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  • A Europe that has your back
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič28 June 2018

    A Europe that has your back

    Earlier this week, I spent three intensive days in the United States, engaged in talks with politicians, businessmen and innovators, high-level academics or other stakeholders. Two observations stand out to me in retrospect – a "me first" atmosphere (probably no surprise there) and a certain duality (for instance, climate action may be absent from political discourse at the federal level, but business and other key actors stay the course).
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  • What can we (still) learn from the Paris Agreement?
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič31 May 2018

    What can we (still) learn from the Paris Agreement?

    Our global order, as we now know it, is very much based on the international institutions which were conceived and carefully built in the aftermath of the Second World War. The United Nations and its various bodies, the European Union and NATO – to mention only those – were created with the purpose of ensuring stability, peace, and prosperity across and between nations.
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  • From dark coal towards a brighter future
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič17 December 2017

    From dark coal towards a brighter future

    The world is changing at an unprecedented pace, one which no generation has ever known before. It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago there were still no tablets, sharing platforms like Uber and Airbnb did not yet exist, nor apps like WhatsApp, Instagram; even Twitter was just invented...!
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  • Batteries are about to recharge our economy
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič13 December 2017

    Batteries are about to recharge our economy

    The global energy transition is a fascinating quest of innovation. We constantly improve the ability to produce energy from renewable sources and increase their share in our grids. Thanks to climate-conscious public opinion in Europe, long-term public policies, and state-of-the art industry, Europe is set to lead this global transition into a clean economy. Next month will see another significant milestone as the Commission will present a major legislative proposal on boosting clean transport.
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  • The fast lane towards sustainable transport
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič16 November 2017

    The fast lane towards sustainable transport

    As hard as it is to believe, the electric car was invented (in Europe) almost 200 years ago. It even became quite popular early into the 20th century but it quickly lost its primacy to the combustion engine which was able to drive longer distances using the newly discovered 'black gold' of the time. It took us many decades to understand that that petrol was more black than golden; that it had tragic ramifications over our air quality and CO2 emissions.
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  • European climate leadership is not (only) about leaders
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič7 September 2017

    European climate leadership is not (only) about leaders

    Over the past years, Europe has become widely recognised as the driving force behind global climate action. This is thanks, first and foremost, to public opinion among European citizens who are highly sensitive the risk of climate change and overwhelmingly demand concrete solutions. Public support has translated into ambitious European climate policies as well as European diplomacy which pushes and promotes a sustainable transition all across the world.
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  • The fast lane towards sustainable transport
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič16 July 2017

    The fast lane towards sustainable transport

    As hard as it is to believe, the electric car was invented (in Europe) almost 200 years ago. It even became quite popular early into the 20th century but it quickly lost its primacy to the combustion engine which was able to drive longer distances using the newly discovered 'black gold' of the time. It took us many decades to understand that that petrol was more black than golden; that it had tragic ramifications over our air quality and CO2 emissions.
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  • New Opportunities for Climate Action
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič8 June 2017

    New Opportunities for Climate Action

    By Maroš Šefčovič & Bertrand Piccard - The effort to combat climate change has overcome a great many challenges. From being ignored, underestimated, or outright denied, to the near global consensus it enjoys today. Challenges remain, but the Paris climate agreement was a landmark. Our direction of travel is now clear and unstoppable.
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  • 'Halftime' for the European Commission
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič3 May 2017

    'Halftime' for the European Commission

    Policy-making does not have a 'beginning' and an 'end'. It is a process which accompanies the natural development of society; it attempts to tackle new challenges, learn from past experience and envision a better future. It is therefore done in iterations in which new policies constantly replace or are added to the old ones.
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  • The global leadership against global warming
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič11 April 2017

    The global leadership against global warming

    When you think of Europe, what is the first image that comes to your mind? Some would associate our continent with democracy, human rights, or peace. But it's often more interesting to hear what others think of us.
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  • My thoughts following my visit to Spain
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič20 March 2017

    My thoughts following my visit to Spain

    The main aim of the Energy Union tour is to compare notes with decision and policy-makers, test the temperature and engage with stakeholders. It is also set up as an opportunity for me to listen and talk to citizens in order to better understand and address their needs, showcasing the best innovative ideas of European minds.
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  • Thoughts from my visit to the United States
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič10 March 2017

    Thoughts from my visit to the United States

    I just concluded my visit to the US and taken off from Washington DC Dulles airport. I spent four intense days in Houston and DC. For the first time I participated in the Texas version of "Energy Davos" and was deeply inspired by the high quality of business leaders. My many meetings gave me the opportunity to highlight how much EU-US economic relationship has developed and the great impact is on jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic. For many of my US interlocutors this was big news.
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  • Thoughts from Davos
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič24 January 2017

    Thoughts from Davos

    It's now been a tradition for leaders to meet once a year in the Swiss alpine town of Davos, to discuss global matters. And yet, this year was different.
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  • Forget everything you knew about geo-localisation
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič16 December 2016

    Forget everything you knew about geo-localisation

    It's hard to imagine life in 2016 without satellite geo-localisation signals. We do not see them but they are serving as the backbone of so many services which have become essential for modern life; pulling out cash from an ATM, using a driving navigation systems, landing a plane, or using any location-based mobile apps.
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  • The future is clean
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič14 November 2016

    The future is clean

    By Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the Europan Commission and Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse
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  • Urban Future
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič21 October 2016

    Urban Future

    The world is changing fast; faster than ever before. This is not only about our use of innovative technologies, the 4th industrial revolution, or the Internet. It is also about the way, we humans, have been organising our communities.
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  • There is Space for Europe
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič6 October 2016

    There is Space for Europe

    This year's World Space Week is a reminder of how we, humans, have always been fascinated by the outer space; especially here in Europe. From Ancient Greece through the Renaissance to today's European Space Agency (ESA), we've always been eager to know more and discover what's out there.
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  • The emerging regional 'powers'
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič30 September 2016

    The emerging regional 'powers'

    We often talk about the energy transition in terms of its sources; from traditional fossil fuels to low-carbon and renewables. But another dramatic change is happening before our eyes in Europe's energy landscape. Sometimes it is intuitive and in other cases requires a political push to materialise: We are witnessing the emergence of blocs of countries whose energy infrastructure and legislation is more and more harmonised.
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  • What if Ukraine exported energy?
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič31 August 2016

    What if Ukraine exported energy?

    Last week on Wednesday, Ukraine has celebrated its Independence Day. It was a special 24th of August as it marked the 25th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine back in 1991. I'm very much looking forward to visiting Kyiv this Friday and to meet with our Ukrainian partners. This visit comes at a difficult time for Ukraine: unfortunately there is an armed conflict ongoing in the East of the country.
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  • Innovation: What makes this race worthwhile
    Published by Maroš Šefčovič7 July 2016

    Innovation: What makes this race worthwhile

    Steve Jobs famously stated that innovation "distinguishes between a leader and follower". I would argue that it also applies in the macro level; it is also what distinguishes between markets which lead the global economy, and those which follow behind. Why? Because it embodies a transition from the old economic model to the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and more importantly: from the linear growth rate to an exponential one. Let me explain.
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