Case green, Mes, wine labels: the 3 dossiers that divide Italy and the EU

Case green, Mes, wine labels: the 3 dossiers that divide Italy and the EU

From 2030, new homes must reduce emissions by 40 percent

The package is part of the “Fit for 55” environmental policy which aims to reduce CO2 by 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 data. From 2030 onwards, new private buildings must begin to “get into compliance” with the objectives environmental issues under the New Green Deal: which in practice means cutting down on harmful emissions for which they are responsible for 40 percent. Concretely, it means that “buildings must consume little energy, be powered as far as possible by renewable sources, and must not emit carbon emissions from fossil fuels on site”, explained Brussels, illustrating the proposed directive.

First EU Parliament vote on green houses postponed to 9 February

Sources close to the dossier reported that the vote in the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy commission (Itre) on the new EU directive for the energy efficiency of buildings has been postponed to 9 February. The MEPs were supposed to express themselves on January 24, but the appointment was postponed to allow for the disposal of the more than 1,500 amendments presented to the European Commission’s proposal.

EU, we are aiming for a directive on green buildings in 6 months

During the press conference with the president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Swedish premier Ulf Kristersson explained that «our priority is to make Europe greener. There are several legislative files which are now being negotiated in the trialogue and our aim is to reach an agreement during the presidency. Among these, the directive on renewable energy and the directive on energy efficiency».

Mes, EU sources: difficult correction before ratification

As for the second dossier, however, its weight is confirmed by the fact that, in order to push (and convince) Italy to ratify the reform of the European Stability Mechanism (MES), its top management (the new director general of the Mechanism, the Luxembourg Pierre Gramegna and his Italian right-hand man, the general secretary Nicola Giammarioli) flew directly to Rome, for a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. But beyond the formal ratification, on which Parliament will express itself, the prime minister is interested in thinking about the substance: it is necessary to “verify possible corrective measures”, together with the other states, to make the Mes “an instrument effectively capable of responding to the needs of the various economies ». In short, after the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the new economic difficulties that followed, the instrument needs to be rethought to adapt it to the new situation.

Towards a new round at the Eurogroup

On Monday 16 January, the issue could once again become highly topical: a meeting of the Eurogroup is scheduled, which will be attended by Economy Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti. The Mes will be on the table. And already, in view of the confrontation, a European official, with respect to the hypothesis of correction to the European Stability Mechanism, has clarified: «I don’t think this discussion can begin before the ratification of the previous one is completed. I understand that the new Italian government will now start the ratification process and we are optimistic that this will lead to two positive results in a timely manner.

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