Industry and green campaigners distrust the Commission and the data it uses to evaluate the impact of policy options. They request full access to the data in future impact assessments, according to consultation documents seen by EURACTIV.
Estonian environmental groups have asked the European Commission to take action against EU countries that have granted permission to construct the Nord Stream pipeline, accusing them of failing to comply with EU environmental laws.
The UK has announced plans to build an unprecedented 33 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity by 2020, surpassing Denmark in sea-based wind power output. But sceptics questioned whether the turbines will ever be built.
A report published by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) denounces the slow application of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive and warns that this could harm the EU objective to stop the loss of its biodiversity by 2010.
National officials meeting in The Hague have recommended cutting
down the costs of the draft EU chemicals law on businesses while
estimating the long-term benefits for society at "tens of billions"
The battle over REACH rages on with new results of blood tests
by the WWF immediately dismissed by the bromine industry. Test
results, it is argued, are "alarmist" and aimed at "creating public
Twelve major industrial sectors have joined forces in their
objections to the EU's draft chemicals legislation over
competitiveness concerns. The trade and retail sectors have raised
similar doubts in a new impact study.