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Oops! Commission does it again!

Blog entry by Andrea Carta, Marco Contiero | February 14, 2014

A la carte  approach to EU law on GM crops will come back to bite Following a fraught meeting of EU ministers on Tuesday, the European Commission looks set to push through the approval of a new genetically modified (GM) maize. It...

Rebuttal of the Economist leader article on European climate policy (edition dated 25...

Blog entry by Mark Breddy | January 24, 2014

The two main conclusions drawn by The Economist article – that binding renewables targets don’t work and that the EU should put all its eggs in the carbon market basket – don’t stand up to scrutiny. There’s very strong evidence...

European Commission wearing emperor's new clothes in Davos

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | January 22, 2014

Climate change returned to the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. And I expect the all-too-familiar placatory phrases will be back as well: it is  very  urgent and  very  serious; it is getting worse, and  “we”  or ...

Strong EU support for Arctic 30 does not go unnoticed

Blog entry by jdenblan | October 25, 2013

Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the...

Canadian tar sands salesman comes to town

Blog entry by Franziska Achterberg | October 18, 2013

When Canada’s Prime Minister meets European Commission President Barroso today, one thing is sure: he will not only seal a trade deal with the man representing the world’s largest economic block, he will also try to dissuade President...

Fixing EU biofuels policy

Blog entry by Sebastien Risso & Sini Harkki | September 9, 2013

The biofuel policy of the European Union is at a crossroads. Currently, an EU law mandates the use of biofuels largely made up of food crops that, instead of reducing emissions, have been shown to increase them. In trying to extinguish...

Debunking the Commission's claims on nuclear state aid

Blog entry by Andrea Carta | July 26, 2013

For the last week, the European Commission has been at pains to explain itself after leaked plans to change EU rules and allow European countries to provide direct state aid to nuclear power came under heavy fire. Chancellor...

Exclusive: Leaked nuclear state aid proposals spark controversy

Blog entry by Mark Breddy | July 19, 2013

The European Commission is facing controversy over plans to change existing rules and allow member states to provide direct state aid to nuclear power. The plans leaked to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung and seen by Greenpeace...

European Commission attempts to open door for subsidies to nuclear energy

Feature story | July 19, 2013 at 10:53

The European Commission is due to release new draft guidelines for subsidies in the fields of the environment and energy. The guidelines, which are being agreed internally by the Commission over the course of the summer, will be put to a public...

Global deforestation – Europe faces up to its dirty secret

Blog entry by Sebastien Risso | July 2, 2013

Have you ever wondered what the impact of one chocolate bar is? Or a tank-full of petrol? Or that hamburger you had for lunch? No, I don’t mean in calories; I am talking about impacts of a planet-wide nature. What we eat, the fuel we...

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