Financial programmes like CIP, LIFE+, INTERREG IV, FP7 and RSFF are specially earmarked for the implementation of energy and environmental projects. The continual changes taking place in this area pose new challenges in implementation, particularly for institutions at the municipal level, for example in sustainable development and energy market liberalisation.
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The European Union’s State aid rules in the field of energy and environment differ significantly from State aid rules in other areas. Due to the complexity of the rules, many practitioners still find their correct implementation challenging.
Energy projects are at the centre of attention in the current programming period 2014-2020. Projects in the fields of energy efficiency (EE), renewable energies (RE) and CO2 reduction have a special focus due to their importance in reaching the Europe 2020 goals.
The ESI Funds 2014-2020 offer the possibility to support an operation comprising a series of works, activities or services of a precise economic or technical nature (for which the total eligible costs exceed 50 million Euro) as well as operations contributing to one thematic objective (where the total eligible costs exceed 75 million Euro) such as transport, water, waste and energy projects.
Until the 1st January 2015 the Member States have to establish systems of separate collection for recyclable materials like glass, metal, paper and plastic according to the EU Regulation 2008/98, if they do not want to face the harsh consequences of an infringement process from the European Union.