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EU Deal Only Covers a Fraction of Conflict Minerals
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.

EU Environment Ministers recognize need for a bold reform of the EU carbon market
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
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.

European Commission launches infringement case against Polish government for logging in Bialowieza Forest
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.

Poor air quality and climate change greatest threats to human health in pan-European region: UN report
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
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.

Embarrassing failure by Juncker Commission leads Dutch Presidency to cancel high-level Nature Conference in Amsterdam
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.

WWF: Major international agreement to fight illegal fishing supports EU efforts
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.

European Parliament confirms inadequacy of "Privacy Shield"
The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution on the "Privacy Shield". This is the new agreement to permit data to be transferred from the EU to the USA. The previous agreement - "Safe Harbour" - was overturned by the European Court of Justice in October 2015.

European Patients' Forum welcomes the agreement, but more details are needed
The European Patients' Forum welcomes the deal reached yesterday between the Council and the European Parliament on medical devices. However, more information on reprocessing and patient involvement is required.

Council and European Parliament reached political agreement on the medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices regulations
Following the May 25th trilogue meeting, MedTech Europe, the alliance of Eucomed and EDMA, are pleased to hear that a political agreement has been reached on the new regulations.

Obesity needs urgent action warns research organisation
The leading organisation responsible for research into obesity in Europe has warned that unless something is quickly done to tackle the region’s rising obesity epidemic, it is going to have a devastating effect on healthcare costs and productivity.

Tobacco Companies' Legal Challenge to Standardised Tobacco Packaging Fails: Other Countries to Follow UK Lead
The tobacco industry’s High Court challenge to the Regulations on standardised ("plain") tobacco packaging met with a humiliating defeat today. The landmark judgement in the case will help other countries looking to introduce the policy: France and the Republic of Ireland have already passed legislation and other countries are expected to follow soon, including Canada, Hungary, Norway and Slovenia.

New EU rules on nicotine strength not a problem for most vapers
Use of electronic cigarettes continues to rise with 2.8 million current e-cigarette users in 2016, up from only 700,000 in 2012 when it was first measured by ASH. And new EU rules on electronic cigarettes need not cause problems for most vapers according to new research published by ASH today.

European industry applauds European Parliament vote against granting China Market Economy Status (MES)
With an 83% overwhelming majority, the European Parliament today passed a Resolution against dumping and the granting of MES to China. The Resolution is an important signal that the EU will not grant MES so long as China fails to meet its WTO obligations.

Animal welfare NGOs across Europe demand an end to cruel animal performances
Damning report findings state that 'wild animal performances have no place in a modern European society'

Adoption of new EU data protection rules a key milestone for the Digital Single Market
The adoption today of new EU data protection rules constitute a key milestone in the Digital Single Market strategy, according to the European Internet Service Providers Association (EuroISPA). After three years of intensive negotiations, the new rules balance innovative uses of data with the need for consumer protection and privacy.

Mobilisation for start of mass opposition against patent on tomatoes
This week, a European-wide coalition is starting a mass opposition against a patent held by the Swiss company Syngenta on tomatoes produced by conventional breeding. We will be mobilising thousands of people within the time period of the opposition lasting until 12 May. The organisations taking part in this action will also be raising the pressure on European politicians to take measures against patents on plants and animals.

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In public WiFi case, European Court of Justice takes significant step forward for the information society
The European Court of Justice took a significant step forward on 16 March in strengthening the legislative infrastructure that underpins the European information society, according to EuroISPA, the European association of European Internet Services Providers Associations (ISPAs).

Brussels Declaration on ADPKD one year on: pioneering progress in the fight against a devastating kidney disease
Strides made as 30 organisations back Brussels Declaration on autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) but MEPs urged to unite for better patient care

Privacy Shield: Draft Adequacy Decision an important step on road to restoring trust and certainty in data transfers
Today's publication of the draft Privacy Shield Adequacy Decision constitutes an important step on the road to restoring trust and legal certainty to transatlantic data transfers.

Privacy Shield is the same unsafe harbour
Today, the European Commission published the "Privacy Shield" documents, which confirm that no meaningful reforms have been made and that none are planned.

Commission's Heating & Cooling Strategy needs to do more on buildings
The European Commission unveiled on 16 February the much-awaited Heating & Cooling Strategy in the framework of the Sustainable Energy Security Package. EuroACE welcomes DG ENER’s efforts to gather more data in order to give a comprehensive picture of heating and cooling in the EU, as it represents around 70% of energy consumption in buildings. But EuroACE calls for more concrete action in the buildings sector.

European Commission holds key to the end of EU trade in illegal timber
WWF welcomed the report published by the European Commission today, showing that 2 ½ years after it entered into force, the EU Timber Regulation is still not being implemented and enforced effectively in most EU countries.

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