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Europe’s time: How not to waste it?

Europe’s time: How not to waste it?

| June 17, 2020

It is a historic moment for Europe. That is how the European Commission entitled the list of proposed measures to restore the economy of the European Union estimated at a record amount of 750 billion euros, with 500 billion being allocated free of charge as grants and another 250 billion – as loans. The EU […]

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Commission imposes countervailing duties on #IndonesianBiodiesel

Commission imposes countervailing duties on #IndonesianBiodiesel

| August 14, 2019

The European Commission has imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidized biodiesel from Indonesia. The measure aims to restore a level-playing field for EU biodiesel producers. The Commission’s in-depth investigation found that Indonesian biodiesel producers benefit from grants, tax benefits and access to raw materials below market prices. This inflicts a […]

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#Canada should take a leaf out of Europe’s books when it comes to #SustainableEnergy future

#Canada should take a leaf out of Europe’s books when it comes to #SustainableEnergy future

| December 12, 2018

The recently announced EU Bioeconomy Strategy continues that continent’s legacy of advancing biological solutions to environmental questions and strategically highlights the economic benefits of the approach with a strong focus on jobs, growth and investment in the EU. In fact, the EU’s bioeconomy already accounts for 4.2% of its GDP; it contributes over €2 trillion […]

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#EUNatureActionPlan – Revised guidance on managing protected Natura 2000 areas

#EUNatureActionPlan – Revised guidance on managing protected Natura 2000 areas

| November 26, 2018

As part of the EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy, the European Commission has published an updated guidance for member states’ authorities, stakeholders and EU citizens on how to conserve and manage Natura 2000 network of protected areas. Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Commissioner Karmenu Vella said: “With this updated guidance document […]

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EU to invest €700m in #CleanAndInnovativeMobility

EU to invest €700m in #CleanAndInnovativeMobility

| October 3, 2018

European Commission proposes to invest €695.1 million in 49 key projects aimed at developing a clean and innovative mobility infrastructure in Europe for all modes of transport. The investments will come from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the EU’s financial mechanism to support the development and modernization of infrastructure, and is expected to leverage up […]

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#Conservatives ‘are truly the best conservationists’

#Conservatives ‘are truly the best conservationists’

| May 28, 2018

European politicians and policymakers, academics, media and the business community debated the role of free-market and innovation in resolving environmental issues at Solvay Library on 24 May. The lively debates were hosted by the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) under the framework of their second Blue-Green Summit. Speakers focussed on two main […]

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#StateAid: Commission approves €4.7 billion public support scheme for advanced #Biomethane and #Biofuels in Italy

#StateAid: Commission approves €4.7 billion public support scheme for advanced #Biomethane and #Biofuels in Italy

| March 5, 2018

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced biomethane. The measure will contribute to reaching EU energy and climate change goals while limiting distortions of competition. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This is yet another […]

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