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Western Mediterranean: Actions for the sustainable development of the #BlueEconomy

Western Mediterranean: Actions for the sustainable development of the #BlueEconomy

Today (19 April) the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region. The region covers economic hubs like Barcelona, Marseille, Naples and Tunis. It also includes tourist destinations like the Balearic Islands, Sicily and Corsica. The sea’s biodiversity is under severe pressure with a […]

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How many #pesticides did you eat today? Plenty according to European Food Safety Authority

How many #pesticides did you eat today? Plenty according to European Food Safety Authority

Forty four percent (43.9%) of all European food was tested positive for pesticide residues according to the 2015 pesticide residues report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), published yesterday[1] (12 April). And this number is increasing comparing to previous years (see Figures). Whether we like it or not, pesticides have become one of the […]

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Proposals for cutting #FoodWaste

Proposals for cutting #FoodWaste

Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030 on Tuesday (11 April). MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by […]

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Government using #Brexit as an excuse to sabotage vital environmental standards

Government using #Brexit as an excuse to sabotage vital environmental standards

A photographed document from the Department for International (DIT) has revealed the government is planning to water down Climate Change and wildlife regulations. Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder who has been pushing the European Parliament to toughen up laws against wildlife traffickers in Europe said: “The Tories are using Brexit as an excuse to sabotage […]

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MEPs calls for the phasing out of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 – vote tomorrow

MEPs calls for the phasing out of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 – vote tomorrow

  Palm oil is extensively used in food, cosmetics and biofuels, however the unsustainable production of the cheap vegetable oil leads to deforestation, loss of nature habitats and greenhouse gas emissions. MEPS vote on 4 April on a report by Czech GUE member Kateřina Konečná calling on the European Commission to take measures to ensure […]

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#StateAid: European Commission approves aid given to Danish offshore wind farm

#StateAid: European Commission approves aid given to Danish offshore wind farm

The European Commission has found support to be granted to the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Danish territorial waters to be in line with EU state aid rules. It will help Denmark to reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition. Commissioner in charge of […]

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Just three EU countries step up to the plate for Paris #climate deal – ranking

Only three countries in Europe are on the right track to deliver on the Paris climate agreement, a new ranking published today reveals. The EU Climate Leader Board looks at the position of each European government towards the EU’s largest climate law, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR). Sweden tops the list, followed by Germany and […]

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