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News 12 July 2021

July policy roundup: everything you need to know about the latest news in the climate and energy field

By gathering the most up-to-date energy and climate-related news, policy updates, and events in a weekly document, the EERA Weekly Policy Update represents a comprehensive tool at the service of the EERA community.  

Delivered every week, the Weekly Policy Update provides up-to-date news and information in the sustainable and low-carbon energy field, as well as a list of relevant events, both internal and external. Among the topics covered by the latest editions, there are the new calls launched by the EU Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the recently published Work Programme of Horizon Europe for the years 2021-2022, the new partnership supporting investments for the clean energy transition launched by the EU Commission and Breakthrough Energy, and the start of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council. 

The following are the main takeaways from the recently published editions, divided by major areas:  

European Institutions energy news

  • 'Fit-for-55' Package: On 14 July, the EU Commission has launched the 'Fit-for-55' Package, a set of proposals aiming at making the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport, and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and for reaching climate neutrality by 2050. 
  • Slovenia opens a six-month EU Presidency term: Under the slogan “Together. Resilient. Europe”, Slovenia will strive to facilitate the EU’s recovery and reinforce its resilience, ensuring its autonomy in certain strategic areas, including industrial policy and energy.  
  • The EU Commission and Breakthrough Energy have launched a new partnership supporting investments in climate technologies deemed pivotal for transitioning towards a net-zero economy. 
  • EU Energy Ministers bring forward discussions on TEN-E, Hydrogen, and Renovation Wave files
  • Horizon Europe launches 2021-2022 calls: The EU Commission has unveiled the Work Programme of Horizon Europe for the next two years, setting out the framework for new projects targeting the green and digital transition.  
  • EU Commission launches new calls under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Following the adoption of the Horizon Europe 2021-2022 Work Programme, the EU Commission announced new calls to support researchers’ training, skills and career development under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the EU’s flagship funding programme under Horizon Europe for doctoral education and postdoctoral training. 
  • Calls for EU Missions now open for submission: Three Mission Area actions under the Horizon Europe Missions Work Programme are now open for application. More specifically, the actions relate to the following three mission areas: 1) Adaptation to climate change; 2) Healthy oceans, seas, and waters; and 3) Climate neutral and smart cities. The projects will be selected for funding in a single-stage evaluation. 

International energy news 

Main reports and briefings covered by the EERA Weekly Policy Update