As highlighted by Mendez et al. (2013) in late 2012, the European Commission sent a ‘Position Paper’ to each Member State containing the position of the Commission Services on the development the Partnership Agreement (PA) and Operational Programmes (OPs) in each country for the period 2014-2020. The stated purpose of the Position Papers is to provide a framework for dialogue on the new PAs and OPs before the formal negotiations. Each paper sets out the key country-specific challenges and presents the Commission Services’ preliminary views on the main funding priorities for the country concerned for ‘growth-enhancing public expenditure’. Overall, it is emphasized that ensuring environmental sustainability is a key goal for the next years (i.e. Promoting energy efficiency, renewable energies and protecting natural resources; Sustainable and modern transport and network infrastructure).
In 2011 the European Commission presented the ‘Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050’ (EU, 2011). This Roadmap aims at a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27 by at least 80% in 2050 vis-à-vis emissions in 1990. Such an effort appears necessary in order to avoid a temperature increase of more than 2°C which would create severe climate change hazards (Hübler and Löschel).
In this context, the European Commission acts proactively by allocating financial resources supporting novel ideas, studies, research and pilot actions in several sectors aimed at pushing a shift towards a low carbon economy.
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Source: Blog Connecting EU
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