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Lack of transparency on where EU recovery funds go, auditors warn

The European Court of Auditors has identified weaknesses in the Commission’s assessment of the environmental impact of measures set out in national capitals’ recovery and resilience plans, while... Read more

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Post-covid recovery drives rebound in EU emissions

The EU recorded a 7% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2020, according to the latest estimates from Eurostat.


Romania’s €149m green hydrogen plan praised as step forward

The European Commission has approved €149m in state aid for a Romanian scheme to support the production of renewable hydrogen, but an expert has warned the country has a “long way to go” to develop the sector.

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Commission review of EU recovery funds ‘misleading’, campaigners claim

The European Commission has said member states have spent 40% of the EU’s covid recovery funds on climate action, but analysts and green groups are sceptical.

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Recovery fund: EU countries spending more than required on climate

EU countries are planning to invest more money from the EU covid recovery fund in green projects than anticipated, according to the European Commission.


Aviation sector divided over EU rules on ‘ghost flights’

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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Blog: Physical presence and modal shift

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

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

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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