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27/07/2016

Energy Union governance to include building renovation reporting

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Development Policy 25-07-2016

Mass killing of elephants: Will the EU go on turning a blind eye?

Every year, 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks according to Fondation Franz Weber, a Swiss-based NGO campaigning against the ivory trade for over 40 years, writes Willy Fautre.
Med & South 21-07-2016

‘Variable geometry’ to bind EU and Mediterranean countries

Faced with many challenges, from migration to terrorism, the EU and its Mediterranean partners must cooperate with pragmatism and variable geometry, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, said.
Transport 20-07-2016

Bulc: ‘We are working on a master plan for the deployment of driverless vehicles’

The European Commission will publish a comprehensive plan for the deployment of driverless vehicles later this year, Violeta Bulc, the EU Commissioner for Transport, told EurActiv.sk in an exclusive interview.
Transport 20-07-2016

Commission could consider pan-EU regulator to prevent another Dieselgate

The European Commission would consider creating a pan-EU regulator to prevent a repeat of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, if strengthened testing rules set to be unveiled later today (20 July) prove inadequate.
Trade & Society 19-07-2016

EU launches WTO action against China raw material export duties

The European Union on Tuesday (19 July) followed the United States to launch a new legal challenge at the World Trade Organization over duties and quotas China imposes on its raw materials exports.

Member states offered EU climate target flexibility in bid to cut emissions

EU member states will be able to bank annual emissions savings from sectors such as agriculture and transport, and use them in later years to meet their climate targets, under EU legislation set to be put forward on Wednesday (20 July).
Agriculture & Food 14-07-2016

New UK government urged to adopt 'common-sense' farming policies

More than 80 organisations have called on new UK Prime Minister Theresa May to pursue "common-sense" food, farming and fishing policies, in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Sustainable Dev. 13-07-2016

DR Congo’s dystopian urbanisation on show in Brussels

DR Congo’s impasse between an unplanned urbanisation of slum expansion and a dystopian dream world of Dubai-inspired gated compounds is on display at a show in Brussels – the former colonial master of what is now one of the world’s poorest countries.
Transport 12-07-2016

Delivering the promise of air quality

This week London new Mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled his plans to tackle air pollution in the city. Autogas can bring the fast, cost-effective changes that cities like London so desperately need, writes  Cécile Nourigat.

France aims to set carbon price of at least €50 by 2030

France has confirmed it will introduce a floor price for carbon emissions from coal power stations, which will increase from around €20 in 2020 to €50 in 2030. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Sustainable Dev. 12-07-2016

EEB: The Slovak presidency must set higher climate and waste targets

Repatriating competences to the member states is not going to help citizens enjoy a better environment, Jeremy Wates tells EurActiv Slovakia.
Development Policy 08-07-2016

Post-Brexit sterling decline will cost poor countries $4bn, claims study

The post-Brexit slump in the pound will cost developing countries nearly $4bn (£3.1bn, €3.6bn) in the coming year, with reduced trade and aid, risk-averse financial markets, lower growth and sharply reduced remittances all playing a role, a report shows.


Health & Consumers 08-07-2016

Tackle air quality for the climate and public health

The links between climate change and public health are staggering. By implementing clean air policies, governments can save lives and cut health costs while mitigating climate change, writes Génon Jensen.

Parliament cuts deal to halve deaths from air pollution

The European Council and Parliament agreed on 30 June to revise the National Emission Ceilings Directive, aiming to halve deaths related to air pollution by 2030. Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Sustainable Dev. 07-07-2016

'An issue of life and death': Sadiq Khan unveils bold air quality plans for London

On the 60th anniversary of the UK's Clean Air Act, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a plan to tackle toxic air, including the implementation of clean bus corridors, an extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and an emissions surcharge. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.
Energy 05-07-2016

Renewable energy: A simple strategy to regain global leadership

The EU is no longer leading the global energy transition. To reclaim this position, it must stop prioritising fossil fuels and nuclear, increase energy efficiency and keep fossil fuels in the ground, argues Christine Lins.
UK & Europe 28-06-2016

MEPs try to stop emissions trading bill falling into Polish hands after Brexit vote

MEPs are today (28 June) trying to stop the stewardship of EU emissions trading legislation falling into the hands of a coal-supporting Polish member of the European Parliament.

The EU needs to talk whaling with Japan

Japan has resumed its ‘scientific’ whaling activities in Antarctica. The EU should use its trade deal negotiations to gain commitments from the Far-East country to enforce the multilateral environmental agreements to which it is a signatory, write Chris Butler-Stroud and Joanna Swabe.
Sustainable Dev. 23-06-2016

Let’s design out waste for a real Circular Economy

The European Commission must wholeheartedly commit to building a Circular Economy if it is to deliver the benefits for the environment, businesses and the economy that EU citizens expect, writes Simon Wilson.

Brussels and NGOs share doubts over France's Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport

Three days before the vote on the future of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport, a host of environmental issues remain unresolved. The European Commission has joined NGOs in expressing serious concerns over the project. EurActiv France reports.
Sustainable Dev. 20-06-2016

In the rush to get waste out of landfill, the EU risks losing sight of its recycling targets

Since 2010, billions of euros have been committed for energy from waste (EfW) infrastructure in Northern Europe. This would be sensible if recycling levels remained unchanged, writes Adam Baddeley.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

French development boss: 1% owning 99% of wealth 'is not normal'

Worsening inequality is a threat to the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Objectives. To turn the situation around, the governments of developing countries must invest heavily in public services, says Philippe Orliange.
Development Policy 17-06-2016

MSF rejects EU funds over 'shameful' migrant policy

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders on Friday said it would no longer take funds from the EU in protest at its "shameful" policies on the migration crisis, including a deal with Turkey.
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Energy 17-06-2016

Energy Union governance to include building renovation reporting

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission will likely revamp the reporting of national building renovation rates, bringing it under the future oversight framework of the EU’s flagship Energy Union strategy.