Environment

We are all concerned about the air we breathe, the water we use and the food we eat.

Plastic bags

New rules to dramatically reduce use of environment-damaging bags get all-clear

The European Parliament today voted to give final approval to new EU rules to reduce plastic bag use. The new rules oblige EU governments to adopt measures to drastically reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags. Commenting after the vote, Green MEP Margrete Auken, the European Parliament's...


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Regulatory Cooperation In TTIP

What does it mean for the future of our food and democracy?

Report from the discussion with Sharon Treat on US legislators' perspectives on the ongoing TTIP negotiations on regulatory cooperation for food policies  On 14th April as we approached the  Global Action Day on TTIP, MEPs from across the political spectrum welcomed Sharon Treat[i],...


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GMO approvals

EU Commission continues down slippery slope of easing way for GMOs in Europe

The European Commission today presented a proposal for a new scheme of renationalising decisions on GMOs in the EU. The proposals would introduce the possibility for EU member states to restrict trade of GMOs within their territory without touching the authorisation procedure for GMOs as such. Comme...


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Issue n°11 April 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY End of Milk Quota: Greens support small producers and call for a crisis management scheme TTIP: a major concern for the future of our food and democracy FOOD FOR THOUGHT Eating from the Farm - A report by Friends of the Earth Europe on the social, enviro...


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Biofuels, land use and climate

Problems with EU biofuels policy prolonged under compromised new rules

The European Parliament's environment committee today voted to endorse an agreement reached between the Parliament and EU governments on new EU rules on biofuels. The rules had aimed at curbing the negative impact on the climate associated with indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuel producti...


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The Bee2Bees Project

Open Data for Healthy Bees

Bees play a crucial role as pollinators: a third of our foods depend on them. But bees are in crisis: numbers of domesticated honeybees as well as wild bees are in steep decline due to increased mortality in bee colonies.


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EU milk quota end

Crisis management remains necessary

The EU milk quota system, which has been in place for 30 years, will end today. From 1 April on, there will be no instrument governing production quantities for dairy products in the EU. The European Parliament is currently drafting a report on the consequences of this and the possible alternatives....


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Pesticide Action Week 20-30 March

How TTIP threatens to lower standards of protection from toxic pesticides

On 28 December, right before the sixth round of negotiations on the TTIP trade deal, American and European pesticide lobby groups CropLife America and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), made recommendations for TTIP negotiators to consider on regulatory convergence. These lobby groups ...


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Pesticide Action Week

No Pesticides, No GMOs

As pesticide action week is set to begin, one may reflect on the fact that GMOs have been sold primarily as a way of reducing the use of pesticides. Shouldn't we then celebrate this way to reduce our pesticide addiction and embrace a great new agricultural technology? The first point to consider i...


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The New Hungarian Nuclear Investment, Paks

19.03.2015

LIVE - Hearing

The building of the new Paks 2 nuclear power plant in Hungary, is not simply the matter of the country's own bad choice of energy mix, but the Hungarian Government's actions are in conflict not only with European principles and values in general, but most probably with European law as well.


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EU summit

Flagship energy union project risks being stillborn

EU heads of state and government will meet for a summit on Thursday and Friday, with proposals for a European energy union and relations with Russia at the top of the agenda. Ahead of the summit, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said: "The energy union should be a f...


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Issue n°10 March 2015

GREEN INSIGHT INTO EU FOOD POLICY Cloning for farming purposes: Greens ask the Commission to come with better proposal EU seed marketing regulation fully withdrawn: The Greens say thank you to the seed savers community. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Food Community supported programmes in the spotlig...


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