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#Arctic: Ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs

#Arctic: Ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs

Climate change is bringing new environmental and security challenges in the Arctic, as the melting ice cap opens up new navigation and fishing routes, and competition for its natural resources heats up, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday (16 March). They call for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, ban oil drilling […]

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For the EU, leading on clean energy means talking about #CleanCoal

For the EU, leading on clean energy means talking about #CleanCoal

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the post-COP21 world, most would agree that climate change is a clear threat that needs to be urgently addressed. Faced with American scepticism prompted by the election of Donald Trump, Europe has emerged as the world’s leading advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But simply airing fluffy statements is not enough: the hard part comes […]

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#StateAid: Commission clears investment in construction of Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary

#StateAid: Commission clears investment in construction of Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary

The European Commission has concluded that Hungary’s financial support for the construction of two new nuclear reactors in Paks (Paks II) involves state aid. It has approved this support under EU state aid rules on the basis of commitments made by Hungary to limit distortions of competition. Margrethe Vestager, commissioner in charge of competition, said: “Hungary […]

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#Industry4Europe: Competitiveness Council endorses vision for industry in Europe

#Industry4Europe: Competitiveness Council endorses vision for industry in Europe

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

On 20 February, the Competitiveness Council held a discussion on Europe’s manufacturing sector. Representatives of European companies welcomed Commissioner Bieńkowska’s support for a European vision for industry in Europe. As part of the debate, Dr. Hariolf Kottmann, president of the Chemicals Industry Council and CEO of Clariant, told European industry ministers that the European Union […]

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Conservative MEP’s key #ClimateChange reforms backed by Parliament

Conservative MEP’s key #ClimateChange reforms backed by Parliament

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions from European industries from 2021 have been approved today (15 February) by MEPs. The proposals will overhaul the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s main policy tackling climate change, and have been steered through the  European Parliament by Conservative MEP Ian Duncan. The ETS imposes a cap on carbon […]

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MEPs overhaul #EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals

MEPs overhaul #EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a drive to prevent a recurrence of the VW emissions scandal, Internal Market Committee MEPs amended EU car “type approval” rules on Thursday (9 February), to make environmental and safety testing more independent and strengthen national and EU oversight of cars already on the road.  Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK), who is steering this legislation […]

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State of the #EnergyUnion debate

State of the #EnergyUnion debate

| February 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Accelerating the modernization of Europe’s entire economy, making it low carbon and efficient in energy and resources” are key aims of Energy Union legislation, said Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič in Wednesday’s (1 February) plenary debate. Some MEPs welcomed the Clean Energy package, which forms about 80% of the Energy Union legislation, but others thought […]

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