French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (16 September) inaugurated a posthumous installation conceived by the late artist Christo that envelops Paris's Arc de Triomphe monument in 2,500 square metres of silvery blue, recyclable plastic wrapping.
A mini urban forest of 100 square metres is big enough to plant 15 to 30 tree types and recreate the ecosystem of a full-scale forest, according to Nicolas de Brabandère, founder of the Belgian company, Urban Forest. EURACTIV France reports.
With the support of European funding, Paris has started a school for digital creation called “Tumo”. This concept, which comes from Armenia, allows young people aged between 12 and 18 to learn about digital creation in an autonomous manner. EURACTIV France reports.
Drivers of the most polluting diesel vehicles can now be fined in Brussels after a grace period expired on Sunday (30 September), just as air pollution in the Belgian capital looks ready to heavily influence local elections.
In the same week that the European Commission announced it would take six countries to court for breaking air pollution limits, three major cities said they would start legal action against the EU executive. They accuse the Commission of giving in to automotive lobbies. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Mayors from 25 cities around the world, representing 150 million citizens, pledged on Sunday (12 November) to cut their carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, while boosting efforts to become more resilient to extreme weather and other pressures linked to climate change.
Gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable Europe that has the buy in of its citizens - and this includes women at the heart of all decision-making, write Joanna Maycock and Petros Fassoulas.
Turkish journalist Can Dündar has criticised Europe for prolonging its dependence on his homeland when it comes to managing the refugee crisis. He also lamented the continent’s relegation of human rights on its list of priorities. EURACTIV Spain reports.
The main political figures of Paris met with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls yesterday (3 November) to discuss how best to offer opportunities to foreign businesses looking to relocate to the capital region. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Ordered to cut air pollution levels by Brussels, a group of EU cities are taking the Commission to court over its decision to relax car emissions standards, making their objectives even less attainable. EURACTIV France reports.
The Commission's decision to increase car emissions limits is set to be written into EU law, despite a petition launched by a group of 20 European cities and signed by 125,000 people. EURACTIV France reports.
The mayors of 20 European cities including Madrid, Paris and Copenhagen, but excluding London, have called for more stringent regulations to be put in place across the continent to tackle the deadly levels of air pollution caused by diesel vehicles. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
While national negotiators struggle to agree on climate action at the COP21, the mayors of 700 cities have committed to generating 100% of their energy from renewable sources by 2050. EURACTIV France reports.
The European Commission wants to establish minimum social rights as part of a package due to be unveiled in Spring 2016. Paris and Berlin are exploring plans for a "social Eurogroup", the French President said. EURACTIV France reports.