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Release of the report on the capacity building workshop of the EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester
Brussels, December 2014
GBE as member of the Steering Committee of the EU Alliance co-organised a very successful capacity building workshop in June 2014. The report on this workshop has now been released and can be read here.
Hearing on „Strengthening the legitimacy of the European Semester to get smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - Giving a Voice to Civil Society proposals for Europe 2020"
Brussels, 3 December 2014
GBE as member of the Steering Committee of the "EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester" co-organised a hearing, hosted by Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA) and Marian Harkin (ALDE), to discuss the European Semester with the new European Parliament and European Commissioners. Please find more information here.
European Environmental Bureau, Annual Conference
Brussels, Belgium, 1-2 December 2014
The EEB 40th anniversary conference looked at Europe at the crossroads: The challenge of environmental sustainability. Jacqueline Cottrell (GBE) contributed to a panel on "economy and environment", focussing on opportunities for change in the coming years and discussing possible strategies and messages to improve understanding and communication of EFR issues.
Congreso Nacional de Madio Ambiente (CONAMA)
Madrid, Spain, 27 November 2014
Eike Meyer (GBE) contributed to a thematic session on environmental taxation at the largest conference on environmental policy in Spain. Together with MPs, policy-makers and academic experts, he discussed benefits and obstacles of an environmental tax reform in Spain. At the end of the session, participants adopted a consensual declaration in favour of environmental taxation measures. Here, you can read an interview with Eike Meyer on the experiences with EFR in other countries and its potential for Spain (in Spanish).
Green Budget Europe Annual Conference: "Recovery, Jobs and Sustainable Prosperity. A New Agenda for Green Fiscal Reform in Europe"
Brussels, 5 November 2014
Green Budget Europe's Annual Conference took place on November 5th in the Permanent Representation of Norway to the EU in Brussels. For more information on that day, please visit the event website.
Green Budget Europe Founding Meeting
Brussels, 4 November 2014
GBE has officially been established as an independent NGO based in Brussels. If you are interested in becoming a member and joining us, please visit our website for more information.
Public Consultation on the Europe2020 strategy
Brussels, 31 October 2014
In the context of the mid-term review of the Europe2020 strategy by the European Commission, GBE participated in the public consultation and argues why Environmental Fiscal Reform needs to be promoted more strongly through the European Semester. Read the full answer to the public consultation here.
Release of the report "Let's make the European Semester smart, sustainable and inclusive"
Brussels, October 2014
GBE, as member of the EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester, assessed the content and process of the European Semester in 2014, in the context of the Mid-Term Review of Europe 2020 and its governance processes. The final report can be assessed here.
Release of the European Semester Alliance Toolkit
Brussels, October 2014
The EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester has published a toolkit for national stakeholders to engage with the European Semester on the national level.
Border Carbon Adjustments Workshop
Brussels, 7 October 2014
GBE, together with Vivid Economics, hosted an expert seminar to explore and discuss the possibilities of Border Carbon Adjustments (BCAs) as an alternative to the current system of free allowances in the ETS. Stakeholders from industry, academics, NGOs and the OECD and IEA participated. For more information, please click here.
Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
Copenhagen, Denmark, 24-26 September 2014
GBE was co-sponsor of the Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, held this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. The GBE team presented its research findings from the FRE-Communicate project, including investigations into communication and political acceptance of Environmental Fiscal Reform, and analysis of political opportunities for reform through the European Semester process in two of the project target countries, Spain and Germany. Professor Paul Ekins of University College London presented the preliminary findings of a report commissioned by GBE and due to be published in the coming months. To read more about the conference, click here.
Constanze Adolf publishes Article in International Tax Review
Brussels, September 2014
Constanze Adolf, director of the Brussels Office GBE, published an article on "Environmental Fiscal Reform: Windows of Opportunity" in the International Tax Review.
Open Letter to Commission President Juncker
Brussels, 11 September 2014
The Green10, ten of the largest environmental organisations and networks active on the European level, wrote an open letter to Commission President Juncker, concerning the sidelining of the environmental portfolio in the new Commission.
Question for the designated Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
Brussels, 5 September 2014
GBE has sent a question to Mr. Gualtieri, Chair of the ECON Committee in the European Parliament, to be asked to the designated Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Informal Joint Meeting of EU Environment and Labour Ministers
Milan, Italy, 17 July 2014
Dr. Anselm Görres, President of GBE, spoke at the first ever joint informal meeting of Ministers of Environment and Labour on opportunities created by a transition to a green economy. To see the conclusions of this meeting, click here.
GBE publishes Special Edition of its Newsletter
Brussels, July 2014
Have a look at the Special Edition of Green Budget News on the European Elections.
Semester Alliance drafts Question to the Candidate President of the European Commission
Brussels, 7 July 2014
Barbara Helfferich, chair of the EU Semester Alliance, wrote a question to the future President of the European Commission on increased democratic legitimacy and engagement in the European Semester.
GBE at a poster session at the 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists - WCERE
Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June - 2 July 2014
Aldo Ravazzi, GBE Vice-President, presented a poster on behalf of Jacqueline Cottrell entitled "Exploring ways to boost public acceptance and support of green taxes" at the 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. It was based on research findings from GBE's FRE-Communicate project.
GBE at the European Sustainable Energy Week Panel Discussion
Brussels, 25 June 2014
In the context of the European Sustainable Energy week 2014, GBE contributed to a panel discussion on the question "Is Europe sufficiently exploring the opportunity of an Environmental Fiscal Reform?"
Jacqueline Cottrell contributes to new publication
Cheltenham, UK, June 2014
Jacqueline Cottrell, Senior Policy Advisor at GBE, contributed a chapter on the political economy of subsidy reform, focusing on drivers for change, in "Paying the polluter: Environmentally harmful subsidies and their reform", edited by Frans Oosterhuis and Patrick ten Brinck (Edward Elgar 2014).
Environmental Fiscal Reform, Growth, and Employment in the Context of the Spanish Debate on Tax Reform
Madrid, Spain, 12 June 2014
This panel debate was organised in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. See further information here.
European Semester - Capacity Building Workshop
Brussels, 6 June 2014
GBE, as part of the Steering Committee of the European Semester Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester, co-organised a 1-day Capacity Building workshop for 35 Alliance members in Brussels which several participants considered a "very useful, dynamic and powerful day". GBE Vice-President András Lukács presented best practice examples from Hungary. Read more.
Environmental Tax Reform in Times of Economic Crisis - GBE co-organised a series of high-level EFR events in Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus, 5-6 of June 2014
Cyprus, a Eurozone country, is currently faced with not only a serious financial and fiscal crisis, but also with several environmental problems notably energy-related ones. GBE co-organised a number of high-level meetings to discuss opportunities for an enhanced EFR agenda for Cyprus within its GBE-project. Please find more information here.
EFR Training in Mauritius
Mauritius, 12-16 May 2014
Jacqueline Cottrell and Kai Schlegelmilch developed a concept for and facilitated a 5-day capacity building workshop on Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy (FFRE) transition policies in Mauritius for UNOSD. Participants from Indian Ocean and African small island developing states (SIDS) came together in the "UN Year of the SIDS" to discuss ways of achieving energy independence and promoting energy transition in their countries. More information is available on the UNOSD website.
GBE publishes Spring Newsletter
Brussels, April 2014
Have a look at the Spring Newsletter of GBE, containing additional information on GBE activities and interesting articles.
European Semester Alliance Launch and Hearing
Brussels, 7 April 2014
On 7 April 2014, the new EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester was launched at the European Economic and Social Committee. GBE is part of the Alliance, which brings together environmental, social and equality NGOs and trade unions.
GBE consulted as an expert by ECSC
Brussels, 25 March 2014
GBE was consulted as an expert for an opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the market-based instruments towards a resource-efficient and low carbon economy in the EU.
Hans Eichel calls on the European Council to make use of the European Semester
Kassel, 20 March 2014
Hans Eichel wrote a letter to "Make use of the European Semester. Input to the European Council, 20-21 March 2014". It is directed at the Heads of State and Government and the President of the European Council.
Spanish Stakeholders call for EFR in Spain
Brussels, 13 March 2014
Our Spanish partners have published a manifesto to enhance Environmental Fiscal Reform in Spain (in Spanish).
Release Report on TTIP
Brussels, 10 March 2014
GBE, in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, released a report entitled "TTIP and Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Using international policy processes as entry points for reform in the EU and the USA".
Country Specific Recommendations
Brussels, March 2014
GBE, EEB and CEE Bankwatch developed Country Specific Recommendations for a greening of the EU economy within the process of the European Semester for 18 Member States.
GBE writes letter to Sharon Bowles
Brussels, 17 January 2014
GBE sends letter on the Fiscal consolidation, structural reforms and carbon taxation at the European Parliamentary Week to Sharon Bowles, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Green Budget Europe regularly publishes the Green Budget News providing information on the latest developments related to Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR) and Marked-Based Instruments (MBI). Please find all published editions for download here.