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Economy & Jobs 24-04-2017

Commission readies new parental leave rules to replace axed maternity bill

Two years after the European Commission scrapped its own proposal for new EU maternity leave rules, the EU executive is getting ready to replace it with new measures, including some focused on getting more fathers to take leave.
Future EU 24-02-2017

Juncker: This Commission no longer regulates the flushing of toilets

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday (23 February) that he “fought like a lion” against “ill-inspired Commissioners” who thought the EU should regulate the flushing of toilets. He also indicated that he will push for a multi-speed Europe in proposals to be unveiled next month.
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.

MEPs bolster EU recycling and landfill targets

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee yesterday (24 January) moved to increase draft EU recycling and landfill targets that had been lowered by the European Commission in its re-tabled Circular Economy Package.
Climate change 07-12-2016

EU decides against tinkering with flagship nature directives

After undergoing a much-criticised European Commission-helmed ‘fitness check’, the EU’s main nature directives have been ruled fit for purpose and will not be rewritten or weakened, in a huge win for environmentalists.

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

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.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

Dutch finance minister perplexed by EU budget rules

Dutch Finance Minister and Chairman of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem has lashed out at the complexity of EU budget law and called for it to be simplified. EurActiv Spain reports.
Climate change 15-06-2016

Commission research shows Nature Directives don’t need ‘better regulation’

EXCLUSIVE/ EU rules to protect birdlife and habitats – under threat from a review driven by the European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ strategy - are fit for purpose, according to leaked research that fuelled demands to leave the laws alone.

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.

SMEs warn of ‘REACH leakage’ ahead of EU chemical review

A review of Europe’s REACH chemicals safety law, due in 2017, will look into the “cumulative costs” of the legislation on industry and small businesses in particular, according to a senior official at the European Commission.
Transport 07-06-2016

Commission adopts new rules in wake of Costa Concordia disaster

The European Commission has adopted a series of legal proposals aimed at simplifying and modifying the security framework for passenger boats in EU waters. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Climate change 26-05-2016

Timmermans: We must convince Europe the era of meddlesome EU rules is over

The European Commission must convince people and businesses that the era of meddlesome EU regulation is over, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans admitted today (26 May), before warning that would take "some time".

REACH ‘monster’ will devour EU innovation, chemical industry warns

Chemical industry lobbyists have stepped up their criticism of Europe’s REACH chemical safety regulation, branding the law “a monster” that “will devour” the industry’s ability to innovate.
Climate change 14-04-2016

EU conservation law ‘modernisation’ may weaken protections

European Commission President Juncker wants EU laws on nature conservation modernised. But environmental activists have warned against weakening the current legislation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 06-04-2016

Commission vows tough enforcement of Circular Economy Package

The Circular Economy package of waste and recycling laws will be backed by more rigorous European Commission enforcement than previously seen, an official yesterday (5 April) told plastic industry delegates.

CAP could be called in for ‘better regulation’ scrutiny

SPECIAL REPORT: EXCLUSIVE / Environmental campaigners plan to force changes in the reformed Common Agricultural Policy by using the European Commission’s 'better regulation' procedures to call in the laws for renewed scrutiny.

New Circular Economy Package to create fewer jobs than axed bill it replaced

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission's new Circular Economy Package will create 110,000 fewer jobs in the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Italy than the axed bill it has replaced, according to research obtained by EURACTIV.

New Circular Economy package still a work in progress for construction industry

SPECIAL REPORT /The European Commission’s new Circular Economy package of waste and recycling laws, to be launched tomorrow (2 December), will be pored over by a construction industry keen to prove its sustainability credentials.

New Circular Economy Package ‘less ambitious’ than axed predecessor

The European Commission’s draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for “better regulation”, has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.

New Circular Economy Package takes shape

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, “strong commitments” on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and “major” funding for innovation, EURACTIV has learnt.
Agrifood 26-10-2015

Farming lobby to MEPs: We will quit EU if emissions capped

EXCLUSIVE / Europe’s farming lobby has warned MEPs the industry will quit the European Union if they vote to cap agricultural gas emissions in a crunch vote this Wednesday (28 October) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

‘Circular economy’ must be regulation-light and market-driven, says EPP

EXCLUSIVE / Centre right EU leaders will demand the European Commission ensures its new 'circular economy' package of waste, recycling and incineration laws is based on a light regulatory touch and is driven by market forces.
Geneviève Pons-Deladrière

WWF EU chief: ‘NGOs can use Better Regulation Agenda positively’

The European Commission’s Better Regulation Agenda is wrongly perceived by the NGO community as purely business-driven, says Geneviève Pons-Deladrière, a former Commission official who is now heading the WWF’s EU office. She explains why, in a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV.
Brexit 16-07-2015

Spectre of better regulation haunts air pollution bill

A British Conservative member of European Parliament yesterday (15 July) took the unusual step of voting against her own report, after MEPs in the Environment Committee backed stronger air pollution limits.

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