Science & Policymaking

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SusChem 2017 Stakeholder Event interviews

Experts and stakeholders from the European Commission, academia, industry, a research and technology organisation (RTO) and a small and medium enterprise (SME) were interviewed at the SusChem 2017 Stakeholder Event.

Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

European Economic Forecast: Sunny with a chance of uncertainty

EU economies are expected to grow throughout 2018. The upturn is the first time in almost a decade that member states have collectively experienced positive growth.

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The impact of REACH authorisation: costs and benefits
18-11-2016

The impact of REACH authorisation: Costs and benefits

REACH is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.

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A week-long biotech party across Europe

European Biotech Week is back between 26 Sept and 2 Oct this year. Launched in 2013, the initiative offers those involved in biotechnology an annual opportunity to engage on all things biotech from the science within to the often invisible societal benefits without.

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25-11-2015

How to raise our game? New approach to European Industrial Competitiveness

On the occasion of the European SME Week 2015, Austrian MEP Paul Rübig hosted a breakfast briefing in the European Parliament on the 17th November on the “New Approach to European Industrial Competitiveness: SMEs in the Surface Engineering Sector”.

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23-06-2015

Without non-ferrous metals, no energy transition!

The video demonstrates how non-ferrous metals contribute to achieve an energy transition – with three case studies.

Nicolas Hulot: ‘We are committing mass suicide’

Nicolas Hulot, François Hollande's special envoy for the protection of the planet, came to Brussels on 13 May to report on the progress of the negotiations underway ahead of the Paris Climate Conference in December.

Timmermans: Methinks ‘Better Regulation’ is radical

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans was today (19 May) asked if his “Better Regulation” push would be enough to satisfy the United Kingdom.

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27-04-2015

CTO: The Real Green Gold

The incorrect classification of Crude Tall Oil as a residue is a serious threat to the European pine chemical industry. By adopting the ILUC Directive with CTO included in Annex IX, EU decision makers are pulling away the carpet under the feet of an innovative biobased chemical sector. Ultimately the incorrect classification of CTO could lead to significant economic and environmental losses for Europe.

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Agrifood 01-04-2015

Vella: Carcinogenic pesticides ‘have to be addressed’

New research suggesting that pesticides could create cancer among humans should trigger policymakers into action, said Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

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16-03-2015

Endocrine disruption: the view of the chemical industry

Endocrine disruption is an important issue of significant public, political and scientific interest. Even though it can give rise to a very emotional debate, policymakers and authorities should deal with endocrine disruptive substances, as with all chemical substances, via a science- and risk-based regulation. Whether a chemical substance can and will cause harm is a fundamental distinction for both authorities and industry in order to effectively protect people and the environment.

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Economy & Jobs 28-01-2015

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award 2014

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award aims to showcase European Biotech SMEs that have developed an innovative solution to technical, social and environmental problems.  The award is committed to strengthening the biotechnology and innovation arena in Europe while promoting and empowering SMEs to generate novel solutions to unmet needs.

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02-09-2014

Chemicals Safety in the Value Chain

Why do we use chemicals at all? Because they are extremely useful! To put this into perspective, the products of the chemical industry are present in about 95% of manufactured goods. And modern economies simply couldn't function without them.

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01-09-2014

Sustainable chemistry: at the forefront of European innovation

A new video of interviews from the 2014 SusChem Stakeholder event features interviews with Clara de la Torre of the European Commission, Gernot Klotz of Cefic, Peter Nagler from Evonik and Louis Neltner of Solvay.

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09-04-2014

EU experts looking for clarity in EU information

In a workshop held at EURACTIV's headquarters, EU experts gave their thoughts on making the data on EU affairs more accessible and making the process more efficient. 

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Renovate Europe Day 2013 – Highlights

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EDD), which entered into force in December 2012, aims to help Member States achieve the EU climate and energy targets through, among other things, renovation of the existing building stock.

 

It has been estimated that when applied the Directive will stimulate investments and create jobs. If 2050 targets are to be met, the energy demand of the existing EU building stock must be reduced by 80% as compared to 2005 levels.

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Economy & Jobs 29-10-2013

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award 2013

The winner of the 2013 EuropaBio Most Innovative European Biotech SME award has been

announced. PsiOxus Therapeutics won the esteemed award- now in its 4th year- due to their radical research and innovative breakthroughs in meeting societal grand challenges in the field of healthcare.

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Economy & Jobs 23-10-2013

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy 2013

The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB) opened to a record delegation in Brussels at The Square.

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European Risk Summit 2013

The European Risk Summit, hosted in June 2013, has brought renewed focus to the issue of evidence and risk-based rulemaking, and has highlighted the critical role that science plays in policy formation at EU level.

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REACH Review: Re-opening a can of worms?

The review of the REACH regulation published early 2013, is meant to assess the positive and negative impacts of REACH. The review could however lead to a legislative revision in the future. Will REACH be able to create a balance between regulation, competitiveness and innovation?
• Given the costs involved in the REACH process, prices for certain end products could increase. How can industry remain competitive throughout the entire supply chain? What will be the impact on SMEs?

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01-02-2013

Plan Bee: Brussels pitches two-year pesticide ban

The EU has launched a rescue plan for Europe’s dwindling honeybee colonies: a 24-month ban on three widely-used neonicitinoid pesticides that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says pose “high acute risks” to pollinators. 

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Reach authorisation: What impact for industry, SMEs and consumers?

Authorisation, one of the REACH processes for managing risks of substances of very high concern (SVHC), has the ultimate aim of phasing out SVHC of non-essential uses. In order to obtain an authorisation, companies must prove either that the risk to health and the environment is controlled or there are strong socio- economic arguments. After 5 years, it is important to draw some lessons from the efficiency of REACH, whilst at the same time reviewing the Risk Management part of the legislation.

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17-01-2013

Research Commissioner on Horizon 2020

Without more private R&D spending, Spain, Italy and others in the south may continue to lag as national governments and the EU are slashing money earmarked for research and innovation. Critics of government cuts say these risks are creating a vicious circle, discouraging business. 

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10-01-2013

Deterring EU Competition Law Infringements: Are We Using the Right Sanctions?

In a conference organised on 3 December in Brussels, the Tilburg Law & Economics Centre (TILEC) and the Liège Competition Innovation Institute (LCII), prominent academics, regulators and practitioners discussed differing approaches to sanctions in competition law. The high-level full-day conference "Deterring Competition Law Infringements: Are We Using the Right Sanctions" was designed to bring detailed analysis and up-to-date knowledge about emerging trends in optimal deterrence and sanctions.