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29/06/2016

Commission asks member states for €3.6 billion to tackle refugee crisis

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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.
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Energy 15-06-2016

Homeowners offered cheaper mortgages in return for energy efficiency renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment rates on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators.
Sustainable Dev. 15-06-2016

Mobilising private financing for energy efficiency of buildings

Europe’s ageing building stock needs large-scale energy efficiency renovation if the EU is to meet its climate and energy targets. Increased private investment would create jobs and help citizens save money, writes Luca Bertalot.
Development Policy 15-06-2016

ActionAid chief: Africa's 'child marriage' is actually rape

Ahead of this year's European Union Development Days, the NGO ActionAid is focussing on the issue of inequality, with the launch of the report, The Price of Privilege.
Development Policy 15-06-2016

Europe’s unique chance to clean up its trade in minerals

Around the world, multinational companies dealing with natural resources are fighting a global battle to access, control and extract precious stones, oil, gas, minerals and even plants, writes Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga.


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Sustainable Dev. 14-06-2016

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers 'almost over'

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
Development Policy 14-06-2016

The EU and Africa: a deal set to push more young people on to the boats

The new EU migration partnerships with African governments risk strengthening autocratic regimes and exacerbating violence, repression and corruption, argues Marije Balt.
Digital 13-06-2016

Cities demand central role in digital skills revolution

A network of major European cities has called on the EU to place its members at the heart of efforts to boost digital skills, tackle unemployment and prepare citizens for the high value jobs of the future.
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European Youth Debating Competition

The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope have joined forces to promote STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as to inform about sustainability and resource efficiency - all of them being key ingredients for the future of both industry sectors and the overall competitiveness of the European Union.
Energy 13-06-2016

Consumers, regulators and energy efficiency in buildings

Saving energy consumption in buildings will play a key part in Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system.
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Energy 13-06-2016

High expectations for EU efficiency laws as Sustainable Energy Week begins

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is under pressure to keep its promise that 2016 will be the “year of delivery” for its Energy Union strategy to fight climate change and boost the import-addicted bloc’s resistance to shortages.
Development Policy 13-06-2016

Dear Dutch Presidency, we need effective law on conflict minerals

In an open letter to the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the 28 member states, some 126 NGOs call for tighter regulation of conflict minerals, including Amnesty International and Global Witness.
Sustainable Dev. 10-06-2016

Commission’s axing of Circular Economy Package ‘stalled’ green policies across EU

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission was accused last night of stalling national waste and recycling policies across the EU, after it emerged that only two countries have dedicated circular economy strategies.

Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds

Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide.

Israeli water chief: 'You must talk to neighbours to avoid climate change conflicts'

Israel is one of the world leaders in water desalination. But now it faces a new challenge - climate change. EurActiv.com spoke with the Deputy Director General of Israel's Water and Sewage Authority, Oded Fixler.
Sustainable Dev. 08-06-2016

Europe scores own-goal on bio-based chemistry

In its efforts to encourage displacement of fossil fuels by renewable energy, the EU intervened to promote bio-fuels, but ended up discriminating against production of a wider range of bio-based chemical feedstocks in Europe, writes Marco Mensink.
Trade & Society 07-06-2016

Commission asks member states for €3.6 billion to tackle refugee crisis

The European Commission today (7 June) asked EU countries for up to an extra €3.6 billion of development money for poorer African countries to try and bring the refugee crisis under control.