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European Commission Publishes Benchmark Values for Aviation [viewed]

26 September 2011: The European Commission has published the benchmark values that will be used to allocate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances free of charge to more than 900 aircraft operators with a view to making the aviation sector part of the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS) from 2012.

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Eastern Partnership Summit Discusses Green Economy [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Heads of State or Government and representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, the EU and its member States met in Warsaw, Poland, on 29-30 September 2011, to renew their commitment to the objectives and continued implementation of the Eastern Partnership, including on the green economy, climate change and energy. 

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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EU-Brazil Summit Tackles Climate Change, Energy and Social Dimension of Rio+20 [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Fifth EU-Brazil Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 October 2011. The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, energy and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), among other issues.

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EU Finance Ministers Recommend Progress on Climate Finance [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU, which gathers EU finance ministers, has adopted conclusions on climate finance, in which the Council stresses the need to provide a transparent report on fast-start finance to ensure trust among UNFCCC parties, confirming that the EU will report in Durban on this issue.

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UNFCCC Publishes EU Submission on Support to Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum containing the EU's submission on the support provided to developing country parties and on activities undertaken to strengthen existing, and to establish, national and regional systematic observation and monitoring networks (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.6/Add.1).

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European Commission Launches Online Consultation on Fluorinated Gas Emissions [viewed]

26 September 2011: The European Commission has published a report and launched a public consultation on strengthening EU measures to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases, a group of industrial gases with high global warming potential.

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European Commission, EEA Release Reports on EU Emissions [viewed]

7 October 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission have released a series of reports aimed at providing a comprehensive picture on past and projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU.

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European Commission Unveils Agricultural Policy Reform Proposals [viewed]

12 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2013, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas.

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EU Adopts Negotiating Position for Durban [viewed]

10 October 2011: The Council of environment ministers of the EU adopted conclusions establishing the EU position for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, in which they stress the need to agree on a global and comprehensive legally-binding framework as soon as possible to keep the increase of global temperature below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial level, guaranteeing legal certainty, predictability, reciprocity and comparability.

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