On 20 December 2017, the European Commission published its Recommendation for a Council decision on the opening of the next phase of negotiations with the United Kingdom. Issue 33 of the IIEA Brexit Brief highlights the important points from the Commission document, and notes relevant developments in Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.
The European Council on 15 December 2017 declared that ‘sufficient progress’ had been made in the Brexit negotiations for the talks to move to Phase Two. This phase will focus on the critically important topics of the UK’s transitional arrangements, as well as the framework for the future relationship. Issue 32 of the Brexit Brief describes the latest developments in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as well as reactions from Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU.
On Friday, 8 December 2017, after a night of intensive negotiations, the EU announced that sufficient progress had been made in the UK’s withdrawal negotiations to move to Phase 2 of the negotiations. This blog covers the key negotiating points of the Northern Ireland border and the Good Friday Agreement as presented in the joint report from the negotiators.
The IIEA and ESB hosted Take Charge – Together Towards a Low Carbon Future, a major international conference on a consumer-driven energy future, on 23 November 2017. Over 300 delegates attended and listened to the speakers’ insights on how consumers could be effectively encouraged and engaged in making the vision of a low carbon future a reality. Here are our 10 takeaways.
At the upcoming European Council meeting on 14-15 December, European Heads of State or Government will assess whether sufficient progress has been made to move forward to Phase II of the EU-UK negotiations. Issue 31 of the Brexit Brief describes the latest developments in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and highlights some possible issues for the December Council.
We have witnessed remarkable improvements regarding extreme poverty around the world over the last number of decades. The global extreme poverty rate is down to around ten percent, 9 out of 10 children worldwide get primary education and World Bank data show that around 45 countries have left the Low Income Country category during the last 30 years.