Aviation sector divided over EU rules on ‘ghost flights’

A plane goes through a water cannon before take off at Munich's Franz-Josef-Strauss international airport. Airlines believe EU rules are forcing them to run too many flights. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The lobby group representing European airports has defended the EU’s current curbs on ‘ghost flights’ after a major carrier said it would run 18,000 “unnecessary” flights to keep its runway slots.

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Fossil fuel subsidies ‘must continue to fall’ amid energy crisis, say OECD and IEA

The recent surge in energy prices “underlines” the need for a greater and accelerated pivot to renewables subsidies from fossil fuels, the OECD and IEA have said.


Sustainable tourism needs financing after covid, says industry

The UN’s World Tourism Organisation’s secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili called for “clear leadership to secure the financing necessary to build a more sustainable future” at a world summit on the future of tourism post-covid held in Barcelona this week.

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Commission trumpets success of first EU green bond sale

The EU is set to lead the world in issuing ‘green’ bonds, budget commissioner Johannes Hahn has said, but the market could be limited by a shortage of genuinely sustainable investments.


Romania plans coal power exit by 2032

The Romanian government has confirmed it will shut down all of its coal power plants by 2032, with the lion’s share to go by 2025, as campaigners warn that investors in dozens of Europe’s coal plants enjoy protection under the controversial Energy Charter Treaty.

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EU to debut green bond sales this year

The EU will issue a first batch of green bonds in October to part fund its multi-billion-euro pandemic recovery plan, the European Commission announced on Tuesday.

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Blog: Physical presence and modal shift

A mural reading 'The Future Is Europe' near Maelbeek metro station in the European quarter of Brussels. The regional government is seeking to ban ICE vehicles entering the city by 2035. Photo: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

The Brussels government has set its sights on big post-pandemic changes to tackle air pollution in the Belgian capital. Could it herald a revolution for the notoriously congested European quarter?

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Blog: Thoughts turn to air quality as Brussels locks down again, MEP campaign takes an unprecedented turn

Social democrat MEP Pierre Larrouturou has taken budget negotiations with member states to an unprecedented new level after starting a hunger strike in the European Parliament. Photo: Pierre Larrouturou / Twitter

With Europe entering a new period of covid restrictions, will we see a return to the clear skies of Lockdown 1.0? And what will it mean for the EU’s packed legislative schedule?


Blog: Trains, not planes and automobiles

Santa Apolinia train station in Lisbon: The unprofitable night train service to Madrid was suspended indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Jorge Mantilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

With the coronavirus pandemic resurging across Europe, and the threat of fresh lockdowns looming, what will it take to keep plans for the European Year of Rail in 2021 on track? Richard Weyndling investigates

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