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Circular economy: The importance of re-using products and materials

Circular economy: The importance of re-using products and materials

The average European consumes 14 tonnes of raw materials and generates five tonnes of waste a year. These figures look alarming considering our resources are limited, but there might be a solution. Many products and materials can be reused or repaired, thus reducing waste. On Monday (6 July) MEPs debated a report that called on […]

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Former head of Israel’s Shin Bet becomes new chairman of delegation for relations with the European Parliament

Former head of Israel’s Shin Bet becomes new chairman of delegation for relations with the European Parliament

By Yossi Lempkowicz, Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA) A former head of Israel’s General Security Services(Shin Bet), Yaakov Peri (pictured), has become the new chairman of the Knesset delegation for relations with the European Parliament. A member of Israel’s parliament for the Yesh Atid centrist party, 71-year-old Peri joined this party prior to the 2013 elections. […]

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Bernd Lange on TTIP: ‘We have to be transparent’

Bernd Lange on TTIP: ‘We have to be transparent’

Bernd Lange Parliament is finalizing its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They will be debated by MEPs on Tuesday (7 July) and voted on Wednesday. The vote on the European Parliament recommendations was postponed in June due to the large number of amendments. Now it seems a compromise could be possible. […]

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ETS reform: Everything you need to know in a nutshell

ETS reform: Everything you need to know in a nutshell

The Parliament is working on making the EU’s emissions trading scheme more efficient © BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK The EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) was set up to reduce gas emissions and fight climate change, but it is not working as efficiently as it could be. MEPs discuss on 7 July an informal deal with member states to […]

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Greece debt crisis: Tsipras to present new plan at eurozone summit

Greece debt crisis: Tsipras to present new plan at eurozone summit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to present new proposals at a eurozone emergency summit on his country’s growing debt crisis. The plan is said to include a demand for Greece’s debt to be cut by up to 30%, after voters rejected the terms of an international bailout on Sunday (5 July). Athens has […]

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Plenary opening: Remembering Srebrenica

Plenary opening: Remembering Srebrenica

MEPs held a minute of silence and many carried the white and green ‘Flower of Srebrenica’ as a sign of remembrance© European Union 2015 – EP The massacre of 8,000 men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica 20 years ago was commemorated by EP President Martin Schulz in his opening address (6 July) […]

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Landmarks and public places photo ban in firing line

Landmarks and public places photo ban in firing line

| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Opposition is growing to a European Parliament non-legislative proposal to ban photographers from commercially using photos of landmarks and public places unless they have permission from copyright holders. The proposal will be voted on by MEPs on Thursday (9 July) in Strasbourg as part of a broader report on reform of EU copyright laws. British Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine […]

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