As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prepares to unveil a €300 billion plan to boost investment in the Union, the liberal ALDE and the Socialists in Parliament tabled alternative proposals, stoking controversy amongst themselves.
The EU is not going to change its food safety legislation under the negotiation for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which means that GMOs can be marketed in the EU only once they have been authorized, and beef from the USA would be marketable in Europe only if it is hormone free, Ignacio Garcia Bercero of the European Commission told EurActiv Czech Republic.
A coalition of 140 organisations met with European Parliament representatives on Tuesday (18 November) to ask for a ban on flights operating at night. It also called on legislators to strip the aviation sector of the tax exemptions it currently enjoys.
Economists at the German Institute for Economic Research are calling for old coal-burning facilities to be shut down as soon as possible, indicating that it's the only way Germany will reach its climate target for 2020. EurActiv Germany reports.
Italian Industry Minister Federica Guidi said on Wednesday (19 November) that the South Stream gas pipeline project, which was put in doubt after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, is no longer a priority.
The joint announcement of US and Chinese post-2020 climate targets last week has put valuable momentum behind UN talks to secure a legally binding global target for CO2 emissions, says Todd Stern. But there is no guarantee that Russia will not use the negotiations for political leverage in the Ukraine conflict, he warns.
Drilling for shale gas remains under an unlimited ban, said German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, dismissing media reports of government intentions to soften the fracking ban. But she did not rule out certain "rare" exceptions. EurActiv Germany reports.