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Responding to refugee boats in distress

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | December 3, 2015

It's a crisis that can be told in numbers:   around 890,000 refugees and migrants   arrived to Europe by sea this year, while more than 3,500 have died and it's not over yet. Fleeing war, human rights abuses and persecution,...

Gene-editing of plants – GM through the back door?

Publication | December 3, 2015 at 15:00

POLICY BRIEFING - Gene-editing techniques may be more precise than ‘traditional’ genetic engineering in their positioning of the intended alteration to genetic material. However, the newly created organisms can still display unexpected and...

Will Europe lead the way towards 'zero deforestation'?

Blog entry by Sébastien Risso | December 2, 2015

Updated on 13 January 2016 From the time we’re in school, we are taught that forests absorb and store carbon dioxide, one of the main greenhouse gases (GHG) responsible for climate change, and that they produce and release oxygen.

One year gone, but a long road ahead for EU energy union

Publication | November 16, 2015 at 12:50

On 18 November, European Commission vice-president for the energy union, Maroš Šefčovič, will for the first time take stock of the EU’s progress on a number of energy files under the energy union heading and inform the Council on what policy...

Renewable energy: untapped fuel for Mediterranean economies

Publication | November 10, 2015 at 11:46

Despite being the sunniest region in Europe and having huge renewable potential, many Mediterranean countries overlook renewable energy in their struggle with debt, a stagnating economy and unemployment.

Open letter to the Presidents of Council, Commission and Parliament on VW scandal

Publication | November 9, 2015 at 9:00

Several NGOs address the presidents of the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament to take action on the VW scandal.

Letter to vice president Timmermans about Commission meetings with unregistered lobbyists

Publication | November 4, 2015 at 17:45

From the Alter-EU Transparency Alliance

Glyphosate – need for a robust and credible scientific assessment of carcinogenicity

Publication | October 30, 2015 at 9:36

In the coming months, the EU will decide whether the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate, which the WHO has recently linked to cancer, should still be used in the EU. The EU’s chemicals’ agency (ECHA), as well as the EU’s food safety...

Volkswagen's lies show need for real emissions tests

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | October 15, 2015

Caught red-handed for cheating on diesel emissions tests, German carmaker Volkswagen's actions in putting profits before public health have underscored the need for urgent reforms of car industry pollution laws. These reforms must...

Comments on the EC communication on the state of stocks and fishing opportunities for...

Publication | October 2, 2015 at 16:23

The European Commission communication on the state of fish stocks in Europe is an annual opportunity to evaluate progress and deficiencies in the efforts to recover fish populations to a sustainable state.

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