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European Energy Union: Living up to its name?

27 Mar 2015

On Thursday, 19 March 2015, the European Council of Heads and State and Government met to discuss the European Commission’s proposals for an ‘Energy Union’. The President of the Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, has identified the reform and reorganisation of Europe’s energy policy as one of his major priorities. He even created a new position, that of Vice President for Energy Union, to make this reform a reality. In this new role, Maros Sefcovic has maintained a high-profile approach,announcing that Energy Union “is undoubtedly the most ambitious European project since the foundation of the coal and steel community”.

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A Climate-Smart Island: Developing a Coherent Irish Response to the Climate and Food Security Challenges

24 Mar 2015

We are a food producing island. Last year our food and drink exports amounted to €10.5 billion, which is €200 million a week. The largest contributor to this was the dairy and ingredient sector at €3b. And this sector has ambitions to increase this figure significantly in the coming years.

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Civilian Drone Regulation, Ready for Take-Off?

19 Dec 2014

The market for privately owned and operated drones is expanding. This blog examines the regulatory role the European Commission will play in integrating civilian drones into European airspace.

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Report on the study visit of the IIEA Germany Group to Berlin

18 Dec 2014

This report presents the findings of the study trip to Berlin undertaken by the IIEA Germany Group in November 2014.

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The Lima Call to Climate Action and the role of national pledges

15 Dec 2014

The key to interpreting the Lima Call to Action is understanding national mitigation pledges (called INDCs), and their central role in ongoing negotiations. The Lima outcome brought quite a bit of clarity to these pledges, but also highlighted key differences between major countries and challenges to be overcome. 

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IIEA Corporate Tax Conference in the News

05 Dec 2014

The IIEA/KPMG conference on Taxation, which took place this week in the Mansion House on 3 December presented a whole range of perspectives on these topics, which have become the centre of attention since the OECD initiated the BEPS programme, in July 2013, which aims to shift the global goalposts for taxation and to provide governments with instruments to prevent corporates and multinational companies from misusing the rules by engaging in BEPS practices. 

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Fibre to the Building (FTTB) - Power to the People

20 Nov 2014

The third and final animation in the IIEA’s/ESB ‘Power to the People’ series focuses on the arrival of end-to-end fibre optic broadband in Ireland. In July 2014, ESB and Vodafone announced a joint venture which would utilise the existing electricity infrastructure to deliver 100 per cent fibre broadband to up to 500,000 homes and businesses throughout Ireland. The delivery of fibre optic cables directly to the building (FTTB) means that many Irish users, particularly outside of Dublin, who had previously lacked high-speed connections will now have access to speeds from 200-1000 Mbps.

 

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The EU’s role in international climate policy: is it pushing hard enough?

18 Nov 2014

The next 12 months will be crucial for climate protection. The international community is gearing up for a major climate conference in Lima next month, with a view to agreeing a global deal by December 2015 in Paris. EU leadership is vital for a positive outcome. 

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Web Summit Report: Disruption, New Partnerships and Europe’s Technology Market

06 Nov 2014

Disruption of traditional industry models, new partnerships and the outlook for the technology sector as a whole were key topics of discussion at the Web Summit yesterday.

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