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Commission must prepare glyphosate exit plan, Greenpeace 25 June 2016, 00:37 CET
Greenpeace has called on the European Commission to prepare a glyphosate exit plan, after an EU vote on the controversial weedkiller today cleared the way for the Commission to push through a temporary licence extension.

Brexit brings risks and uncertainties for UK environment and leaves EU weaker: WWF EU 25 June 2016, 00:19 CET
Responding to the result of the British referendum on EU membership, Geneviève Pons, Director of WWF European Policy Office said:

Window covering cords can KILL 23 June 2016, 16:18 CET
The OECD Global Awareness Campaign on Window Covering Cord Safety runs from 23 to 30 June. ANEC joins OECD in wanting to ensure parents are aware of the risks that window blind cords can pose to young children.

EU Deal Only Covers a Fraction of Conflict Minerals 21 June 2016, 00:43 CET
In a new report, Swedwatch presents the practical implications of existing regulations on conflict minerals and concludes that EU negotiations have failed to address key issues related to the trade in illicit conflict minerals.

Risks and side effects for humans and animals: What really goes wrong in the regulation of genetically engineered plants 21 June 2016, 00:39 CET
At present, there is a controversy in the EU as to whether feeding trials with genetically engineered plants have to be conducted before the plants are granted market authorisation. Both the biotech industry and EFSA experts are pushing for these feeding trials not to be mandatory. They are demanding the withdrawal of a regulation requesting 90-day feeding trials that was only very recently introduced by the EU Commission. This is the background against which Testbiotech is publishing its new report providing an overview of the risks of genetically engineered plants for humans and animals, and showing that current regulations are completely inadequate.

Council Conclusions provide blueprint for advancing European collaboration on AMR 21 June 2016, 00:33 CET
Tackling a problem as complex as drug-resistant infections requires a high level of coordination. Yet, until now, Europe’s added value as a facilitator of effective intersectoral action against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been ill-defined.

EU Environment Ministers recognize need for a bold reform of the EU carbon market 21 June 2016, 00:30 CET
Key EU Environment Ministers discussing the reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) after 2020 today acknowledged that the Paris Agreement created new conditions for this process, and called for ensuring that a review of the level of ambition in the ETS takes place in the near future.

EU states commit to ending wildlife crime, but critical measures missing 21 June 2016, 00:27 CET
EU Environment Ministers endorsed Monday an ambitious EU Action Plan to boost the region’s collective efforts to end wildlife trafficking, but the absence of some key commitments could weaken its overall impact and effectiveness.

Benelux Infrastructure: Updates from Port of Rotterdam, KBC Bank, and Rabobank… 17 June 2016, 17:20 CET
SMi Reports (2016.06.17, Amsterdam, Netherlands): SMi Group announces the return of the industry leading Benelux Infrastructure Forum to take place on 23rd and 24th November 2016 at the Movenpick Hotel in Amsterdam. This event will provide updates on the latest trends within the Benelux oil and gas market.

European Commission launches infringement case against Polish government for logging in Bialowieza Forest 16 June 2016, 17:07 CET
Today, the European Commission announced the start of an infringement procedure against Poland relating to plans that would see an increase in logging in the Bialowieza Forest – one of Europe’s largest expanses of primeval forest, and a Natura 2000 and World Heritage site.

Conflicts of interest played down by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 15 June 2016, 15:55 CET
In an open letter to the EFSA Management Board, Testbiotech and GeneWatch UK are urging them to take measures to safeguard the independence of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and restore its credibility.

ANEC 21: celebrating 21 successful years of making a difference for consumers 15 June 2016, 15:36 CET
Since its creation in 1995, ANEC has represented consumers' interests in standardisation, complementing the contributions of business, in order to ensure standards and related legislation protect European consumers and their welfare.

Greenpeace calls on Italy to reconsider position on EU-Canada trade deal 10 June 2016, 17:47 CET
Italy may be preparing to break ranks with other EU governments on the right for national parliaments to approve or reject a controversial trade deal between the EU and Canada (CETA). Greenpeace called on Italy to reconsider its position. A bid by the European Commission to bypass national parliaments is anti-democratic, said Greenpeace.

Quick ratification of EU climate pledge meaningless without policy ambition 10 June 2016, 17:05 CET
Today, the European Commission published its proposal for the EU’s ratification of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. WWF welcomes this proposal, but reiterates the call for increased climate ambition at EU level to live up to the commitments made in Paris.

eHealth: Opportunity or threat to health equity for all? 09 June 2016, 21:09 CET
Increasing inequality across Europe is a huge challenge to policy-makers in all areas, not least health policy. Income inequality in OECD countries is higher today than at any time in the last fifty years, which has profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of the poorest. 2016 eHealth week in Amsterdam should strive to ensure that the technological transition increases health and access to healthcare for everyone and excludes no-one, including refugees, migrants and other vulnerable people.

Poor air quality and climate change greatest threats to human health in pan-European region: UN report 09 June 2016, 21:05 CET
Poor air quality, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and the disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the region, finds the latest Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) assessment for the pan-European region, prepared by the UN Environment Programme and the UN Economic Commission for Europe with support from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Public funding for energy efficiency picking up 09 June 2016, 21:00 CET
New research by Ecofys reports that the total public funding for energy efficiency in the EU grew from about €6 billion in 2012 - when the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) was approved, to about EUR 7.1 billion in 2014. This trend, which can also be observed in Central and Eastern Europe, is encouraging, but a lot still needs to be done to break down barriers to energy efficiency investments.

BEREC seeks views on guidelines to implement new net neutrality rules 09 June 2016, 15:49 CET
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has today published for public consultation draft guidelines on the implementation by regulators of new net neutrality rules and is seeking the views of stakeholders over the next six weeks, with the consultation closing on 18 July.

Embarrassing failure by Juncker Commission leads Dutch Presidency to cancel high-level Nature Conference in Amsterdam 09 June 2016, 00:06 CET
In a highly unusual move, the Dutch presidency today cancelled its much anticipated and politically charged Ministerial Conference on ‘Future-proof Nature Policy’, which was to be held at the end of June in Amsterdam to discuss the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives. However, since the Working Document on outcomes of the REFIT exercise will not be published on time by the European Commission, it was decided to cancel the event.

Greenpeace comment: EU vote on glyphosate extension 07 June 2016, 18:32 CET
The European Commission has failed to secure sufficient support from EU governments for its proposal to extend a licence for glyphosate by up to 18 months. The outcome shows that governments remain sceptical about the continued use of the controversial weedkiller, said Greenpeace.

WWF: Major international agreement to fight illegal fishing supports EU efforts 05 June 2016, 16:03 CET
WWF welcomes the entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) today as a huge step in the global fight to eliminate illegal fishing. The Agreement is the first binding international treaty specifically aimed at preventing illegally caught fish from entering ports around the world, by reducing the number of ports where these products can be unloaded and making it harder for illegal fishing operations to do business. The more countries that join the Agreement and effectively implement it, the better the chances of keeping illegal products out of global markets.

A barbecue grill can kill: don’t use it indoors 01 June 2016, 23:15 CET
On the occasion of today’s 6th Carbon Monoxide (CO) Round Table, hosted by MEPs Linda McAvan and Marian Harkin, ANEC - the European Consumer Voice in Standardisation - urges consumers never to take a charcoal barbecue inside because of the risk of lethal CO poisoning.

Automobile industry addresses challenges of decarbonisation 01 June 2016, 23:10 CET
Ahead of the publication of the European Commission's Communication on the Decarbonisation of Transport next month, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has outlined some key challenges that industry and policy makers must overcome to reduce CO2 emissions more effectively. ACEA's Board met today in Berlin on the occasion of the association's 25th anniversary General Assembly.

Greenpeace press comment: Commission seeks glyphosate approval by another name 01 June 2016, 19:23 CET
The European Commission is seeking political backing to allow unrestricted use of controversial weedkiller glyphosate by labelling the decision as temporary, warned Greenpeace.

Ombudsman's ruling: Stoiber’s appointment process constituted 'maladministration' and was misleading 31 May 2016, 12:39 CET
In a strongly worded decision, the appointment process of Edmund Stoiber as a high-level special advisor to the European Commission President Juncker has been labelled "misleading", and constituting maladministration.