EurActiv.com

EU news and policy debates across languages

26/08/2016

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

Sustainable Dev.


Development Policy 26-08-2016

Africa’s population set to double by 2050, says new report

Africa’s population will double by 2050, according to a new report from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington – posing serious questions about the sustainabililty of the world’s poorest continent.
Development Policy 23-08-2016

Zimbabwe on brink of chaos as EU ponders 'fragile state' status

While the EU reviews whether Zimbabwe qualifies as a fragile state, there are worrying signs that the political situation is deteriorating on the ground, writes Tom Gillhespy.
EU Priorities 2020 18-08-2016

European divisions ‘hardening’, warns German think tank

The refugee crisis and social hardship resulting from the eurozone crisis are putting the European project under unprecedented strain, with populism gaining ground in many EU countries – from Hungary, Poland, and France to the UK and Germany, warns the Bertelsmann Foundation, an eminent German think tank.
Energy 17-08-2016

EU support for Austrian hydropower plant undermines own rules

While discussions over the permit and environmental impact assessment are ongoing, the European Commission has listed the expansion of the Kaunertal hydropower plant among the key energy infrastructure projects of the EU, write Roland Jöbstl and Birgit Schmidhuber.
Energy 16-08-2016

How Nordic countries can inspire the EU's bioenergy policy

The experience of sustainable forestry management in Sweden and the other Nordic countries could serve as an inspiration for the EU when it draws up sustainability criteria for biomass, write Pernilla Winnhed, Carina Håkansson and Gustav Melin.
Sustainable Dev. 01-08-2016

EU climate rules a missed opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation

The EU must focus its legislation on policies that have the most potential to bring change. Unfortunately, its new Effort Sharing Regulation to cut greenhouse gas emissions missed an opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation, which has huge potentital to cut CO2, writes Shradha Abt.
Development Policy 29-07-2016

SDG report: Wealthy countries are failing their poorer partners

Industrialised countries have not respected their commitment to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to development. This failure has cost poor countries €1.8 billion since 2002, according to a new report. EurActiv Germany reports.
Energy 28-07-2016

Electrifying Africa: The challenge of the century

As the COP 22 in Marrakesh approaches, and with energy at the heart of the development and climate debate, economic actors are focusing their efforts on bringing power to the African continent. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Development Policy 27-07-2016

UK not doing enough for conflict-stricken northern Nigeria, report warns

Britain is not doing enough to help northern Nigeria, where millions of people have had their lives ruined by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, according to a report by the UK parliament.
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.