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Industry lobby wants EU water protection directive to be diluted

EU environment ministers will debate on Thursday (5 March) whether the EU directive on water protection is still up to date. However, the European industry lobby is trying to influence ministers to change the directive, according to a leaked letter seen by EURACTIV Germany.
Health 19-12-2013

New tobacco directive turns blind eye on e-cigarettes

The EU's Tobacco Products Directive, agreed on Wednesday (18 December), leaves national authorities to decide whether refillable e-cigarettes should be considered as tobacco products or medicine.
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Health 18-12-2013

EU’s new tobacco directive agreed

The EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was agreed on Wednesday (18 December), after the issue of whether refillable e-cigarettes should be regulated as general sale or medicines has been solved. While a compromise was reached between the Parliament and the Council on Monday night (16 December), it still had to be approved by EU member states as it went beyond the mandate given to the Lithuanian government, negotiating on behalf of the EU countries.
Health 18-12-2013

EU ministers and parliament reach deal on tobacco directive

MEPs and national governments agreed on Monday (16 December) a provisional deal for a new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). But e-cigarettes continue to divide policy-makers.

Commission moves to stem theft of trade secrets

The EU executive is seeking to stem an increase in theft of trade secrets across Europe with a new proposal to harmonise the definition of the practice and block imports of products arising from such theft.

The EU needs to take gender equality seriously

A 2011 Eurobarometer survey found that 88% of Europeans consider that women should be equally represented in company leadership positions. Let’s hope that the directly-elected members of the European Parliament and member states are listening, says Gabriele Suder.
Energy 16-07-2012

High offshore safety standards in North Sea must not be risked

The European Commission’s intention to improve safety in offshore oil and gas across Europe by using the UK’s best practices should be welcomed. However, the form of legislation proposed would have the opposite effect and undo decades of established regulatory experience - putting the safety of workers at risk, writes Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK.
Energy 15-06-2012

Lidegaard: ‘We fought like lions for the Energy Efficiency Directive’

Negotiations were tough on the Energy Efficiency Directive, but now only the signature is missing on one of the Danish EU presidency’s key priorities, said Danish Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard.
Development Policy 19-12-2011

2050 roadmap to re-boot stalled energy efficiency talks

Denmark, which takes over the EU's rotating presidency on 1 January, is likely to use the European Commission's Energy Roadmap 2050 as a tool to push through an agreement on the stalled Energy Efficiency Directive. 
Energy 08-12-2011

Energy efficiency faces storm of ideas, funding remains taboo

The proposed Energy Efficiency Directive, the focus of the upcoming Danish EU presidency,  is lacking key details in its current form, one of which is funding.  
Energy 11-05-2011

Energy firms face new efficiency regime

Energy companies will need to make savings among final customers of 1.5% a year under a new regime of audits, inventories and savings obligations outlined in a draft directive seen by EURACTIV.