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29/09/2016

Restoring a Europe built on values for its youth

Sustainable Dev.


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Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Industrial agriculture threatens to drive German smallholders into ruin

SPECIAL REPORT / The existence of many farms is dependent on economic pressure and competition brought by larger scale holdings. More and more German farms are being driven into ruin and the environment is paying a hefty price too. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 28-09-2016

Romanian minister suggests food price hike to reduce waste

Romanian Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu says that food waste could be reduced by raising the price of food, adding that his countrymen do not appreciate its true value. EurActiv Romania reports.
Sustainable Dev. 27-09-2016

A missed opportunity for sustainability

The new EU non-financial reporting requirements, while a step in the right direction, lack the scope and the necessary verification requirements to be a real game-changer writes Beate Sjåfjell.
Energy 26-09-2016

Building industry demands stronger leadership on energy efficiency

Leading voices from Europe’s building industry have called on the Commission to do more to improve the energy efficiency of Europe’s building stock, saying this would benefit the economy and the climate.

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Governments can play a role in innovation by formulating problems and linking people up so that innovators can come up with solutions, says Richard Miller.
Development Policy 26-09-2016

EU Budget: yesterday’s solutions no longer work today

Those familiar with Brussels’ routines know that, at this time of the year, EU institutions’ representatives gather to agree on the budget for 2017. Negotiations are known to be passionate, to say the least, writes Tamira Gunzburg.
Sustainable Dev. 26-09-2016

French expert: 'Polluters should help state pay for air quality monitoring'

Societal change will prove just as important as financial investment in the effort to improve air quality. But air quality monitoring is central to this effort, Bernard Garnier told EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement.

Financiers want climate risk integrated into EU’s Capital Markets Union

Investors managing over €13 trillion in assets have called on EU regulators to foster a financial system that better takes climate risk into account when the European Commission reviews its Capital Markets Union next year.
Sustainable Dev. 19-09-2016

EU and New Zealand: Partnership powers in the Pacific

Small developing states in the Pacific have traditionally relied on imports of fossil fuels. The cost of the fuel, combined with its price volatility, and the islands' geographic remoteness, are all significant strains on these small economies, write Andrew Jacobs and Michalis Rokas.
Transport 19-09-2016

Gerbrandy: Europe's car industry risks being outfoxed like Nokia

In a few years’ time, people won’t buy a car just to get from A to B. Cars are going to become more like computers. The whole concept of transport will change, predicts Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy.
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Sustainable Dev. 16-09-2016

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Germany, the EU’s most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission’s Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.
Development Policy 16-09-2016

The European External Investment Plan: more than old wine in a new bottle

Europe is at last fully converted to the merits of boosting investment in order to achieve sustainable growth. The EU is doing so with an internal investment plan (commonly referred to as the Juncker Plan or as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), writes San Bilal.


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Sustainable Dev. 16-09-2016

PVC boss: ‘We will not change our reputation in one day’

SPECIAL REPORT / IKEA’s decision in the 1990s to ban PVC from its furniture and textile products had a devastating impact on the industry’s reputation. But 15 years after phasing out the most toxic chemicals, the PVC sector believes it is now ready to gain acceptance as a sustainable material, says Brigitte Dero.
Development Policy 15-09-2016

UK development minister challenged over ‘wasted aid’ claim

The new minister in charge of Britain’s overseas aid budget faced criticism on her first appearance before a Commons committee when she was unable to come up with a figure for the amount of aid that was being “wasted and stolen” – after publicly highlighting it as a significant problem.
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Transport 15-09-2016

Norway minister: ‘Petrol and diesel engines in cars are a thing of the past’

SPECIAL REPORT / Politicians should be less concerned with protecting the polluting industries of the past and invest instead in the future, said Vidar Helgesen, calling on policymakers to speed up the transition to a green economy with environmental taxation schemes.
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James Nix: Brexit could pave the way for EU-wide carbon tax

SPECIAL REPORT / Originally, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) only came into place because the UK was opposed to using taxation as a policy instrument to reduce global warming. With Brexit, there is now an opportunity to look again at an EU-wide carbon tax, according to James Nix.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

New UK development minister plans aid review based on 'Conservative values'

Too much of Britain’s aid money is wasted, stolen or spent on inappropriate projects, the new minister overseeing the UK aid budget has declared, as she served notice of plans to take an approach based on “core Conservative principles”.
Development Policy 14-09-2016

Oxfam questions ‘blending’ financing in SDG delivery

Oxfam has taken aim at the increasing use of ‘blending’ private sector investment with foreign aid, in a wide-ranging report looking at the future of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s.
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Investors fear next financial crisis will be climate-related

SPECIAL REPORT / A rushed transition to clean energy triggered by extreme weather events linked to global warming “will be very expensive” to swallow for the economy, investors warned policymakers at an event in Bratislava last week.
Sustainable Dev. 13-09-2016

Fabien de Castilla: Business waste recycling has enormous potential

Only around ten companies currently collect waste from SMEs in France. New laws oblige businesses to separate their waste paper, but big change will not come without bigger incentives, Fabien de Castilla told EurActiv’s partner La Tribune.

Lucie Sauvé: Schools avoid climate change for fear of being ‘controversial’

UNESCO has published its 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, linking education and sustainable development. But Lucie Sauvé is "far from convinced" that this is the right approach to ending poverty and tackling climate change. EurActiv’s partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Development Policy 13-09-2016

Ethiopia blames ‘outside forces’ for protest death toll

The Ethiopian government has hit back after the international outcry over the rising death toll from protests in the country, blaming “outside forces” for fomenting the trouble.
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Energy 13-09-2016

Workers will lose jobs in green revolution, admits EU’s energy boss

SPECIAL REPORT / Workers will lose their jobs as Europe shifts to a green economy, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has admitted, amid warnings the world faces political and economic turmoil not witnessed since the 1930s.
Future EU 12-09-2016

Restoring a Europe built on values for its youth

EXCLUSIVE / The Brexit vote has highlighted the need to restore the values that founded Europe in order to combat the rise of nationalism, populism and anti-European sentiment, writes Jacques Delors.