2022 January

31 Jan: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

On 13 December 2021, the Council adopted Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/21981.

The Council decided that one person should be added to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures as set out in Annexes II and IV to Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333.

The Candidate Countries North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania2, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and Georgia align themselves with this Council Decision.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.

The European …

31 Jan: Myanmar/Burma: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

One year ago, on 1 February 2021, the military authorities in Myanmar forcibly overthrew the civilian government in blatant violation of the will of the people as expressed in the general elections of 8 November 2020. This act halted the country’s democratic transition with disastrous humanitarian, social, security, economic and human rights consequences. Since the beginning of the crisis, the EU stands unequivocally with the people of Myanmar, continuing to strive for a return to democracy.

The European Union is deeply concerned by the continuing escalation of violence and the evolution towards …

31 Jan: Highlights of the January plenary of the European Committee of the Regions

(Source: European Committee of the Regions)

In case you missed the #CoRplenary:

The EU’s support for a rural revival and €500bn regional investment, delivering cohesion policy, the European Green Deal and the Conference on the Future of Europe were major topics at the two-day plenary of the CoR. The remote plenary also covered the delivery of zero-emissions transport, a debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe, and presentation of a local democracy award to the Mayor of Cologne.

​€500bn of cohesion investments: the Joint Action Plan was signed on January 25 by the President of the European Committee …

31 Jan: Review 01/2022: Energy taxation, carbon pricing and energy subsidies

(Source: European Court of Auditors) 

This report assesses how energy taxes, carbon pricing and energy subsidies fit with EU climate objectives. Energy taxation can support climate efforts, but current tax levels do not reflect the extent to which different energy sources pollute. Renewable energy subsidies have almost quadrupled over 2008-2019, while fossil fuels subsidies have remained stable. Fifteen Member States spend more on fossil fuel than on renewable energy subsidies. In mid-2021, the Commission published a proposal to revise the Energy Taxation Directive. Our report outlines challenges faced by policymakers when updating energy taxation and subsidies policies: ensuring energy taxation …

31 Jan: Kenya: High Representative Josep Borrell deepens bilateral relations

(Source EEAS) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, visited Kenya on 28-29 January 2022.

The visit was an opportunity to deepen bilateral relations through the kick-off of the EU-Kenya Strategic Dialogue, which had been agreed by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and President Uhuru Kenyatta in June 2021. High Representative Borrell and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Raychelle Omamo, signed a Joint Declaration on the Strategic Dialogue, laying the foundations for a long-term partnership based on common interests at bilateral, multilateral and global level. The High Representative and the …