Masoumeh Ebtekar and Mr Masoud Soltanifar, Vice Presidents of Iran, as well as with Mr Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and with Mr Ali Tayebnia, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance.
Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Jan Zijderveld, President of Unilever.
Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the European Consumer Summit, in Brussels.
Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Per Bolund, Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs and Deputy Minister for Finance of Sweden.
Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the opening panel of the first “Gathering of labs” event, organised by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre, to officially inaugurate the launch of the EU Policy Lab, in Brussels.
Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers opening remarks at the Jean Monnet Annual Conference on “Global governance in times of global challenges”, organised by DG Education and Culture (EAC), in Brussels.
Ms Corina Creţu in Quito, Ecuador (until 20/10): participates in the Opening Plenary Session of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
Mr Carlos Moedas participates in the Signing of the Implementing Arrangement with Mr Anthony L. Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU, in Brussels.
Mardi 18 octobre
General Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, for a working lunch.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the EU-Iraq Cooperation Council, in Brussels.
Ms Federica Mogherini delivers a keynote speech at the Progressive Alliance Parliamentarian Conference “For a New Agenda for Peace and Justice”, in Brussels.
Ms Federica Mogherini attends the meeting of the EU-Albania Friendship Group, in Brussels.
Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Luxembourg: participates in the General Affairs Council on the Mid-term review of the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020; attends the meeting on the high-level group on own resources (HLGOR).
Mr Andrus Ansip receives Mr Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič gives a keynote speech at the 2016 Annual Congress “Connecting Local Energies, Optimize the Synergies” of the European Federation of Local Energy Companies (CEDEC), in Brussels.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič takes part in the Public Hearing on the “Northern Gate – New competitive natural gas sources for Europe”, in Brussels.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Piotr Naimski, Plenipotentiary of the Government for Strategic Energy Infrastructure of Poland.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič takes part in a high-level event on Space policy under the patronage of the Sky & Space Intergroup, in Brussels.
Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Ştefan-Radu Oprea, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development of the Romanian Senate.
Mr Jyrki Katainen receives Mr Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Mr Jyrki Katainen co-chairs the EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED), in Brussels.
Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens.
Mr Johannes Hahn participates in the first Eastern Partnership (EaP) formal Ministerial meeting on Environment and Climate Change and at the EaP Ministerial meeting on digital community, in Brussels.
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Aleksandar Vulin, Minister for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy of Serbia.
Mr Johannes Hahn chairs the meeting “Tunisian Development Plan” with Mr Mohammed Fadhel Abdelkefi, Minister for Development, International Cooperation and Investments of Tunisia, in Brussels.
Mr Neven Mimica in Dublin, Ireland: discusses the future of EU development cooperation and the revision of the European Consensus on Development with representatives from government, parliament, think tanks and civil society. He also delivers a speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Marrakech, Morocco (until 19/10): attends the Pre-COP Ministerial Meeting.
Mr Karmenu Vella in Luxembourg: participates in the 1st EU – Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Janusz Wojciechowski, Member of the European Court of Auditors.
Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Nicolas Borsinger, President of VOICE.
Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Aleksandar Vulin, Minister for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy of Serbia.
Mr Christos Stylianides participates in the EU-Iraq Cooperation Council, in Brussels.
Mr Julian King in Berlin, Germany: meets with Mr Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks; Mr Thomas de Maizière, Federal Minister of the Interior; and with representatives from the Committee on Internal Affairs at the Bundestag. He also visits the German Joint Counter-Terrorism Center (GTAZ).
Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Non-governmental organizations and International organizations on Children’s Rights.
Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the Open Science-Business event on university-industry partnerships in leading digital clusters, in Brussels.
Mr Tibor Navracsics speaks at the opening of the exhibition “Generation Code: Born at the Library”, organised by the European Parliament as part of the EU Code Week, in Brussels.
Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the conference on how to strengthen the cultural cooperation with the new generation of circus art, in Brussels.
Ms Corina Creţu in Quito, Ecuador: meets with Mr Joan Clos, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN)Habitat III Conference; gives an opening speech at a DG Regio’s workshop; gives a speech at the Habitat III Policy Dialogue 3 – National Urban Policies for Sustainable Urban Development; meets with Ms María de los Ángeles Duarte, Minister for Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador.
Ms Margrethe Vestager receives representatives from GSM Association (GSMA).
Mr Carlos Moedas in Frankfurt, Germany: participates in the STM Annual Conference and delivers a speech on “Open Science: Next steps”.
Mercredi 19 octobre
European Council – Tripartite Social Summit, in Brussels.
President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the Tripartite Social Summit, in Brussels.
M. Frans Timmermans participe à l’événement “L’ouverture des journées de Bruxelles: l’Europe face aux menaces” organisé par BOZAR, à Bruxelles.
Mr Frans Timmermans participates in the event “Borders of Europe”, organised by Die Zeit, in Brussels.
Mr Valdis Dombrovskis moderates a discussion at the Tripartite Social Summit, in Brussels.
Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a keynote speech at the Nokia event “The Gigabit Society”, in Brussels.
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Anatoly Kalinin, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus and Mr Anatoly Sivak, Minister of Transport and Communications of Belarus.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives from Confindustria (Confederation of Italian Industry).
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives from Foodwatch.
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets with Mr Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg (Germany).
Ms Marianne Thyssen attends the Tripartite Social Summit, in Brussels.
Ms Marianne Thyssen attends the Poverty Intergroup event and gives a keynote speech upon the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.
Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Markus Borchert, Senior Vice President Europe at Nokia.
Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Anatoli Kalinin, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus and Mr Anatoli Sivak, Minister of Transport and Communications of Belarus.
Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Ms Krista Lagus, Executive Director of European Youth Parliament.
Ms Corina Creţu in Quito, Ecuador (until 20/10): participates in the High Level Roundtables on “Integrated Strategic Planning and Management” and on “Implementing the New Urban Agenda at All Levels and with All Actors“.
Ms Margrethe Vestager and Mr Carlos Moedas participate, together with Mr Emmanuel Macron, Former Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs of France and Founder of the movement “En Marche!”, in the discussion at the Bozar Forum “Comment donner un avenir à l’Europe?”, in Brussels.
Mr Carlos Moedas meets with Mr Gilles Kepel, Professor at Sciences Po Paris and Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, in Brussels.
Jeudi 20 octobre
European Council (until 21/10), in Brussels.
President Jean-Claude Juncker in Maastricht, The Netherlands: participates in the EPP Summit, ahead of the European Council.
Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg (Germany).
Mr Andrus Ansip in Valletta, Malta (until 21/10): meets with Mr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government; Mr Chris Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business and with Mr Emmanuel Mallia, Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy; On 21/10: meets with representatives from the Parliamentary Committee and with students from the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology.
Mr Günther Oettinger in Frankfurt, Germany: attends the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016.
Ms Cecilia Malmström delivers a speech at a Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) breakfast meeting on the theme of “Sound Trade Policy in the age of populism”, in Brussels.
Mr Neven Mimica receives Mr Etienne Davignon, President of the European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR Europe).
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid, Spain: participates in exchange of views with the Spanish national parliament; gives a keynote speech at the event “La noche de la automoción – motor de la economía española”.
Mr Karmenu Vella in Malta (until 21/10): attends the European Trade Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés (HOTREC) Conference.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in the Food Safety Workshop, organised by the European Association for Food Safety (SAFE), in Brussels.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives from the European Livestock and Meat Trading Union (UECBV).
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos meets with Mr Pierre Baussand, Director of Social Platform, in Brussels.
Ms Marianne Thyssen gives the opening speech at the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) 20th anniversary, in Brussels.
Mr Phil Hogan in Dublin, Ireland (until 21/10): meets with Mr Micheál Martin, Leader of Fianna Fáil; Mr Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Féin. He also meets with representatives from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce; participates in the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine; and speaks at the European Affairs Committee.
Ms Vĕra Jourová in the Czech Republic: speaks on the State of the European Union at the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and in the Committee on EU Affairs of the Senate of the Czech Republic; meets with Mr Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic.
Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a keynote speech at the opening of the annual Education, Training and Youth forum with stakeholders, organised by DG Education and Culture (EAC), in Brussels.
Mr Tibor Navracsics gives a keynote speech at the event “The EU between integration and renationalisation: insights from Central & Eastern EU Countries”, organised by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU in cooperation with the Andrassy University, in Brussels.
Mr Carlos Moedas participates in the plenary on the mid-term evaluation Horizon 2020, in Brussels.
Vendredi 21 octobre
President Jean-Claude Juncker attends the signing ceremony of the “Balticconnector” pipeline, in Brussels.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for a working lunch.
Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Rome, Italy: participates in the international conference “Why Women Matter. Promoting Gender Balance in Public Life and Economic Strategies”, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Ms Cecilia Malmström in Oslo, Norway (until 22/10): participates in the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete in Madrid, Spain: gives a keynote speech at the Climate KIC Spain Event.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a keynote speech at the Healthcare, and Agriculture and Food Committees event of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham), in Brussels.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis attends the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Forum, in Brussels.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives from the German National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (NASHIP).
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos and Mr Julian King in Rome, Italy: take part in the G6 meeting.
Ms Marianne Thyssen receives Ms Dominique Leroy, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee of Proximus, and Mr Stefaan De Clerck, Chairman of the Proximus Board of Directors.
Mr Christos Stylianides in Venice, Italy: takes part in the “Dialogue for cooperation to face challenges together”.
Mr Phil Hogan in Dublin, Ireland: addresses the Public Affairs Ireland Conference.
Ms Vĕra Jourová in Olomouc, the Czech Republic: debates with students in Olomouc and speaks at the conference “Legal responses to forced mass migrations: regional approaches and perspectives”, organised by the Faculty of Law of Palacký University of Olomouc.
Mr Carlos Moedas participates in the High Level Panel on the Decarbonisation initiative, in Brussels.
Samedi 22 octobre
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Greece: takes part in the Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs.
Prévisions du mois de novembre:
07/11 Eurogoup, in Brussels.
08/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.
11/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.
14-15/11 Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in Brussels.
14-15/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.
15-16/11 General Affairs Council, in Brussels.
16/11 Economic and Financial Affairs Council, in Brussels.
21-22/11 Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, in Brussels.
28/11 Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.
28-29/11 Competitiveness Council, in Brussels.
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The European Parliament,
– having regard to Article 189 of Title XIX of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
– having regard to the Commission communication of 28 February 2013 entitled ‘EU space industrial policy’ (COM(2013)0108),
– having regard to the Commission communication of 4 April 2011 entitled ‘Towards a space strategy for the European Union that benefits its citizens’ (COM(2011)0152),
– having regard to the Commission communication of 19 April 2016 entitled ‘European Cloud Initiative – Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe’ (COM(2016)0178),
– having regard to the Commission communication of 14 June 2010 on an Action Plan on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Applications (COM(2010)0308),
– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 512/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 912/2010 setting up the European GNSS Agency(1),
– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 377/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 establishing the Copernicus Programme and repealing Regulation (EU) No 911/2010(2),
– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 912/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 setting up the European GNSS Agency, repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1321/2004 on the establishment of structures for the management of the European satellite radio navigation programmes and amending Regulation (EC) No 683/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council(3),
– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1285/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the implementation and exploitation of European satellite navigation systems and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 876/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 683/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council(4),
– having regard to Regulation (EU) 2015/758 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015 concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system based on the 112 service and amending Directive 2007/46/EC(5),
– having regard to Regulation (EU) No 165/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 February 2014 on tachographs in road transport, repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport and amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport(6),
– having regard to the relevant Council conclusions and to the ministerial ‘Declaration of Amsterdam’ of 14 April 2016 on cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving,
– having regard to the motion for a resolution as adopted by the Committee on Foreign Affairs on 19 April 2016 on space capabilities for European security and defence (2015/2276(INI)),
– having regard to its resolution of 10 December 2013 on EU Space Industrial Policy, releasing the Potential for Growth in the Space Sector(7),
– having regard to its resolution of 19 January 2012 on a space strategy for the European Union that benefits its citizens(8),
– having regard to its resolution of 7 June 2011 on transport applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems – short- and medium-term EU policy(9),
– having regard to the study of January 2016 on Space Market Uptake in Europe(10),
– having regard to the question to the Commission on space market uptake (O-XXXXX – B8‑XXXX/2016),
– having regard to Rules 128(5) and 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas EU space activities are of major importance for scientific and technical progress, innovations, economic growth, industrial competitiveness, social cohesion, the creation of skilled jobs and enterprises, and new opportunities for both upstream and downstream markets;
B. whereas satellite navigation, earth observation (EO) and satellite communication services could make a vital contribution to the implementation of a broad range of Union policies; whereas European citizens could benefit significantly from satellite navigation and EO services;
C. whereas the implementation of space flagship programmes demonstrates the added value of cooperation at EU level; whereas the EU still lacks an integrated and coherent space policy;
D. whereas autonomous access to space is of strategic importance for the EU; whereas highly reliable and accurate positioning and timing information and EO data are fundamental for strengthening European autonomy and whereas both programmes have a unique innovative approach to technology implementation; whereas the Union will invest more than EUR 11 billion in GNSS and Copernicus infrastructure in the period up to 2020;
E. whereas the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), which augments the GPS signal, is already operational and Galileo will soon launch its initial services; whereas Copernicus is operational, and its core services are already available to users and the data are freely accessible worldwide;
F. whereas the technologies developed in the framework of space research have high cross-fertilisation and spin-off effects on other policy areas;
G. whereas the connection of existing infrastructure in the domains of data storage, networking and high-performance computing in Europe is necessary for developing the capacity to process and store large volumes of satellite data and is therefore important for facilitating a strong and competitive European downstream EO industry;
H. whereas in the next two decades European GNSS is expected to generate economic and social benefits worth around EUR 60-90 billion; whereas the annual turnover potential of the EO downstream services market to be reached by 2030 is estimated at around EUR 2.8 billion, of which more than 90 % should stem from Copernicus;
I. whereas the uptake of downstream applications and services based on space data has so far been below expectations; whereas in order to fully exploit the potential of the space data market, both public and private demand needs to be stimulated and it is necessary to overcome market fragmentation and any technical, legislative and other obstacles to the functioning of the internal market in the area of space-based products and services;
J. whereas the Commission announced in its Work Programme for 2016 the intention to present a ‘Space Strategy for Europe’ and launched a public consultation in April 2016; whereas this resolution will provide input to the strategy;
Space strategy and market uptake
1. Encourages the Commission to present a comprehensive, ambitious and forward-looking strategy, ensuring in the short, medium and long term Europe’s leading position in space technologies and services on global markets, ensuring independent access to space for Europe and ensuring a level playing field for the European space industry;
2. Believes that one of the main elements of the strategy should be market uptake of space data, services and applications to maximise the socio-economic benefits of EU space programmes;
3. Calls on the Commission to present a proposal for a clear European space industrial policy as part of the upcoming strategy;
4. Highlights the fact that the future development of EU space programmes should be user-oriented and driven by public, private and scientific users’ needs;
5. Acknowledges the broad range of stakeholders involved in implementing EU space policy, particularly the Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), Copernicus service providers (Eumetsat, the European Environment Agency, the European Maritime Safety Agency, Frontex, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the Joint Research Centre, Mercator Ocean), the Member States and industry; encourages them to further foster their cooperation, namely between the EU and the ESA; calls on the Commission to play a major role in developing the capabilities of European industry to improve data access, market uptake and competitiveness in the worldwide market;
6. Underlines the need for a simplified institutional landscape for EU space activities to facilitate both public and private user uptake; asks the Commission to address this need in its strategy and to propose clear definitions of the roles of the different actors;
7. Stresses the importance of the regional dimension; supports increased involvement of regional and local authorities in successful EU space policy; insists on the need to coordinate local initiatives at national level to avoid duplication between the Commission and Member States;
8. Welcomes the progress made in respect of both space flagship programmes, Galileo and Copernicus; believes that they should be considered as complementary programmes and that further synergies should be encouraged; urges the Commission to respect the timeline and to ensure fast and full operation of space and ground infrastructure and services provided by both flagship programmes; believes that avoiding further delays is key to maintaining the trust of the private sector; reiterates the global market opportunities of European GNSS linked with the extension of EGNOS coverage to south-eastern and eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East;
9. Supports the development of integrated applications using both EGNOS/Galileo and Copernicus;
10. Considers that Copernicus data dissemination is too fragmented and that an EU approach is essential in order for European industry to take advantage thereof; underlines the fact that improved access to Copernicus EO data is a precondition for the development of a strong downstream industry sector; emphasises in particular the need for faster access to large sets of EO data, such as time series;
11. Urges the Commission to ensure that Copernicus data are made available to independent ICT platforms, which would allow the storage, management, processing of and easy access to big data, and would make it easier to integrate data sets from as many sources as possible and bring them to the user; believes that such platforms should:
• aggregate demand, helping to overcome the current fragmentation and create an internal EO data market without the need for regulatory measures;
• guarantee open and non-discriminatory access to users;
• enable industry to provide whatever services they deem fit through the platforms;
• be complementary with other efforts by Member States, the ESA, industry and the Open Science Cloud;
12. Recommends also that the Commission work closely with the Member States and the ESA on the creation of a properly integrated infrastructure system, with appropriate levels of data security;
13. Highlights the fact that, without Galileo-enabled chipsets and receivers, Galileo market uptake will be severely hampered; welcomes, therefore, the amount set aside in the European GNSS budget for the ‘Fundamental Elements’ funding programme, which is managed by the GSA, to support their development; urges the Commission to examine in the mid-term review whether this amount should be increased;
14. Calls on the GSA to continue to work with chipset and receiver manufacturers in order to understand their needs and to provide them with the necessary technical information and specifications to ensure that as much user equipment as possible is compatible with Galileo; believes that industry needs should be incorporated into the programme evolution process so that the system continues to meet market needs; invites the Commission to ensure that Galileo is included by industry as one of the reference constellations for multi-constellation receivers;
15. Recalls that Galileo will have ‘differentiators’, that is, certain advantages not provided by other GNSS constellations, such as open service authentication and the very high precision and reliability of the commercial service; stresses that it is essential for these differentiators to be made available as soon as possible to help ensure that Galileo becomes a reference constellation and that advantages over its competitors can be promoted;
16. Stresses the importance of ensuring that the necessary technical standards are in place to allow space data and services to be used; urges the Commission to set up thematic working groups with Member State experts in order to establish such standards;
17. Considers that public sector activities, including those of entrusted European agencies, should be predictable in order to stimulate private sector investments; believes in the principle that future space services should be mainly provided by, and procured from, commercial enterprises unless there is a good reason not to do so, for example, because of tangible security risks; suggests that the mid-term evaluation of the Copernicus and Galileo regulations should be used to ensure a greater involvement of the private sector in the procurement of services;
18. Urges the Commission, in relation to Copernicus data, to clearly define as soon as possible the role of the core public services (what products they provide within the open and free access policy, the procedures by which new products can be added) and what should be left to the downstream sector; invites the Commission to assess needs for very high resolution EO data for EU internal operational purposes; believes that such data should be procured from European commercial providers in order to put European industry in a strong position allowing it to sell on commercial markets worldwide; urges the Commission also to take measures to facilitate the procurement of space-based services by public authorities, including by encouraging pre-commercial procurement, in particular to support innovative SMEs;
19. Calls for efforts to be stepped up to raise awareness of the potential of European space programmes amongst the public and private sector and end users and to encourage the use of space data in the public sector and in the business community; believes that a user-driven, problem-solving approach, where policy needs are matched with relevant operational satellite-based services, can be effective; recommends that the Commission encourage exchanges of best practices, such as the UK Space for Smarter Government Programme; considers that the Commission can play an important role in compiling public sector needs and helping to generate user demand;
20. Appreciates various awareness-raising activities provided by the Commission, the GSA, the ESA, Copernicus service providers, national space agencies and other stakeholders; highlights as successful examples of best practice the Annual Conferences on European Space Policy, European Space Solutions conferences, Space Days, the European Space Expo, the Galileo Drawing Competition, the European Satellite Navigation Competition and the Copernicus Masters;
21. Believes that more efforts should be made to promote and market the Copernicus programme;
22. Encourages the GSA to continue its efforts in the area of promoting and marketing Galileo and EGNOS and providing information on users’ needs and developments on the satellite navigation market;
23. Considers that the Commission should involve the network of regional Europe Direct centres in the Member States in spreading awareness of the advantages of space data from Copernicus and Galileo and also support public authorities in establishing their needs;
Space in EU policies
24. Recommends that the Commission and the Member States ensure that the infrastructure of the European space programmes and their services are used in related policies and programmes; considers that the Commission should strengthen the links between EU space assets and activities in policy areas such as the internal market, industrial base, jobs, growth, investment, energy, climate, environment, health, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, transport, tourism, the digital single market, regional policy and local planning; believes that there is a huge potential in tackling challenges such as migration, border management and sustainable development;
25. Presses, therefore, for the Commission to carry out a ‘space check’ on all existing and new policy initiatives, to make sure that the best use is made of EU space assets; urges the Commission to review existing EU legislation to assess whether any changes are necessary to stimulate the use of satellite data and services (GNSS, EO, telecommunications), to provide socio-economic and other benefits and to carry out a ‘space check’ of all new legislation;
26. Encourages the Commission to investigate opportunities for deploying European GNSS and Copernicus in the Union’s neighbourhood and development policy and in negotiations on cooperation with non-EU countries and international organisations;
27. Underlines the critical importance of European GNSS data for increased safety and efficient use of intelligent transport and traffic management systems; points to the eCall and digital tachograph regulations, which will help promote the adoption of Galileo and EGNOS; encourages the Commission to address other relevant application areas with benefits for EU citizens’ safety and security such as emergency call/message location; invites the Commission to take legislative measures in this respect to ensure the compatibility of GNSS chipsets with Galileo/EGNOS, in particular in the field of civil aviation and critical infrastructures;
28. Emphasises the fact that space data and services can play an essential role in allowing Europe to take a lead in major technological trends such as the internet of things, smart cities, big data and connected/autonomous vehicles; welcomes in this regard the ‘Declaration of Amsterdam’ highlighting the role of Galileo and EGNOS;
Access to finance and expertise
29. Stresses the need to strengthen funding for development of downstream applications and services and the downstream market in general; invites the Commission, at the time of the next MFF, to examine the desirability of setting aside for this purpose a greater proportion of the EU space budget;
30. Stresses that the EU has a wide range of access to finance opportunities at its disposal to support the downstream space sector (Horizon 2020, ESIF, COSME, EFSI, etc.); urges the Commission to use these instruments in a coordinated and focused manner and, including by facilitating advisory and outreach services; encourages the Commission also to introduce innovative and flexible financing mechanisms and to address the insufficient availability of venture capital; highlights the need to pay particular attention to simplified access to finance for European start-ups, micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises particularly with a view to helping them succeed in the early phases of commercialisation;
31. Urges the Commission to promote the internationalisation of space companies, including SMEs, through better access to finance and adequate support for the European space industry’s competitiveness, and also through dedicated EU action allowing Europe’s independent access to space;
32. Recommends that there should be a stronger link between R&D and support to business development programmes; considers in particular that the innovation potential of Horizon 2020 should be better exploited for the space sector; calls for an appropriate dissemination strategy for the space-related research outcomes of Horizon 2020 to the business community and believes that it is necessary to promote closer collaboration between universities and private companies for developing applications and services;
33. Is convinced that space industry clusters, incubators and similar initiatives help underpin market uptake, stimulate innovation and promote synergies between space and ICT and other sectors of the economy; welcomes the efforts of certain Member States in this field and also the ESA business incubation centres; believes that the Commission should build on those efforts to develop a coherent EU strategy to support space entrepreneurship and develop the means to link these with the wider economy; calls on the Commission to help to correct the geographical imbalance of such activities in which the Central and Eastern European countries are lagging behind; underlines the need to strengthen cooperation and exchange of information and best practices and the sharing of infrastructure capabilities;
34. Considers that the EU and the Member States should, in cooperation with the private sector, step up their efforts to stimulate skills and entrepreneurship and to attract students of technical universities, young scientists and entrepreneurs towards the space sector; believes that this will help to maintain a leading space science capacity and to prevent a brain drain of highly educated and skilled experts to other parts of the world;
35. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission.
The text of the following statement was issued by the U.S.-EU Energy Council.
The seventh United States-European Union Energy Council met today in Washington, D.C., chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete. Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands Sharon Dijksma represented the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Energy Council, a forum on U.S.-EU energy priorities, promotes transparent, open and secure global energy markets; fosters policy and regulatory cooperation on efficient and sustainable energy use; and pursues joint research and development on clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, the Energy Council also constitutes a platform for transatlantic dialogue on how to accelerate the clean energy transition in line with the ambition to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.
Bolstering Energy Security and Markets and Combatting Energy Vulnerabilities
The Council reaffirmed that energy security, through access to reliable, affordable, diversified, efficient and sustainable energy in the United States and Europe, remains a fundamental objective. The Council emphasized it is unacceptable to use energy as a political weapon and underscored its commitment to work together to improve energy diversification in the EU and its neighboring countries, including ensuring adequate market-based alternatives in terms of energy sources, suppliers, transportation routes, and demand-side management. The Council also underlined the importance of ensuring that global energy markets are open, transparent and liquid, and affirmed that enhancing transatlantic regulatory cooperation would help progress towards this goal.
The Council recognized that new supplies and suppliers, combined with diversified supply routes and sources, greater levels of interconnection, increased indigenous energy production, third-party access to gas transmission and storage facilities, access to LNG, as well as energy efficiency measures, will be critical to meeting the EU’s energy security objectives. In this respect, the development and better use of interconnections (including bi-directional), regasification and storage infrastructure is essential. It noted the importance of continuing efforts to swiftly implement EU Projects of Common Interest, particularly in Southeast and Central Eastern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula and the Baltic and Mediterranean regions, including interconnections to peripheral and vulnerable regions, and to complete internal market reforms. The Council also recognized the importance of respecting market needs when designing infrastructure and of open and predictable procedures to facilitate private sector investment and other participation in these projects, including by EU and U.S. companies. With a view to contributing to energy security in the gas market in the EU, the Council concurred that any new infrastructure should entirely comply with the Third Energy Package and other applicable EU legislation as well as with the objectives of the Energy Union. The Council reiterated its strong support for the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor, including the construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and underscored the importance of the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector and the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, in Croatia (with evacuation pipelines), as well as in Greece if there is market demand. The Council recognized that the abovementioned infrastructure improvements would play a critical role in bringing alternative gas supplies into the Southeast and Central European region. The Council also acknowledged the potential of the Iberian Peninsula as an important gas entry point for the EU, as well as the Baltic connector and the Poland-Lithuania gas interconnector, which would bring essential alternative gas supplies to Finland and the Baltic States. In the electricity sector, the Council recognized the importance of fully integrating the Baltic States into the EU’s internal energy market and welcomed the completion of the Lithuania-Poland and Lithuania-Sweden power interconnections in December 2015.
The Council welcomed the lifting of U.S. crude oil export restrictions in 2015 and the commencement of U.S. LNG exports from the Gulf Coast in 2016, as they are important milestones for global energy markets that can also help improve security of supply globally and in Europe. The Council noted that the United States has already approved significant volumes of LNG exports to non-FTA countries and has applications for additional volumes currently under review. The United States is expected to become a significant natural gas exporter before the end of the current decade. The Council recognized the potential of the new gas resources in the Black Sea, the Caspian Basin, North Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean for the energy security of the EU and the wider region. The Council stressed the need to respect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of EU Member States to explore and exploit their natural resources and stands ready to facilitate the development of these resources and corresponding infrastructure, underlining the need to respect international law.
The Council reaffirmed its commitment to the G-7 Principles of Energy Security endorsed by G-7 leaders at the Brussels and Elmau Summits in 2014 and 2015 as well as the commitment to provide energy sector support to Ukraine and other vulnerable countries. The Council stressed the role of Ukraine as an important natural gas transit country to the EU. Ensuring sufficient and diversified fuel supplies, including in the electricity sector, for Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and other vulnerable countries, remains a key priority for the United States and the European Union, and the Council welcomed their efforts to this end. The Council welcomed the close cooperation among the United States, the European Union and Canada to support Ukraine in developing a winter contingency plan, as well as the medium- and long-term efforts to improve Ukraine’s energy security. The Council underlined its support for the continuing reform of Ukraine’s energy sector, and for enhancing and making more transparent the legal, fiscal and policy framework and improving transparency in the context of the progressive integration of Ukraine into the European energy market. The Council noted the importance of Ukraine’s maintaining reform momentum and strengthening the implementation of energy sector reforms in line with its commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and the Energy Community, including those as established with the concurrence of the IMF, World Bank, EBRD and EIB. In particular, the Council supported adjustments in energy prices to move closer to reflecting costs, adoption of legislation creating an independent regulator, an electricity market law, and progress in unbundling its state oil and gas company, Naftogaz, in particular by establishing co-operation between Naftogaz and the European TSOs to develop common standards for the operation of the Ukrainian gas network. These efforts can help encourage the necessary investments that will increase domestic production of both natural gas and renewable energy, enhance Ukraine’s gas storage capacity and address the significant potential for energy efficiency. The Council also acknowledges the EU and U.S. contributions to Ukraine’s energy security by enabling reverse flows of natural gas to Ukraine and welcomes the progress made in the construction of the gas interconnector between Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
The Council recognized the importance of regulatory cooperation to ensure effective market functioning and to realize key infrastructure projects. The Council welcomed the existing regulatory cooperation between the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) concerning the supervision and oversight of the wholesale energy markets. The Council looks forward to further strengthening of regulatory co-operation in areas of mutual interest and the signing of the Administrative Arrangement between the FERC and the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission concerning cooperation and the exchange of information related to the field of wholesale energy market regulation.
The Council took note of the ongoing work to complete the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the opportunity it presents to promote high standards for liberalized global trade and investment. In this context, the Council recognized T-TIP’s potential to foster free trade in energy and low carbon technologies by diminishing trade and investment restrictions, promoting cooperation and regulatory coherence, and enhancing transparency. The Council also recognized the potential for T-TIP to improve cooperation on technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment, while protecting the rights of our respective governments to regulate to ensure secure, viable, efficient, open, and competitive energy markets, and high levels of health, safety and environmental protection.
The Council underlined the importance of nuclear safety and related research around the world, including U.S.-EU cooperation under the existing U.S. DOE-Euratom nuclear research cooperation agreements. The Council commends the close coordination of U.S. and EU authorities on the global promotion of nuclear safety including the recent Nuclear Security Summit and through the G7 initiatives on Chornobyl and Ukraine, among others. The 30-year commemoration of the accident at Chornobyl on April 26 and the upcoming EU activities on nuclear legacies in Central Asia highlight the dedication of the parties to ensuring continuing advances in nuclear safety. In this context, the Council reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion and implementation of the highest levels of standards of nuclear safety as well as independent and effective regulatory practices in third countries with civil nuclear programs and emphasized the role of the IAEA in strengthening international cooperation and information exchange.
The Council recognized the increasing cyber security risks and vulnerabilities to energy infrastructure in the United States and Europe. The Council highlighted U.S.-EU efforts under the G-7 Energy Ministerial to advance cooperation with universities, research institutions and the private sector to promote the development of resilient energy systems capable of effective responses to emerging cyber threats.
The Council noted that the Joint Caribbean-EU Partnership Strategy and the U.S. Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI), and the Caribbean and Central American Energy Security Task Force, as well as work under the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, the Power Africa initiative and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), could serve as productive vehicles for collaboration in support of energy vulnerable regions. This includes meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7 (ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In this context, the Council committed to cooperate in accelerating access to renewable energy in Africa and developing countries in other regions, building on existing work and initiatives with a view to reducing energy poverty, increasing electricity access and mobilizing substantial financial resources from private investors, development finance institutions, and multilateral development banks.
Transformation to a Clean Energy Economy and Achieving Climate Change Objectives
The Council welcomed as a vital breakthrough the adoption of the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015 in Paris, and its signature by more than 170 parties on April 22, 2016 in New York. Recognizing that urgent and effective action is needed to address the threat of climate change, the Council committed to work towards addressing climate change.
The Council underlined the importance of the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement and urged all Parties to the UNFCCC to begin their domestic processes in order to ratify, accept or approve the Paris agreement as soon as possible, stressing the need for inclusiveness in decision-making and the importance for countries to transparently implement their nationally determined contributions.
Acknowledging the role of the High Ambition Coalition in the achievement of the Paris Agreement, the Council determined to continue cooperation commitment and momentum for climate action within this grouping of nations, while also seeking closer cooperation with Parties willing to raise the level of ambition of global climate action. The Council recognized the importance of the ongoing provision and mobilization of finance and technical assistance to those countries most in need, such as that under the Power Africa Initiative and Africa Renewable Energy Initiative, and strongly supports the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, including its focus on mobilizing all stakeholders.
The Council underscored the necessity of close U.S.-EU coordination to implement the commitments made at COP 21 in Paris, and acknowledged the essential role of clean and sustainable energy policies and technologies to meet these commitments. Furthermore, the Council committed to working towards addressing climate change, including by developing and deploying innovative technologies for the transformation of the energy sector by 2050, and to moving toward long-term national low-emission development.
The Council emphasized that the United States and the European Union can learn from each other’s best practices as well as work together to assist other countries in meeting their clean energy and climate targets. The Council recognizes the Clean Energy Ministerial as an important mechanism to facilitate implementation of COP21 commitments through sharing of best practices and coordination between the United States, the European Union and other major economies with forward-leaning clean energy strategies. The Council noted the importance of the second installment of the U.S. Quadrennial Energy Review, which is expected to assess the state of, and consider prospects for, the further development of the U.S. electricity sector in its totality.
The Council stressed that addressing climate change through scaling up clean, safe, secure and sustainable energy and energy efficiency is a critical component of a country’s security and economic development. In this respect, the Council specifically recognized that the creation of the appropriate enabling environment is a priority in both developed and emerging economies. In addition, by helping countries create enabling environments and establish trajectories to meet their clean energy goals, the United States and the European Union are working to generate momentum for the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, and to build confidence that Nationally Determined Contributions can be met and over time, be made more ambitious, in order to make progress toward the long-term goal agreed in Paris. The Council intends to explore the possibilities of cooperation between the DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative and European Commission programs designed to manage the increasing share of renewable energy into the electricity grid.
The Council also emphasized the need for a substantial increase in public-private investment in research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects to accelerate the implementation of low-carbon energy and energy efficiency technologies and clean energy commitments. Recognizing the long-standing energy-research collaboration between the United States and the European Union, the Council welcomed efforts under Mission Innovation and the independent Breakthrough Energy Coalition to accelerate research and innovation in clean energy technology development as a significant outcome of COP21 and a critical enabler of increasing climate ambition over time. The Council committed to the long-term objective of encouraging effective energy policies and actions throughout the global economy, including facilitation of investments and contributions from the private sector. It also welcomed the upcoming signing of a Collaboration Arrangement between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission regarding Research and Development in Energy-Related Fields.
The Council underscored that in order to achieve a sustainable, secure and affordable supply of energy globally, it is necessary to be ambitious in promoting safe and environmentally sound low-carbon technologies. The Council welcomed the energy goal within the catalogue of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The United States and the European Union strongly support universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services, and improvements in energy efficiency within the framework of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 7. The Council noted the importance of market designs and infrastructure adaptations for electricity that are conducive to further integration of renewable energy resources into the grid.
The Council also welcomed the continued sharing of information in the following policy areas: LNG markets, smart grids, indigenous resources and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCS), and noted the success of the joint U.S.-EU Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Interoperability Centers.
The Council sees particular benefits in increased cooperation on energy efficiency, especially for globally traded products with a high energy savings potential. Where appropriate and allowed by law, this could involve alignment of test and measurement procedures, the convergence of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), and joint outreach to other jurisdictions on the benefits and best practices of MEPS and energy labels, making use of relevant existing multilateral cooperation initiatives. This approach has been successfully implemented in the area of e-vehicles and smart grids, aligning priorities of public and private stakeholders to produce an agreed set of test procedures and standards on vehicle to grid communications, for example. The Council recognized the importance of exchanging best practices on energy efficiency in the buildings and transport sectors and intends to promote global commitment and cooperation on these issues in international fora.
Additionally, the Council underlined the importance of G20 countries phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies over the medium term.
Acknowledging the contributions of transport in the generation of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, the Council welcomed the new 21st Century Clean Transportation System initiative of the United States. The Council also underlined its support for efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation and international shipping sectors, in the context of the discussions within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), including for the adoption of a global market based measure to enable carbon neutral growth in international aviation from 2020 at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly meeting in September and the adoption of a global data collection system and continuation of discussions on further action at the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting in October. Highlighting the continued need for action on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the Council also underlined the importance of adopting a Montreal Protocol phasedown amendment in 2016 that will contribute to improved appliance energy efficiency. Given the central role of the transport sector, common standards should be adopted in the medium term order to improve fuel quality, energy efficiency and emissions performance of heavy-duty vehicles, considering also the contribution of alternative fuels (such as natural gas, biomethane and sustainable biofuels).
The Council reiterated the importance of utilizing multilateral institutions to foster international energy cooperation, including the G-7, the G-20, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Energy Charter Treaty, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century and the Clean Energy Ministerial. The Council affirmed the importance of concluding an ambitious WTO Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) by the G-20 Leaders meeting in September in Hangzhou that eliminates tariffs on a broad range of clean energy and environmental technologies. In addition, the Council discussed opportunities for cooperation in promoting clean and sustainable energy in other parts of the world, including mobilizing the long-term investments needed to transition to low-carbon economies. In this context, the Council took note of the work being carried out in the framework of the Clean Energy Ministerial and the Major Economies Forum, and the outcomes of the G-7 Energy Ministerial meeting in Japan on May 1-2, 2016.
The Council acknowledged the importance of research in the energy sector as agreed in the Joint Statement of the Energy Council of December 2014. The Council also acknowledged the importance of research in systems and technologies in the transport sector, as well as in fusion where ITER is a significant multilateral long-term research project. The Council noted the outcome of the Extraordinary ITER Council held in Paris on 27 April 2016.
The Council decided to establish a Climate Change Working Group, alongside the existing working groups on energy security, technology and policy. This working group will seek to increase and improve transatlantic cooperation bilaterally, as well as within multilateral and global settings, with a view to catalyzing and accelerating international efforts for the attainment of climate-related goals, and is mandated by the Council to hold its first meeting before the end of 2016.