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Emission Trading System: Post-2020 reform must be rescued from redundancy 16 July 2015, 17:00 CET
Today the European Commission presented its new legislative proposal to reform the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) after 2020 that is largely designed to please large polluters and set up the EU’s carbon market for failure.

EU Energy Label overhaul will simplify sustainable shopping 16 July 2015, 16:31 CET
The European Commission presented its plans to revise the well-known EU Energy Label in order to make choosing energy-efficient appliances simpler for consumers.

"New Deal for Europe's Energy Consumers" sees light of day 16 July 2015, 00:09 CET
Helping consumers to get a better energy deal is the core of a number of initiatives announced by the European Commission today. This New Deal outlines the way forward by making it easier for consumers to compare offers, switch suppliers and find their way around a digitalised energy market. The Commission deal also supports consumers who generate and consume their own energy.

European Parliament pushes for more surveillance and profiling of EU citizens 15 July 2015, 23:53 CET
Today, the European Parliament's Civil Liberties (LIBE) Committee adopted a proposal for the long-term storage of passengers on all flights entering and leaving the EU. The data will be used for profiling of innocent individuals as possible serious criminals.

ENVI Committee calls for cleaner air 15 July 2015, 23:42 CET
Over 90% of city dwellers in Europe are exposed to air pollution levels which are harmful to health. Today’s vote in the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive is an important step towards improving air quality and protecting public health in Europe.

EU must get real on carbon pollution pricing 08 July 2015, 18:47 CET
Today the European Parliament voted in favour of the establishment of a Market Stability Reserve as a first step to reform of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS).

European Parliament safeguards health in TTIP, says No to 'business as usual' ISDS 08 July 2015, 18:14 CET
Today, the European Parliament adopted its Initiative report with recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA and EHN welcome the report as it includes vital safeguards for public health, and sends a clear signal that the controversial Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) must be reformed.

European Patent Office revokes Altor BioScience patent 07 July 2015, 16:43 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked the patent EP1409646 held by Altor BioScience. After the US company withdrew its controversial claims on genetically engineered chimpanzees, the EPO has now also revoked a changed version of the patent claiming genetically engineered rats and mice as inventions. The decision was made on the basis that there were flaws in the technical quality of the patent. The opponents believe this outcome is an important success, but are warning that it does not indicate a general change in the legal practice of the EPO.

Telmat Industrie has just launched in the UK its new automatic body measurement system: The SYMCAD III 3D Body Scanner 07 July 2015, 13:55 CET
Telmat industrie is delighted to showcase its innovative and automatic body measurement system to the UK market

Services Directive: Points of Single Contact underperforming, study reveals 02 July 2015, 23:28 CET
More than five years after the Services Directive entered into force, a new EU-wide mystery shopper exercise and study on the Points of Single Contacts (PSC) shows that the performance of these online business portals is generally low (54%), with only two countries passing the 75% threshold of very good performance.

Business groups divided over merits of Britain's EU membership 02 July 2015, 17:06 CET
Opinion is divided among some of the UK’s most vocal business groups over whether or not Britain ought to remain a part of the European Union.

Mixed outcome of new EU consumer insurance market law 01 July 2015, 19:14 CET
A deal was reached last night between Members of European Parliament and EU ministers in the revision of EU-wide rules for insurance sales, ranging from car and fire insurance to life insurance.

Greece: European banks underline importance of eurozone cohesion 30 June 2015, 18:47 CET
Taking note of the recent political discussions between the Hellenic Republic and its creditors and the imposition of capital controls by the Greek authorities, the European Banking Federation, comprising national banking associations from 32 European countries, wishes to underline the importance of cohesion in the eurozone and to express its strong desire for Greece to remain a member of the euro area.

EU reaches unambitious deal on Roaming charges and Net Neutrality 30 June 2015, 14:04 CET
Negotiations between the European Parliament and Council on a Telecoms Single Market regulation concluded today, setting a deadline to abolish roaming charges and making a start on an EU-wide Net Neutrality principle (i.e. treating internet data equally and banning the blocking of internet services).

Greenpeace warns Europe is failing to learn lessons from Fukushima 29 June 2015, 22:11 CET
A new report published today by Greenpeace found that Europe's nuclear regulators have failed to act on vital lessons from the Fukushima catastrophe, exposing Europeans to the risk of a nuclear accident. The release coincides with the bi-annual conference of the European Nuclear Safety Regulator Group (ENSREG) held in Brussels.

European banking sector not yet adequately integrating environmental and social risks 25 June 2015, 19:01 CET
Large European banks are not yet sufficiently aware of the business risks deriving from environmental and social developments, such as climate change, water scarcity or sustainable production, according to a KPMG survey conducted with the support of WWF.

Pope urges action on climate change - Friends of the Earth reaction 18 June 2015, 16:20 CET
Commenting on the Pope’s Encyclical on climate change published on Thursday, 18 June, Friends of the Earth’s head of campaigns Andrew Pendleton said:

Energy Efficiency Directive: 10 Member States lag behind in providing clear audit rules 17 June 2015, 23:28 CET
One year after the transposition deadline of the Energy Efficiency Directive, only 18 countries have transposed the provisions on energy audits as set out in article 8 of the European legislation. This is one of the main findings of a study published today by EUROCHAMBRES, highlighting the negative consequences for business.

Data Protection Regulation should encapsulate SME specificities 17 June 2015, 18:34 CET
HOTREC (the umbrella Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes in Europe) and UEAPME (the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs) call on the European Parliament to follow the Council position and approach on data protection. Indeed, the Council’s position is to not make the DPO compulsory – at least for SMEs – and its risk base approach aims to cut red tape.

European Parliament shows no appetite for food from cloned animals 17 June 2015, 18:31 CET
The European Parliament’s Agriculture and Environment Committees have sent a strong signal of support of consumers’ rejection of food from cloned animals.

UN climate talks close with insufficient progress 11 June 2015, 16:40 CET
As two weeks of UN climate talks come to a close today, Friends of the Earth warned that not enough progress has been made towards a fair and adequate climate treaty to be finalised in Paris later this year.

Ground-breaking Report on Health and Welfare of EU Horses, Donkeys and Mules 11 June 2015, 16:34 CET
World Horse Welfare and lobbying consortium Eurogroup for Animals are proud to publish 'Removing the Blinkers: The health and welfare of European equidae in 2015', the first ever report to investigate the scale of the horse sector in Europe, legislation affecting it and the key health and welfare challenges of the EU's equids.

Rich countries sweep billions in public finance for coal under the rug as climate deadlines loom 03 June 2015, 23:32 CET
Last chance for EU to show climate leadership in OECD talks before COP Paris

Who is investing in experiments with genetically engineered chimpanzees? 03 June 2015, 23:22 CET
Report on investment links between financial institutions and the pharmaceutical industry

EU safely lands Package Travel reform, falls short on Product Safety 28 May 2015, 22:59 CET
Two long-running and crucial EU consumer laws were on the agenda of a meeting of national government ministers in Brussels today.