Janie Matthews

#Media4EU 28-04-2017

NGO: Freedom of the press at lowest point in 13 years

With populism and authoritarianism on the rise in many countries, global press freedom has taken a blow. In fact, it is at its lowest point in 13 years, according to a US-funded research and advocacy organisation.
Freedom of thought 25-04-2017

ECJ plans to rule on same-sex marriage in Romania

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to rule on same-sex marriage in a landmark Romanian case, but religious freedom groups are rooting for a win for national sovereignty.
Air Quality 12-04-2017

NGOs urge UK to approve EU anti-pollution rules

Environmental NGOs rallied together, urging the British government to vote in support of new EU industrial pollution rules that could save thousands of lives every year today (12 April).
Energy 30-03-2017

Digitalisation takes centre stage at Brussels energy forum

Policymakers and industry leaders on Tuesday (28 March) called for an increase in digitalisation in keeping with the EU's energy efficiency directives.
Energy 23-03-2017

New energy labels on household appliances could save hundreds on energy bills

An agreement on draft legislation of energy labels for household appliances was reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the Ministers on Tuesday.
Circular economy 23-03-2017

Recyclables must be collected separately for circular economy to succeed, says panel

Separate collection of recyclable materials is the key to a successful circular economy, but some member states struggle to put the necessary infrastructure in place, policymakers told a EURACTIV event held on Tuesday (21 March).
Climate change 21-03-2017

Think tank says PRI members failed to hire enough experts

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) asset owners and investment managers failed to hire enough experts in responsible investments, according to a report from a climate change think tank released on Tuesday (21 March).
Circular economy 17-03-2017

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the annual global economy if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released today (16 March).
Energy 16-03-2017

Bendtsen: We need pension fund investment to kickstart renovation revolution

Pension funds are looking to invest money and interest rates are low, the lead MEP on the EU’s building energy performance bill has said. Unlocking that capital will boost Europe’s low renovation rates, increase energy efficiency and cut household bills, Bendt Bendtsen told EURACTIV.com.

MEPs vote to boost recycling rates and limit food waste

After 51 organisations and 64,000 people in the EU backed a campaign to reduce food waste, MEPs voted today (14 March) in support of a 50% reduction by 2030.
Energy 09-03-2017

Green future can’t happen without consumers

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, a top European Commission official, declared that Europe’s transition to a green future will be impossible without the support of consumers, but admitted that the executive had been terrible at communicating its work, during a panel discussion held today (9 March).

Prostitution legal in several EU countries, but Nordic Model could change that

MEPs, feminists and police officers met today, on International Women’s Day (8 March), at the European Parliament, to discuss a new approach to criminalising prostitution: the Nordic Model.
Future EU 08-03-2017

MEPs and mayors discuss strategies to fight populism

In the wake of Brexit and the rise of populism, EU lawmakers and municipal leaders gathered on Tuesday (7 March) to discuss potential strategies to defeat Euroscepticism.
Politics 02-03-2017

Sweden opts to return to conscription

The Swedish government is expected to officially decide to bring back conscription today (2 March).

Ombudsman launches investigation against EIB

The EU's watchdog is investigating the EIB for maladministration after three NGOs submitted a complaint this week.

Slovakia continues to allow discrimination against Roma children

Despite threats of fines from the European Union, Slovakia still discriminates against Romani children by placing them in segregated schools.

EU watchdog opens probe into Barrosogate

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly began investigating the Commission’s handling of the Barrosogate scandal today (28 February).
Climate change 28-02-2017

Belgium and France join war on plastics

Ten countries have pledged their allegiance to the United Nation’s war on ocean plastics.
Energy 27-02-2017

EU’s clean energy package gets national support

Negotiations for the third version of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package have officially begun.
Climate change 22-02-2017

Italy slapped with air pollution lawsuit

ClientEarth launched legal action against Lombardy, Italy’s most polluted region, today (22 February). The NGO says this could be the first of several Italian suits.
Climate change 21-02-2017

Natura 2000 must manage cash better, warn EU Auditors

The EU’s flagship biodiversity programme, Natura 2000, needs more money and better management, the European Court of Auditors has warned.
20-02-2017

Greens MEP: Unpaid internships ‘unacceptable’

Nearly 100 laughing young persons gathered around Schuman Circle to protest the plight of unpaid interns on Monday (20 February).
20-02-2017

Mike Pence arrives in Brussels, greeted by protestors

“Hands too small, can’t build a wall,” demonstrators chanted during US Vice-President Mike Pence’s meeting with EU leaders.

ETUC: Wages in Europe are too low

The gap between the rich and ‘the rest’ is growing, European Trade Union leaders warned as Europe struggles to recover from the 2009 crisis that wiped 10% of it’s economy.