Climate Policy Roundtable to discuss climate justice in policy preparation

Source: Government of Finland
The Climate Policy Roundtable will hold its 19th meeting on Thursday 8 December.
The main topic of the meeting will be justice in climate actions and plans.
Climate change is a fundamental threat to society, people and the living environment, and combating it requires wide-ranging participation and discussion among private individuals, businesses and other stakeholders.
The key dimensions of climate justice include fundamental and human rights, realisation of the rights of future generations and a just transition, which means that the transition to a low-carbon society should not cause an unreasonable burden to individuals, employees, different population groups, businesses or sectors.
In its meeting, the Climate Policy Roundtable will discuss e.
g.
how the participation and procedures of different stakeholders should be developed in the preparation of climate measures and plans and which target groups should be specifically taken into account and identified during the preparation process.
The Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government states that emission reduction measures will be implemented in a way that is socially and regionally fair and just and that involves all sectors of society.
The new Climate Act entered into force in July 2022.
The objective of the Act is to ensure that Finland will be carbon neutral by 2035 at the latest.
The Act also aims to promote the justice of climate measures: it strengthens the participation of different stakeholders in the preparation of climate policy plans and the way the rights of the Sámi people are taken into account in climate policy.
According to the Climate Act, the Government draws up a Medium-term Climate Policy Plan and a Climate Plan for the Land Use Sector at least every two electoral term.
A Long-term Climate Policy Plan is to be prepared once every 10 years.
 In addition, A Climate and Energy Strategy will be drawn up once during the parliamentary term.
In the preparation of climate plans, more and more attention has been paid to different kinds of participation procedures, besides the traditional consultations.
For example, in connection with the preparation of the Medium-term Climate Policy Plan an extensive public survey was organised, and a citizens’ jury on the justice of climate actions was convened for the first time.
In future, a just transition will be stressed even more in climate policy preparation and decision-making.
When new climate measures are being prepared, it is increasingly important to also focus on the assessment of their impacts in terms of justice and equality, on broad participation and on compensations for any harm caused.
 
The Climate Policy Roundtable brings together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from different sectors of society.
The purpose of the Roundtable is to create a common understanding of how Finland can make a just transition to a carbon neutral society by 2035.
With its work, the Roundtable supports the preparation and implementation of Finland’s national climate policy.
To follow the work of the Roundtable in social media use #ilmastonpyöreäpöytä and #hiilineutraali2035.
InquiriesRiikka Yliluoma
Special Adviser to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
tel.
+358 50 414 1682
[email protected]
Jarmo Muurman
Senior Ministerial Adviser, Secretary-General of the Climate Policy Roundtable
tel.
+358 295 250 185
[email protected]

Climate Policy Roundtable to discuss climate justice in policy preparation

Source: Government of Finland
The Climate Policy Roundtable will hold its 19th meeting on Thursday 8 December.
The main topic of the meeting will be justice in climate actions and plans.
Climate change is a fundamental threat to society, people and the living environment, and combating it requires wide-ranging participation and discussion among private individuals, businesses and other stakeholders.
The key dimensions of climate justice include fundamental and human rights, realisation of the rights of future generations and a just transition, which means that the transition to a low-carbon society should not cause an unreasonable burden to individuals, employees, different population groups, businesses or sectors.
In its meeting, the Climate Policy Roundtable will discuss e.
g.
how the participation and procedures of different stakeholders should be developed in the preparation of climate measures and plans and which target groups should be specifically taken into account and identified during the preparation process.
The Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government states that emission reduction measures will be implemented in a way that is socially and regionally fair and just and that involves all sectors of society.
The new Climate Act entered into force in July 2022.
The objective of the Act is to ensure that Finland will be carbon neutral by 2035 at the latest.
The Act also aims to promote the justice of climate measures: it strengthens the participation of different stakeholders in the preparation of climate policy plans and the way the rights of the Sámi people are taken into account in climate policy.
According to the Climate Act, the Government draws up a Medium-term Climate Policy Plan and a Climate Plan for the Land Use Sector at least every two electoral term.
A Long-term Climate Policy Plan is to be prepared once every 10 years.
 In addition, A Climate and Energy Strategy will be drawn up once during the parliamentary term.
In the preparation of climate plans, more and more attention has been paid to different kinds of participation procedures, besides the traditional consultations.
For example, in connection with the preparation of the Medium-term Climate Policy Plan an extensive public survey was organised, and a citizens’ jury on the justice of climate actions was convened for the first time.
In future, a just transition will be stressed even more in climate policy preparation and decision-making.
When new climate measures are being prepared, it is increasingly important to also focus on the assessment of their impacts in terms of justice and equality, on broad participation and on compensations for any harm caused.
 
The Climate Policy Roundtable brings together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from different sectors of society.
The purpose of the Roundtable is to create a common understanding of how Finland can make a just transition to a carbon neutral society by 2035.
With its work, the Roundtable supports the preparation and implementation of Finland’s national climate policy.
To follow the work of the Roundtable in social media use #ilmastonpyöreäpöytä and #hiilineutraali2035.
InquiriesRiikka Yliluoma
Special Adviser to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
tel.
+358 50 414 1682
[email protected]
Jarmo Muurman
Senior Ministerial Adviser, Secretary-General of the Climate Policy Roundtable
tel.
+358 295 250 185
[email protected]

Baader Bank AG: BaFin ordnet Sicherstellung der ordnungsgemäßen Geschäftsorganisation und zusätzliche Eigenmittelanforderungen an

Source: Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht

Die Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin) hat am 25. Oktober 2022 gegenüber der Baader Bank AG angeordnet, die ordnungsgemäße Geschäftsorganisation nach § 25a Absatz 2 Satz 2 Kreditwesengesetz (KWG) sicherzustellen. Am selben Tag hat die BaFin zudem zusätzliche Eigenmittelanforderungen nach § 10 Absatz 3 Satz 1 in Verbindung mit Absatz 3 Satz 2 Nr. 2 KWG gegenüber der Baader Bank Gruppe als auch der Baader Bank AG als Einzelinstitut angeordnet.

Grund für die Maßnahmen ist ein Verstoß gegen die Anforderungen an eine ordnungsgemäße Geschäftsorganisation im Sinne des § 25a Absatz 1 KWG. Eine Sonderprüfung hatte ergeben, dass die Ordnungsmäßigkeit der Geschäftsorganisation im Sinne des § 25a Absatz 1 KWG nicht in allen geprüften Bereichen gegeben war.

Die Anordnungen ergehen auf Grundlage des § 25a Absatz 2 Satz 2 KWG sowie des § 10 Absatz 3 Satz 1 in Verbindungmit Absatz 3 Satz 2 Nr. 2 KWG. Die Veröffentlichung erfolgt aufgrund des § 60b Absatz 1 KWG.

Die Bescheide sind seit dem 29. November 2022 bzw. dem 5. Dezember 2022 bestandskräftig.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto to visit Washington DC and New York

Source: Government of Finland
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto will visit the United States from 7 to 9 December.
Foreign Minister Haavisto will visit Washington DC from 7 to 8 December.
He will meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
They will discuss the progress of Finland’s NATO membership process and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, among other matters.
In addition to this bilateral meeting, Minister Haavisto and Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström will meet Secretary of State Blinken together.
“It is important that Finland has regular dialogue with the United States on matters concerning European security.
Finland is committed to supporting Ukraine in cooperation with the EU and our partners.
We appreciate all the support the United States has given to Finland’s NATO membership,” Minister Haavisto says.
 
In Washington, Foreign Minister Haavisto will meet representatives of the US administration and US Congress and exchange views on topical foreign and security policy themes with researchers.
In addition, Minister Haavisto will participate in a panel discussion on European security, which is organised by the Aspen Security Forum.
The biannual forum brings together government officials, business executives, academics and journalists to discuss topical questions of foreign and security policy.
Minister Haavisto will visit New York on 9 December, where he will meet UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UN leaders responsible for peacebuilding and humanitarian questions.
One of the topics of the meetings will be the global effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Other themes of discussion will be topical regional matters, such as the situation in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and the Horn of Africa.
 
 InquiriesLaila Clyne, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, tel.
+358 295 350 492
Hanna-Leena Korteniemi, Director, Unit for North America, tel.
+358 295 350 662
Anna Salovaara, Director, Unit for UN and General Global Affairs, tel.
+358 295 350 018
The email addresses of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are in the format [email protected] 

Local government – Chrysoula Zacharopoulou attending the meeting of the National Commission on Decentralized Cooperation (06.12.22)

Source: Republic of France in English
The Republic of France has issued the following statement:

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is traveling to Dijon today to meet with local government officials involved in international solidarity efforts.

She will take part in the meeting of the National Commission on Decentralized Cooperation (CNCD), which is being hosted in Dijon by the government of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, as well as regional international solidarity meetings and the board meeting of Cités Unies France.

The CNCD, whose meeting will be attended by the Ukrainian Ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko, is devoting an item on its agenda to the current and future state of decentralized cooperation in support of Ukraine. A few days before the international conference dedicated to this same subject, which will be held in Paris on December 13, the Minister of State will reiterate the role played by French local governments in providing the local governments and people of Ukraine with concrete solutions to their immediate needs as they face the winter.

Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, 1,700 local governments have made financial contributions to the Local Government External Action Fund (FACECO), thereby enabling the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) to fund important emergency assistance projects in support of Ukraine and its neighboring countries.

Finland sends school busses to Ukraine

Source: Government of Finland
On Wednesday 7 December, Finland sent buses to Ukraine to be used to transport children and young people to school.
This donation is part of the European Commission’s solidarity campaign.
Russia’s war of aggression has effected an estimated 5.
7 million schoolchildren in Ukraine with many schools having been destroyed in bombing.
“Russia has intensified its attacks on civilian targets as winter approaches.
The destruction is extensive, and Ukraine needs many forms of help.
For example, there is a shortage of functioning vehicles in the country.
Finland has also sent Ukraine medicines, healthcare supplies and assistance relating to the energy sector.
We will continue to listen to Ukraine’s requests and provide assistance accordingly.
I would like to thank everyone who has offered their assistance,” says Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen.
Finland will send more busses to Ukraine at the end of the year.
The plan is to send at least 20 busses, the first five of which were sent on Wednesday.
Bus companies Koiviston Auto Oy, Pohjolan Liikenne and Erkki Itkonen Oy are donating the busses.
The donations from companies are a significant part of the material assistance sent from Finland to Ukraine.
“Even in the midst of war, the Ukrainian people are looking to the future.
When the war has been won, Finland can respond to President Zelensky’s request to help Ukraine rebuild its education system.
Until then, daily life must go on despite the war.
The busses that have now been sent to Ukraine are a concrete way to help children and young people get to school,” says Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka.
 
The busses are being provided through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism.
The Ministry of the Interior is coordinating the civilian assistance provided by the Finnish Government to Ukraine.
Finland has provided a wide range of material assistance to Ukraine since FebruarySince the war started in February, Finland has sent 50 truckloads of civilian material assistance to Ukraine and 4 to Moldova.
Finland has also sent 6 fire engines and 13 ambulances to Ukraine.
The monetary value of the civilian material assistance is over four million euros.
Several shipments with a combined value of several million euros are currently being prepared.
 
In addition, Finland has sent experts to Poland, Moldova, Slovakia and the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) to help coordinate the assistance delivered through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism.
The ERCC is coordinating assistance to Ukraine and the neighbouring areas through the Civil Protection Mechanism.
 
Ukraine will need assistance for a long timeThe current aid operation is exceptional, and the need for assistance is expected to continue for a long time.
As a result of intensified attacks in recent weeks, there is a massive need for supplies for the energy sector, in particular.
All of Ukrainian society, from citizens to the authorities maintaining the functions of society, will continue to need various kinds of material assistance.
Ukraine currently needs medicines, first aid supplies, shelters, water purification tablets, mine clearance equipment, CBRN protective and counter-measure materials, back-up generators and fuels.
The needs continue to change.
 
The Ministry of the Interior is coordinating donations by businesses and public administration.
The most effective way for private individuals to help is by donating money to aid organisations.
Donated items and supplies are delivered to those in need of assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and in cooperation with the responsible authorities in Ukraine.
Assistance provided through the Civil Protection Mechanism is coordinated by the European Commission.
This will ensure that donations can be monitored and that they reach their destination.
Inquiries:
Pekka Tiainen, Senior Specialist, tel.
+358 295 323 488 227, [email protected] 
Mikko Jalo, Special Adviser to the Minister of the Interior, tel.
+358 50 304 8522, [email protected] (requests for interviews with the Minister of the Interior)
Antti Malste, Special Adviser, tel.
+358 50 400 1628, [email protected] (requests for interviews with the Minister of Transport and Communications)

Official speeches and statements – December 6, 2022

Source: France-Diplomatie – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Published on December 6, 2022

1. Belarus – Support for Maria Kalesnikava – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs spokesperson (Paris, 06/12/2022)

France is deeply concerned about the health and detention conditions of Ms Maria Kalesnikava, winner of the 2020 Sakharov Prize and 2021 Václav Havel Prize, who was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in Belarus on 6 September 2021. Maria Kalesnikava must receive appropriate medical care and continue to be defended by her lawyers.

France asks the Belarusian authorities to release unconditionally and immediately all those arbitrarily detained in Belarus, and condemns the Belarusian authorities’ continued crackdown on its people.

France stands alongside human rights defenders worldwide, particularly through the Marianne Initiative. So the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs met the laureates of the programme’s 2022 cohort today, including Tatsiana Khomich, sister of Maria Kalesnikava, to whom she reiterated France’s full support./.


2. Environment – France will host negotiations on the elimination of plastic pollution in 2023 – Joint communiqué issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion (Paris, 06/12/2022)

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Minister for the Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion welcome the work embarked on during the first session of intergovernmental negotiations with a view to a future treaty on the elimination of plastic pollution. They confirm that France will host a second session of negotiations at the end of May 2023.

The first session of the intergovernmental committee for negotiating a treaty on the elimination of plastic pollution drew to a close in Punta del Este (Uruguay) on 2 December. The session brought together nearly 1,400 people, including representatives of more than 160 States and around 850 members of civil society.

The session provided an opportunity for States to specify their ambitions for the future agreement, which must be set as high as possible. The European Union and France have pressed the case for the adoption of a treaty covering the whole life cycle of plastics, with efforts to reduce, eliminate and ban plastics and problematic substances (additives and chemical products), including microplastics and single-use plastic.

France will host the next session of negotiations in Paris at the end of May 2023./.


3. European Union – Russian oil : EU agrees on level of price cap – Press release issued by the Council of the European Union (Brussels, 03/12/2022)

The Council decided today to set an oil price cap for crude oil and petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals (CN code 2709 00) which originate in or are exported from Russia, at USD 60 per barrel.

The level of the cap was established in close cooperation with the Price Cap Coalition and will become applicable as of 5 December 2022.

The price cap on Russian oil will limit price surges driven by extraordinary market conditions and drastically reduce the revenues Russia has earned from oil after it unleashed its illegal war of aggression against Ukraine. It will also serve to stabilise global energy prices while mitigating adverse consequences on energy supply to third countries.

On 6 October 2022, the Council adopted a decision prohibiting the maritime transport of Russian crude oil (as of 5 December 2022) and petroleum products (as of 5 February 2023) to third countries, and the related provision of technical assistance, brokering services or financing or financial assistance.

The Council decision also introduced an exemption from the above-mentioned prohibitions for crude oil or petroleum products which originate in or are exported from Russia, and are purchased at or below a pre-established price cap agreed by the Price Cap Coalition.

Today’s decision sets the level at which the exemption apply, and introduces a transition period of 45 days for vessels carrying crude oil originating in Russia, purchased and loaded onto the vessel prior to 5 December 2022 and unloaded at the final port of destination prior to 19 January 2023. As the price cap may be periodically reviewed to adapt to the market situation, today’s decision also sets a transition period of 90 days after every change in the price cap, to ensure coherent implementation of the price cap by all operators.

The functioning of the price cap mechanism will be reviewed every two months to respond to developments in the market, and will be set at least 5% below the average market price for Russian oil and petroleum products, calculated on the basis of data provided by the International Energy Agency.

The Council also introduced an “emergency clause” which allows the transport of oil beyond the price cap or the provision of technical assistance, brokering services or financing or financial assistance related to the transport, when these are necessary for the urgent prevention or mitigation of an event likely to have a serious and significant impact on human health and safety or the environment, or as a response to natural disasters.

In the face of Russia’s war of aggression, the EU stands resolutely with Ukraine and its people, and is unwavering in its support of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders./.

(Source: Council of the European Union website)

Newsletters – December 2022 – Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Source: European Parliament

Vice-President Pavlova pledges EIB Global support for the energy crisis at the EU Western Balkans Summit

Source: European Investment Bank

  • EIB Global plans to play a key role in the rollout of the EU energy support package for the Western Balkans.
  • Vice-President Pavlova also underlined the importance of combining EIB loans and EU grants for new regional projects in sustainable transport, environment, healthcare and education.
  • The EU bank intends to deploy more experts on the ground and step up advisory support to implement the Economic and Investment Plan.

At the EU Western Balkans Summit held in Tirana, Albania, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Lilyana Pavlova pledged support to the region to cope with urgent short-term needs stemming from Russia’s war in Ukraine. This support will come from EIB Global, the arm of the Bank focused on operations outside the European Union, in the form of new projects that it plans to finance in the region to deploy clean energy, expand electricity networks and storage infrastructure, and help the private sector implement energy efficiency measures. She confirmed that the Bank is fully aligned with the €1 billion energy support package announced by the European Commission and plans to play a key role in its implementation.

“We are happy to see that the package contains assistance to improve energy sector policy and the related legislative and institutional framework. This will help EIB Global and our local partners roll out investments in infrastructure or provide financing to the private sector more quickly,” said Vice-President Pavlova.

In addition to support in the energy field, the EU bank will enhance its comprehensive mix of lending, blending and advisory services and deploy more experts on the ground to support connectivity, the green and digital transition, education and healthcare. Promoting the growth, digitalisation and decarbonisation of the private sector will also be a priority for the Bank. As part of this, the European Investment Fund (EIF), a subsidiary of the EIB Group, has launched the Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) Guarantee 4 SME Resilience, which aims to respond to the economic difficulties by increasing access to finance for some 4 000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.

The Vice-President also spoke about the EU grants recently approved by the Western Balkans Investment Framework: “These grants are helping us to move ahead with important railway connectivity projects in North Macedonia and Serbia, as well as investments in the education sector in Montenegro. Here in Albania, we are undertaking preparatory work to transform Tirana into a green and sustainable city and look forward to working with the government, the European Commission and our colleagues at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on important railway investments.”

As already announced, EIB Global is also working on the development of new renewable energy projects, such as a solar plant in Kosovo* and wind farms in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bank will be actively assisting the private sector to finance energy efficiency measures and investments to accelerate the green transition.

Background information

About EIB Global:

EIB Global is the EIB Group’s specialised arm dedicated to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance.  EIB Global is designed to foster strong, focused partnership within Team Europe, alongside fellow development finance institutions, and civil society. EIB Global brings the Group closer to local people, companies and institutions through our offices across the world

https://twitter.com/EIBGlobal

https://www.linkedin.com/company/eib-global/

About the EIB in the Western Balkans:

The EIB is a leading international financier in the Western Balkans. Since 2009, the Bank has financed projects totalling almost €9.5 billion in the region. In addition to its continued support for the reconstruction and upgrade of public infrastructure, since 2010 the EIB has expanded into many new areas, such as healthcare, research and development, education and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). For detailed information on EIB activities in the Western Balkans, please visit the following website: www.eib.org/en/publications/the-eib-in-the-western-balkans

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 (1999) and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Written question – Increased gas exports from Russia to Azerbaijan – P-003854/2022

Source: European Parliament

28.11.2022

Priority question for written answer  P-003854/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Peter van Dalen (PPE)

There are reports that Gazprom in Russia has recently concluded a new contract with SOCAR in Azerbaijan for the delivery of one billion cubic metres of gas between November 2022 and March 2023[1]. The gas is said to be intended for the domestic market in Azerbaijan, given its own gas needs, including for increased exports to the EU, as agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by President Aliyev and Commission President von der Leyen on 18 July 2022.

  • 1.Does the Commission agree that the aim of the MoU, which is to reduce European dependence on Russian gas, is seriously undermined by increased gas exports from Russia to Azerbaijan?
  • 2.How will the Commission provide a cast-iron guarantee that the MoU does not indirectly encourage Russian gas exports?
  • 3.How does the Commission justify the gas agreement with Azerbaijan, bearing in mind that the country can only meet a small proportion of European gas demand, while the conflict with Armenia and the human rights situation in Azerbaijan make it clear that the country does not share European values and therefore cannot be viewed as a reliable partner?

Submitted: 28.11.2022

  • [1] https://eurasianet.org/azerbaijans-russian-gas-deal-raises-uncomfortable-questions-for-europe, https://www.intellinews.com/relaunch-of-russian-gas-supplies-to-azerbaijan-raises-questions-about-baku-brussels-deal-263151/, https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/russias-gazprom-starts-gas-shipments-to-azerbaijan/2742137
Last updated: 6 December 2022