New recast Energy Efficiency Directive published in Official Journal

The new EU rules on energy efficiency, adopted earlier this year by the EU institutions, were published in the Official Journal of the EU on 20 September. They will enter into force after 20 days from publication.After the entry into force, EU Member States will have two years to transpose most of the different elements in the Directive into national law.

For example, under the new Directive, EU countries will be required to achieve an average annual energy savings rate of 1.49% from 2024 to 2030, up from the current requirement of 0.8%, driving energy savings in critical sectors like buildings, industry, and transport.



EU institutions and agencies mobilised for the current and future skills needs

On 20 September, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament hosted the second edition of the conference titled “Skills, skills, skills! Skills for people, skills for competitiveness, skills for sustainability”. The event was co-organised together with the European Commission and five EU agencies, including the European Labour Authority (ELA) and the EU Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).Panellists exchanged on the main challenges for the labour market such as the skill and labour shortages, the future skills trends and the green and digital transition. They highlighted the need to have the right skills for a competitive and sustainable Europe and to continue placing this issue on top of the EU political agenda.



EU Transport Ministers sign Declaration on Mobility in Barcelona

On 22 September, the EU Transport Ministers signed the Barcelona Declaration pledging to promote safe, accessible, affordable and equitable mobility for all people and goods.
In the declaration, the ministers emphasise that the establishment of a comprehensive cross-border network of transport infrastructure, mobility and is an essential goal of the EU’s transport policy. As an essential instrument for achieving this goal, the ministers call for the adoption of revised Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy.

Trilogue negotiations on the TEN-T revision are ongoing and an agreement may be reached in December.

The ministers also urged the European Commission to propose a “non-paper” outlining strategy for leveraging transport and mobility to enhance social and territorial cohesion. This includes the development of cross-border public transport services.



European Commission holds Webinar on Life Cycle Emissions of Buildings and EU Taxonomy

The European Commission’s High Level Construction Forum (HLCF) will hold a webinar on life cycle emissions of buildings and the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities on 17 October 2023, from 10:00 to 12:20 CET.You can register to the webinar by filling in the form accessible via the link below.