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NGOs contest €39bn in free carbon emission allowances for industry

Publication | December 10, 2014 at 10:30

A coalition of leading environmental organisations has filed a request for an internal review with the European Commission, contesting the legality of its recent decision to continue granting free carbon emission allowances to industries under...

Smart breeding: The next generation

Publication | December 1, 2014 at 16:51

While genetic engineering is in the public spotlight but has progressed little, a silent transformation in conventional plant breeding has taken place through the use of marker assisted selection (MAS).

NGOs call on European fisheries ministers to end overfishing

Publication | November 27, 2014 at 17:33

On 15 and 16 December, European fisheries ministers meeting in Brussels will decide on 2015 fishing limits for fish stocks in the Atlantic Ocean. Over 130 organisations have signed a letter asking them to end overfishing.

How to preserve scientific advice from corporate lobbying

Publication | November 19, 2014 at 14:07

The position of Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission has been discontinued, and the Juncker Commission says it is now reflecting on how to organise independent scientific advice.

Parliament expected to make breakthrough on countries’ right to ban GM crop cultivation

Publication | November 6, 2014 at 11:11

MEDIA BRIEFING - On Tuesday 11 November, the European Parliament will vote on a new law on national bans of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Four reasons to be optimistic despite modest EU climate goals

Blog entry by Joris den Blanken | October 30, 2014

Last week, the EU agreed its 2030 targets for emission cuts, energy savings and clean energy. Greenpeace has been clear in its assessment : the level of emission cuts is inadequate, and the deal risks slowing down Europe’s clean...

Wo ist Angela Merkel?

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | October 22, 2014

As Europe’s politicians decide about the bloc’s energy future (some even call it an Energy Union) on Thursday and Friday this week, the German government appears to have left the stage. Earlier this month, the European Commission...

Good cop, bad cop and the usual suspects at the EU October summit

Publication | October 17, 2014 at 13:05

MEDIA BRIEFING - Next week, on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 October, EU leaders will meet in Brussels to agree on EU climate and energy targets up to 2030.

Companies call on EU leaders to back ambitious climate and energy policies

Blog entry by Jorgo Riss | October 14, 2014

In the past, politicians have often been the ones pushing companies to become more conscious of health and safety issues. American politicians insisted that car companies install seatbelts. European politicians voted for hormone...

Three months to phase-out overfishing

Publication | October 10, 2014 at 9:00

As usual for this time of year, EU fisheries ministers are about to start haggling over fishing limits. Starting next week, the Fisheries Council will be deciding on the total allowable catches for most fish stocks in European waters for 2015/2016.

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