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23/04/2019
Climate Change

Secretariat Paper 17_The Framing of Climate Action in Ireland: Strategic Considerations
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing policy-makers today, and Ireland’s record on climate action is widely accepted as being disappointing. Part of the explanation for this lies in the uncertainty about what action Ireland can and should take, and uncertainty about how acceptable any climate action will be to various groups in society. In this context of uncertainty, how a problem is framed can have a significant impact on subsequent decisions taken to address that problem. This Secretariat paper examines if and how the framing (or reframing) of climate action can lead to more progress in this challenging area.

    The Framing of Climate Action in Ireland: Strategic Considerations

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29/11/2018
Climate Change

Secretariat Paper 16_Multistakeholder Agreements in Climate Governance and Energy Transition: The Dutch Energy Agreement
This Secretariat paper examines national multistakeholder agreements in energy and climate governance. These refer to negotiated agreements setting out national long-term energy and climate objectives which include a range of stakeholders, from social, economic and environmental actors to political parties. The paper focuses in particular on the 2013 Dutch Energy Agreement between the social partners, environmental groups, government and local authorities. Political agreements have been used in other countries, including Sweden and Denmark. The paper explores some of the drivers, characteristics and processes in the development of this Dutch Energy Agreement, with a view to gaining further understanding the potential value of multistakeholder agreements as strategic tools for the low carbon transition.

    Multistakeholder Agreements in Climate Governance and Energy Transition: The Dutch Energy Agreement

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22/11/2018
Climate Change

Secretariat Paper 15_Cost-Benefit Analysis, Environment and Climate Change
All public investment projects in Ireland with a capital value in excess of €20 million are required to be subject to appraisal in the form of either Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) or Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA). The practice and application of policy appraisal has undergone significant change globally, driven in large part by sustainability and climate change considerations. This paper examines key practice issues including discount rates, time horizon, the range of costs and benefits to be appraised and carbon pricing. The paper is mainly concerned with how changes within CBA can make it more appropriate to the context of climate change and transition. However, it also examines the way in which key characteristics of climate transition challenge conventional approaches to CBA and points to the need to explore other analytical and strategic approaches to transition.

    Cost-Benefit Analysis, Environment and Climate Change

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04/10/2017
Labour, Economy and Finance, Others

Diagnosis of the social partners regarding digitisation and collaborative economy – Implementation of the 2017-2018 Interprofessional Agreement – Report No. 107 (Joint report of the National Labour Council and the Central Economic Council)

    Diagnosis of the social partners regarding digitisation and collaborative economy – Implementation of the 2017-2018 Interprofess

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04/10/2017
Labour

Recovery strategy – Trainee schemes – Introduction of a global commitment for employers – Annual evaluation – Report No. 106 (Joint report of the National Labour Council and the Central Economic Council)

    Recovery strategy – Trainee schemes – Introduction of a global commitment for employers – Annual evaluation – Report No. 106 (Jo

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26/09/2017
International Policies

ILO – Report made in addition to the reports made by the Government of Belgium in accordance with article 22 of the Constitution of the International Labour Organization, on the measures which it has taken to give effect to the provisions of conventions t

    ILO – Report made in addition to the reports made by the Government of Belgium in accordance with article 22 of the Constitution

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25/09/2018
Labour, Social Policies

Recovery strategy – Trainee schemes – Introduction of a global commitment for employers – Annual evaluation – Report No. 112 (Joint report of the National Labour Council and the Central Economic Council)

    Recovery strategy – Trainee schemes – Introduction of a global commitment for employers – Annual evaluation – Report No. 112 (Jo

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24/07/2018
International Policies

ILO – 2018 reporting cycle on ratified conventions – Report No. 111

    ILO – 2018 reporting cycle on ratified conventions – Report No. 111

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26/06/2018
Social Policies

Harmonization of the status of blue-collar and white-collar workers – Supplementary pensions – Article 14/4, § 2 of the Supplementary Pensions Law – Evaluation – Report No. 110

    Harmonization of the status of blue-collar and white-collar workers – Supplementary pensions – Article 14/4, § 2 of the Suppleme

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26/06/2018
Labour

Implementation by the Belgian social partners of the European social partners’ Autonomous Framework Agreement on Active Ageing of 8 March 2017 – Report No. 109

    Implementation by the Belgian social partners of the European social partners’ Autonomous Framework Agreement on Active Ageing

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