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Commission snubs watchdog's demand for Big Tobacco transparency

The European Commission has snubbed an EU watchdog’s demand for more transparency in the executive’s dealings with Big Tobacco, drawing further criticism from the European Ombudsman. 

Publish minutes of expert meetings, Ombudsman tells Commission

The European Commission should start publishing comprehensive minutes of the meetings of the 830 expert groups the executive uses to inform its policy decisions, an EU watchdog has said.

Europe's answer to GPS three times over budget and 13 years late

Plagued by technical setbacks and delays, the European satellite navigation programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, will come in three times over budget at €13 billion, according to the French Court of Auditors. Our partner La Tribune reports.

CAP could be called in for 'better regulation' scrutiny

SPECIAL REPORT: EXCLUSIVE / Environmental campaigners plan to force changes in the reformed Common Agricultural Policy by using the European Commission’s 'better regulation' procedures to call in the laws for renewed scrutiny.

Cañete confirms Commission climbdown over ‘Modelgate’

The European Commission has climbed down over the ‘Modelgate’ controversy about preliminary research for new energy efficiency laws, with Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete promising EU officials will analyse higher efficiency goals for 2030 than originally planned.

Study: Food packaging can contribute to obesity

Most food products are now packaged in plastic. German researchers have now shown that plasticisers can enter the body, disrupt hormone production, and cause people to gain weight. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU agency launches ‘plain English’ guide to toxic chemicals

A new online guide by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) promises to offer “plain English” information about the hazard profiles of thousands of chemicals, offering a new tool for citizens to hold companies and regulators to account.

French MEP: Stanishev is a ‘problem’ for European Socialists

Guillaume Balas criticised the Juncker Commission, and questioned the role of the Socialists in a grand coalition that promotes the internal market at the expense of social standards, in an interview with EurActiv France

EU-funded earth observation satellite finally in orbit

The Jason-3 satellite has finally been put into Low Earth orbit, after several delays, and will now provide European scientists with essential data regarding the state of the planet’s oceans. EurActiv Italy reports.

EU project hopes to phase out animal-testing

When chemicals are considered too dangerous to be tested on humans, animals have long been the answer to some scientific quandaries. The EU project ToxRisk will act as Europe's flagship for safety assessments that do not require the use of animals. EurActiv Germany reports.

France debates future of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

The French environment agency hopes to further restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. These chemicals, linked to bee colony collapse have been the subject of a European moratorium since 2013. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 14-01-2016

Organic farmers heat up debate over new plant breeding techniques

Organic farmers have raised the alarm over the potential “severe” economic and environmental consequences of new plant breeding techniques for Europe’s farming sector, calling for GMO legislation to apply when approving new seed traits.

EU food safety watchdog hits back at scientists in glyphosate spat

The head of Europe's food safety watchdog has written to a group of nearly 100 senior scientists strongly rejecting their criticisms in an ongoing row about the safety of weed-killer ingredient glyphosate.

Commission officials demotivated by Juncker-Timmermans bottleneck

Jean-Claude Juncker has put the brakes on the Brussels legislative machine, leading many EU officials to develop an alleged “identity crisis”. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Decades-old GMO regulation unfit for 21st century

The European Commission is set to guide the regulatory fate of new biotechnologies crucial to the future of plant breeding. To meet such agricultural challenges, we need a product-oriented, flexible and adjustable regulatory system, write Klaus Ammann and Marcel Kuntz. 
Agriculture & Food 08-01-2016

Commission to decide on new plant breeding techniques within three months

EXCLUSIVE / A legal analysis of whether new plant breeding techniques should fall under EU GMO legislation will be completed by the first quarter of 2016, a European Commission spokesperson has told EurActiv.
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Development Policy 17-12-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: The COP21 decisions at a glance

On 12 December, world governments concluded a historic international agreement to fight global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

EU law ‘woefully inadequate’ for GM insects, Lords say

Britain should challenge "woefully inadequate" European regulations and launch field trials of genetically modified insects designed to wipe out disease-carrying bugs that harm crops and people, lawmakers said on Thursday (16 December).

Scientists, space agencies race to be the first ‘climate cop’

Scientists from the United States, Japan, and China are racing to perfect satellite technology that could one day measure greenhouse gas emissions from space, potentially transforming the winner into the world's first climate cop.

EU chemicals law needs tightening to protect people and nature

Despite advances made since the adoption of the REACH regulation, much more effort is needed to move towards a safer production and use of chemicals, writes Tatiana Santos.

New Circular Economy Package to create fewer jobs than axed bill it replaced

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission's new Circular Economy Package will create 110,000 fewer jobs in the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Italy than the axed bill it has replaced, according to research obtained by EurActiv.

Bill Gates announces the ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’

As COP21 opened in Paris today (30 November), Bill Gates announced the “Breakthrough energy coalition” uniting the efforts of two dozens of other billionaire philanthropists such as Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos to sponsor energy that doesn’t produce carbon.

MEPs block Commission proposal to recycle hormone disrupting plastics

The European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the Commission's plans to allow the recycling of PVC plastics containing DEHP, a hormone disruptor banned in the EU since February 2015. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports

New Circular Economy Package ‘less ambitious’ than axed predecessor

The European Commission’s draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for “better regulation”, has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.