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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Czech Republic will get easier access to risk capital, thanks to the new EU-backed loan guarantee facilities under Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Two deals signed in late March 2015 by the European Investment Fund (EIF) with Komerční banka and Česká spořitelna will allow the two Czech banks to enter into new loan agreements with SMEs and Small Mid-caps for a total of CZK 6950 million (over €250 million) over the next two years. 
Post date: 30 Apr 2015
Type: News

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS: Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector 
Post date: 18 Apr 2015
Type: Publication

On 17 April 2015, Member States agreed to the Commission's proposal to postpone the phase-out of inefficient "D"-class halogen lamps by two years, to 1 September 2018. The vote was preceded by a thorough review process open to the public, examining the best way forward. Many stakeholders contributed actively to this assessment, such as Members of the European Parliament, Member States authorities, the lighting industry, consumer organisations and environmental Non-Governmental Organisations. 
Post date: 18 Apr 2015
Type: News

Commission Regulation (EU) No 176/2014 of 25 February 2014, amending Regulation (EU) No 1031/2010 in particular to determine the volumes of greenhouse gas emission allowances to be auctioned in 2013-20.  
Post date: 4 Mar 2015
Type: Publication

Commission Staff Working Document: Information provided on the functioning of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the volumes of greenhouse gas emission allowances auctioned and freely allocated and the impact on the surplus of allowances in the period up to 2020.
Post date: 4 Mar 2015
Type: Publication

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) was set up to deliver EU emissions reduction goals in a harmonised and cost- effective manner. While the environmental objective is guaranteed by the cap, the presence of a large surplus reduces the incentives for low-carbon investment and has a negative effect on the cost-efficiency of the system. In short, if not addressed, these imbalances will profoundly affect the ability of the EU ETS to meet the ETS target in future phases in a cost- effective manner.
Post date: 4 Mar 2015
Type: Publication

The European Commission is referring Belgium and Finland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Under this directive, Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for all buildings, ensure the certification of buildings' energy performance and requ
Post date: 22 Apr 2014
Type: News

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.   Learn about the opportunities for funding energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in buildings under Horizon 2020.   This BUILD UP Web Seminar addressed the following:
Post date: 6 Mar 2014
Type: News

Post date: 23 Mag 2013
Type: Publication