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The Economic Benefits of the Environment Natura 2000 Network

Synthesis report
Brink, P. ten et al. 2013: The Economic benefits of the Natura 2000 Network. Synthesis Report. Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), GHK, Ecologic Institut, Metroeconomica, EFTEC, Luxembourg. ISBN: 978-92-79-27588-3. The publication is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.Read more

A Framework for Member States to Support Business in Improving its Resource Efficiency

January 2015 to October 2015
Business resource efficiency is seen by the EU as a key to a sustainable future of a competitive European economy. Increasing resource efficiency of business aids to reduce waste, decrease the pressure on the environment, increase the competitiveness of European markets and to create jobs. Besides, increasing resource efficiency can help companies to minimize their costs. The main objective of the project is to assist Member States in improving and fostering policies to support businesses to become more resource efficient. A particular focus is set on SMEs and the manufacturing sector.Read more

Role and Challenges of SMEs in a Green(er) Economy – Transnational Networking as an Opportunity for SMEs

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26 November 2014
Düren
Germany

The contribution of private enterprises and business communities toward the transition to a green economy has often been underestimated. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporate actors work as key players and they have the power to influence and change the socio-economic context and improve the state of the environment. Many SMEs and corporate actors have introduced innovative solutions...Read more

Comments on Investment Protection under CETA

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15 December 2014
Berlin
Germany
Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf testified in the Bundestag on investment protection under CETA on 15 December 2014 (Committee of Economy and Energy). He argued that investment protection in CETA is superfluous because the EU and Canada already provide high levels of investment protection through their national legal systems. His statement is available for download (in German only) or in Bundestag document 18 (9) 300.Read more

Comments on Investment Protection under CETA

Good or bad; new or old?
Is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) the beginning of a new era of investment protection under free trade agreements, one that addresses long standing concerns surrounding investment protection? The answer to these questions is, by and large, no. CETA's investment chapter is not only superfluous but harmful because, among other reasons, it distorts competition at the expense of domestic competitors. The comments of Dr. Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, are available for download.



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The Role of the Local and Regional Authorities in the Implementation of Europe 2020 – Analysis of 2012 National Reform Programmes

December 2011 to June 2012
As part of the European Semester and the monitoring of the Europe 2020 strategy, the Member States (MS) submit their annual National Reform Programmes (NRP), which specify the progress made and action to be undertaken in areas such as employment, research, innovation, energy or social inclusion in order to meet the goals and targets set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy.Read more
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A Mid-term Assessment of Europe 2020 from the Standpoint of EU Cities and Regions

June 2013 to February 2014
Ecologic Institute as part of a Framework Contract with the Committee of the Regions developed regional and national progress indicators for assessing progress towards the Europe 2020 targets. The aggregate regional indicator uses the available data at regional level (NUTS 2) to help identify and assess the development each region has taken with respect to the eight Europe 2020 indicators and their national targets (to the extent that they are available). The calculations reflect the diversity of European regions and Member States as well as the significant economic and social impacts of the economic and financial crises. The EU27 as a whole averages just over 60% of the distance to the EU-wide targets. In contrast, five countries – the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Slovenia – have on average achieved at least 80% of the path to the 2020 targets while five other countries – Luxembourg, Spain, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta – are less than 50% along the way.Read more

Begleitung und Evaluierung der Umsetzung von EU-Versteigerungsverfahren für die Handelsperiode 2013-2020 bzw. 2012-2020 im Luftverkehr aus ökonomischer Perspektive

In this report by Ecologic Institute, the authors analyze the conditions for accessing the main European trading centers for emission allowances. The authors examine possible interactions between the primary and secondary markets and question whether a relationship between the price developments on the primary and the secondary market exists. The comprehensive empirical survey also represents the acquisition channels of German plant operators in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The report is available for download.Read more

An Indicator for Measuring Regional Progress Towards the Europe 2020 Targets

To achieve the Europe 2020 goals the EU installed the European semester, a yearly cycle of European policy coordination. Although it was supposed to effect the national level, it also influenced regional and local developments. Thus economic and fiscal governance in the European Union were boosted. This report presents two concepts for an indicator which measures regional progress.Read more

A Mid-Term Assessment of Europe 2020 from the Standpoint of EU Cities and Regions

This report, written by Ecologic Institute, the Institute for Managing Sustainability, and ICLEI indicates the importance of local and regional authorities (LRAs) to achieve the targets of Europe 2020. Additionally, it includes guidelines and suggestions for a better involvement of the local and regional authorities besides focusing on targets that are more realistic. The report includes desk analysis and broad online consultation to substantiate this document and is available for download. Read more

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