FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE- MEMBERS

  1. Austria: Global 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria
  2. Belgium: Climaxi/Friends of the Earth Belgium (Flanders); Les Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth Bekgium (Wallonia)
  3. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Center for the Environment/ Friends of the Earth Bosnia & Herzegovina
  4. Bulgaria: Za Zemiata/Friends of the Earth Bulgaria
  5. Croatia: Zelena Akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia
  6. Cyprus: Friends of the Earth Cyprus
  7. Czech Republic: Friends of the Earth Czech Republic
  8. Denmark: NOAH/Friends of the Earth Denmark

GREEN 10 ORGANIZATIONS

  1. CEE Bankwatch Network: CEE Bankwatch Network is a coalition of 16 environmental groups from central and eastern Europe monitoring public finance institutions that are responsible for hundreds of billions of investments across the globe.Together with local communities and other NGOs, CEE Bankwatch works to expose the influence of these institutions and provides a counterbalance to their unchecked power.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EU AND NGOs

The European Union accepts NGO involvement in policy- and decision-making as not only a necessity, but as a requirement of the democratic system.  The Commission has formally recognized the contributions NGOs can make through different instruments, such as consultations through Green and White Papers, Communications, advisory committees, business test panels and ad hoc consultations.

CREATION OF AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL SUBSIDIARITY COURT

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling that several articles of the European treaties are incompatible with the Polish constitution has prompted much debate and challenges the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Pro-Europeans see the Polish court’s challenge as an exceptional case which the European Union (EU) cannot ‘tolerate’ because it would lead to the ‘demolition of the EU’s legal order from within’ and argue the EU must take a tough approach to Poland by re-asserting the supremacy of EU law.

IF THE EU WAS A FAMILY: WHO WOULD EACH MEMBER BE ?

  1. Germany would be the father and head of the family everyone has to listen if you don't act as he wants you get punished. On the other side, he actually wants the best for everyone.
  2. France is the mother, she married Germany for his money, favors some of her children but in the end, follows her husband.
  3. Ireland is an aunt who tries to convince everyone she has nothing to do with the UK.

NORD STREAM 2 NEEDS RAPID CERTIFICATION

Prices of gas have jumped more than 170 percent since the beginning of the year. There is an urgent need for a rapid certification of Nord Stream 2 to boost gas deliveries.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE COP 26 ?

As of September 2021, 85 countries and the EU27 had submitted new or updated NDCs, covering around half of global GHG emissions. Some parties, like China and Japan, have proposed new targets but not yet submitted them formally while around 70 parties – including G20 countries like India, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have neither proposed nor communicated a revised NDC target. Several parties have, moreover, submitted new NDCs without increasing ambition.

THE HILL’S ANNUAL LIST OF TOP LOBBYISTS IN WASHINGTON

NET ZERO CLIMATE TARGETS IN EUROPE

LEGISLATED NET ZERO TARGETS

Denmark: Target date: 2050

The government set out plans in 2018 to build a “climate-neutral society” by 2050. Its package included a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and support for electric vehicles. Climate change was a major theme in June 2019 parliamentary elections and the victorious “red bloc” parties enshrined tougher emissions targets in legislation passed six months later.

France; Target date: 2050

TRADE BALANCE AS % OF GDP IN EU COUNTRIES IN 2020

  1. Luxembourg: 38.72
  2. Ireland: 29.97
  3. Netherlands: 10.62
  4. Slovenia: 9.88
  5. Lithuania: 9.65
  6. Malta: 9.61
  7. Czech Rep.: 6.90
  8. Poland: 6.76
  9. Denmark: 6.49
  10. Germany: 5.82
  11. Sweden: 4.38
  12. Austria: 3.77
  13. Italy: 3.66
  14. Hungary: 2.16
  15. Bulgaria: 1.70
  16. Spain: 1.49
  17. Latvia: 1.16
  18. Slovakia: 0.81
  19. Belgium: 0.45
  20. Finland: 0.38
  21. Estonia: 0.14
  22. Portugal: -1.97
  23. France: -2.21
  24. Romania: -4.46
  25. Cyprus: -6.22

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