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Committee on industry, energy and research: press releases

ITRE Press release - Energy / Industry15-03-2017 - 13:55
 

This is a chronological list of press releases on the activities of the Committee on industry, research and energy.


Research and innovation in the Mediterranean area: food and water sustainability up on the agenda

22-03-2017 Committee vote

MEPs in the committee on industry, research and energy approved on Wednesday the negotiation mandate with the Council on the participation of the European Union in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA). (Read more)


A to G energy scale for home appliances: EP/Council strike informal deal

21-03-2017 Interinstitutional agreement

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances should be introduced to keep pace with technological progress, agreed the Parliament’s and Council’s negotiators on Tuesday. (Read more)


Opening up broadband for 5G mobile internet by 2020

15-03-2017 Plenary vote

The 700 MHz band will be made available for wireless broadband by 2020, enabling a shift to 5G mobile internet, under the draft rules voted by Parliament on Wednesday. (Read more)


Energy deals with third countries: MEPs approve rules on EU Commission help 

02-03-2017 Plenary vote

The rules requiring EU member states to inform the EU Commission of their plans to negotiate energy supply deals with third countries before opening negotiations were approved by MEPs on Thursday. This is the first item of Energy Union legislation to be completed. (Read more)


An action plan to create a fit for purpose and outward-looking European Cloud, asked MEPs

16-02-2017 Plenary vote

More standardisation of cloud computing and raising awareness about its benefits should be priorities of the European Commission, said MEPs in a vote on a non-legislative resolution on Thursday, stating that the European Cloud Initiative would encourage “sharing of open data, and developing a trusted, open environment for storing, sharing and reusing scientific data and results”. (Read more)


End of mobile roaming charges: deal on lower wholesale price caps

01-02-2017 Interinstitutional agreement

Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on wholesale price caps on Tuesday evening. Caps are significantly lower than those proposed by the Commission. Wholesale price caps define how much telecoms operators can charge each other for using their networks to carry cross-border “roaming” calls. (Read more)


European Cloud Initiative: a way to attract world leading research

12-01-2017 Committee vote

“Sharing of open data, and developing a trusted, open environment for storing, sharing and reusing scientific data and results” are the benefits of the European Cloud Initiative, said MEPs in the industry committee. (Read more)


5G internet by 2020: Parliament/Council deal

15-12-2016  Interinstitutional agreement

EU member states will make the 700 MHz band available for wireless broadband by 2020, enabling a shift to 5G mobile internet, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed informally on Wednesday evening. (Read more)


Innovative support for the growth potential in the cultural and creative sector

13-12-2016  Plenary vote

The legislative framework should be adapted to the needs of the creative and cultural industries in the digital age, and their financing solutions available in the EU should be combined and diversified, asked MEPs on Tuesday. Cultural and creative industries preserve the traditional savoir - fair and have the potential to create growth and jobs, highlighted the MEPs. (Read more)


Energy agreements: informal deal on more support from the European Commission

07-12-2016 Interinstitutional agreement

On Wednesday afternoon, the negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council reached an informal agreement on the information exchange mechanism about energy supply deals between EU member states and third parties. (Read more)


End of roaming charges: Industry MEPs cap wholesale prices for use of networks

29-11-2016  Committee vote 

Caps on the wholesale prices that telecoms operators charge each other for using their networks to carry cross-border “roaming” calls were agreed by industry MEPs on Tuesday. This brings the abolition of roaming charges for consumers a step closer. (Read more)


Innovative support for the growth potential in the cultural and creative sector, asked MEPs

10-11-2016 Committee vote

The legislative framework should be adapted to the needs of the creative and cultural industries in the digital age, and their financing solutions available in the EU should be combined and diversified, asked MEPs in the culture committee and industry committee on Thursday. Cultural and creative industries preserve the traditional savoir - fair and have the potential to create growth and jobs, highlighted the MEPs. (Read more)


Industry MEPs vote for better access to high-quality mobile internet in the EU

10-11-2016 Committee vote

MEPs in the Industry Committee confirmed on Thursday that Member States should make the 700 MHz band available for wireless broadband by 2020, while allowing flexibility on the deadline for “duly justified reasons”, in their vote on the draft report on a Commission proposal for on the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band, prepared by Patrizia Toia (S&D, IT). (Read more)


Gas: use EU storage capacity efficiently and forge trade partnerships, urge MEPs

25-10-2016 Plenary vote

The EU strategy for liquefied natural gas (LNG) must make energy supplies more secure, cut carbon emissions and deliver affordable prices say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Parliament calls on the EU Commission to aim to reduce the EU’s dependency on gas in the long term by using it more efficiently and gradually phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.(Read more)


Gas: energy MEPs back draft law on emergency supply links between EU countries

13-10-2016 Committee vote

An EU country facing an emergency gas shortage could call on other member states to supply it with gas via “supply corridors” that would link EU countries into seven transnational regions, under a draft law enshrining a “regional solidarity mechanism”, as amended and approved by the Energy Committee on Thursday. The committee also approved a separate draft law that would require member states to notify the EU Commission when they negotiate energy supply deals with third parties. (Read more)


Industrial policy: MEPs call on EU Commission to review rules on mass dismissals

05-10-2016 Plenary vote

The EU Commission should review EU legislation on mass dismissals, in view of plans to close down Caterpillar and Alstom in Belgium, say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution passed on Wednesday. MEPs also call for support measures for ”these workers and their local economies.” (Read more)


Gas storage in the EU: Better use of current capacities, more support for less connected regions, asked MEPs in the energy committee

26-09-2016 Committee vote

“Before supporting new regasification terminals, we need to promote the most efficient use of existing LNG terminals with a cross border perspective”, said the MEPs in the committee on energy when voting on the draft non-legislative resolution dealing with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas storage in the EU. (Read more)


Cooling and heating: more renewables and use of new technologies, ask MEPs

13-09-2016 Plenary vote

Sustainable and cost-efficient solutions, diversification of sources for heating, and the economic effect of renovating and insulating buildings should be the focus for modernising the heating and cooling systems in Europe, said MEPs in their plenary vote on Tuesday. (Read more)


A market-driven European electricity, enhanced regional cooperation and more renewables, ask MEPs

13-09-2016 Plenary vote

The new design of electricity in the EU should “enhance regional cooperation and focus on improved, more decentralised and more flexible markets”, ensuring an electricity supply balanced against distortions, and more integration of renewables on the market, said MEPs in their plenary vote on Tuesday. Their recommendations would feed into the legislative proposals concerning the electricity market to be presented later this year. (Read more)


Cooling and heating: more renewables and consumers’ awareness increase, ask ITRE committee MEPs

12-07-2016 Committee vote

The heating and cooling systems are key for achieving a successful EU energy market, said the MEPs in the committee on industry, research and energy in their vote on Tuesday on a draft resolution, and therefore these area should be modernised as regards the energy sources and the use of new technologies. (Read more)


MEPs call for more ambitious and consumer-focused energy targets beyond 2020

23-06-2016 Plenary vote

The EU's renewable energy target - 20% of total consumption by 2020 - has already been hit by many EU member states. But others lag behind and must do more, MEPs urge in a resolution, voted on Thursday, on the EU Commission's “renewables progress report." To achieve the EU's energy efficiency target - a 20% gain by 2020 – member states need to implement EU legislation faster, and in full, says a second resolution, also voted on Thursday. (Read more)


A market-driven European electricity, enhanced regional cooperation and more renewables, ask ITRE MEPs

14-06-2016 Committee vote

The new design of electricity in the EU should be market-driven, long-term measures to ensure electricity supply should be balanced against distortions, and renewables should be more integrated on the market, said MEPs in the committee on industry, research and energy in their vote on Tuesday. Their recommendations would feed into the legislative proposals concerning the electricity market to be presented later this year. (Read more)


Upgrading EU energy efficiency labelling: Industry MEPs amend draft EU rules

14-06-2016 Committee vote

A clear A to G scale for labelling the energy efficiency of household appliances should replace the proliferating pluses in today's top class (A+, A++, A+++) within 5 years, said Industry, Research and Energy Committee MEPs on Tuesday. The proposal for a new EU regulation aims to ensure that consumers are not misled into thinking that a A class appliance is one of the most efficient on the market, whereas under current rules it may in fact be one of the least efficient. (Read more)


Rail equipment imports: halt unfair competition from non-EU countries, urge MEPs

09-06-2016 Plenary vote

A surge in low-cost EU imports of rail supplies such as engines or signals from non-EU countries, including China, is skewing competitive conditions for EU suppliers, MEPs warned on Thursday, adding that much of this surge is due to strong political and financial support in exporters’ home countries. Parliament calls on the EU Commission to craft "a coherent EU trade strategy, which ensures compliance with the principle of reciprocity, particularly in relation to Japan, China and the USA." (Read more)


Boost consumer power in the energy market, urge MEPs

26-05-2016 Plenary vote

Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, say MEPs in a resolution on a "new energy deal for energy consumers", voted on Thursday. They recommend collective buying, household power generation, better price comparison tools for all and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding text, intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to focus on energy poverty. (Read more)


Boost consumer power in the energy market, urges Industry and Energy Committee

21-04-2016  Committee vote

Consumers should be given more power in the energy market, said Industry and Energy Committee MEPs on Thursday. They recommend schemes such as collective buying, home power generation by households, better price comparison tools for everyone and making it easier to switch energy providers and tariffs. In a non-binding resolution intended as an input to Energy Union legislation to be tabled by the EU Commission, MEPs also call for EU funds for energy efficiency to better focus on energy poverty. (Read more)


A strong European rail supply industry in a fair global competitive environment

08-04-2016 Committee vote

"A fair and level-playing field in global competition and reciprocal market access to avert job losses", digitalisation, an "increasing resource - and energy-efficiency"; and an efficient and innovative use of EU funds, with a focus on the support for SMEs suggested MEPs of the committee on industry, research and energy as tools to support the European Rail Supply Industry (RSI), in their draft motion for resolution voted on Thursday morning. (Read more)


Electricity: MEPs urge all EU countries to interconnect their national grids

15-12-2015 Plenary vote

Fully integrating the EU electricity market could cut bills by at least €2 per MWh, and thus save users up to €40 billion a year by 2030, say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted on Tuesday. But to achieve this, EU countries need to invest €150 billion to interconnect their national grids, they add. (Read more)


Energy Union: integrate markets and link up to buy supplies, urge MEPs

15-12-2015 Plenary vote

The Energy Union must provide EU citizens with secure, sustainable and affordable energy, say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted on Tuesday. Building it will demand concerted efforts by EU countries to reduce their dependence on energy imports, by integrating their energy markets, improving security of supply, making the best use of existing and renewable sources, and moderating demand, they add. (Read more)


Steel industry competitiveness linked to strong environment protection, say MEPs

16-12-2015 Plenary vote

The redesign of the current ETS system, harmonisation of "the state aid-based compensation regime for indirect costs, and the revision of the two regulations on trade defence instruments are crucial for the future competitiveness of the European base metals industry, said MEPs in a non-binding resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs note that "the steel sector is experiencing its most serious peacetime crisis ever". (Read more)


MEPs welcome 10% electricity connection target, but demand evidence-based update

10-11-2015 Committee vote

EU consumers could save 12-40 billion EUR annually by 2030 if EU had a fully integrated internal electricity market, ITRE MEPs said in a non-legislative resolution voted on Tuesday. While recognising the EU target to raise EU interconnection level for electricity to 10 % by 2020, MEPs criticise that this target was not set "on the basis of scientific evidence". As a remedy, the regions should agree on "ambitious and evidence-based" complementary targets before 2030, MEPs say. (Read more)


MEPs want integrated energy market with clear targets & secure supplies

10-11-2015 Committee vote

The industry committee set out its demands for a European energy union in a resolution passed on Tuesday. Among them: compliance with the Commission's recommendation concerning hydraulic fracturing, a voluntary system to collectively purchase energy, and support for the development of Europe's own energy resources. (Read more)

REF. : 20170308IPR65697
Updated: ( 28-03-2017 - 16:35)
 
 
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