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UFE/Press review of 17/02/17

The four priorities for European research are food, water, health and energy
During a Bill Gates’s Foundation event held on February 16th, European Commissioner for research, Carlos Moedas, confirmed the 4 new priorities of the European Commission to provide research grants after 2020: food, water, health and energy. This new programme is continuity with Horizon 2020, which invested 80 billion euros for Research. The European Commission explained these priorities aim to meet the primary concerns of the European citizens, and foster Member State to seize this opportunity to stimulate R&D in their country.
Politico, February 16th 2017
Eurelectric offers assistance for the Brexit negotiation
In an open letter addressed on February 16th to the Chief negotiator of the European Commission for Brexit, Michel BARNIER, the association of the electricity industry in Europe Eurelectric calls for the preservation of “free and fair trade of electricity over the interconnectors”. Eurelectric underlines that Ireland’s position should be carefully addressed, as the UK is to leave the single market. The association explains that a “long-term arrangement » could help the United Kingdom “to contribute towards an integrated and competitive electricity system across Europe.”
Contexte, February 17th
Poland ignores the warning from the European Commission on air pollution
Following the warning on high-level air pollution in Poland published by the European Commission on February 15th, Polish energy minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski expressed its support for pulverized coal – one of the most polluting heat sources. Coal is actually the first source of air pollution in Poland, whose cities are ranked among the most polluted in the world. On the other hand, the government recently issued legislative proposal to better regulate home heating would mainly aim at halting imports of foreign coal, rather than limiting the environmental impact, NGOs Action Democracy, ClientEarth, the Association for Our City and Greenpeace said.
Politico, February 20th
Peer review to control ageing of nuclear power plants
The European Commission welcomed the approval by the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) for a topical peer review on the “Ageing management of nuclear power plants”. This initiative responds to the revised Nuclear Safety Directive (July 2014), which imposes the implementation of such a review. This additional control only concerns reactors with a power equal to 1 MWth or more, and will essentially target Reactor Pressure Vessels, electrical cables, concealed pipework and concrete containment structures. The peer reviews will take place every 6 years, the first will start during the first half of 2018 and final reports will be published before the end of 2018.
European Commission, February 22nd
To reach its 2020 objectives, the European Commission requires more effort from France
In its country report on France within the framework of the European semester, the European Commission requires more effort from France, especially to roll out renewable energy. With a 14.3%-share in the energy mix, France lags significantly behind its national objective of 16% for 2016. The European Commission requests France to target its efforts in the heating and cooling sector as well as for electricity production.
Contexte, February 23rd

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