Her remit is broad. "Europe has to be competitive by setting and keeping to its really high environmental standards," said Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska. "We have to lead to the situation when industrialisation and environmentally friendly development aren’t contrary."
Outdated European Union rules on low energy appliances, such as dishwashers and refrigerators, are among a welter of green laws the new European Commission is proposing to review or scrap, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.
EXCLUSIVE: In a letter to the President of the European Parliament and to the Italian Presidency obtained by EurActiv, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposes a better coordinated working program of EU institutions and fleshes out the 10 priorities he has identified for 2015.
Though diabetes treatment and prevention have improved in recent years, EU member states are too slow when it comes to proper implementation and monitoring of policies. This means that Europe is losing the battle against the growing diabetes epidemic, according to a new study.
With European Union governments divided, a decision on whether to tighten economic sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict is likely to be left to EU leaders, who next meet in mid-December, diplomats said on Thursday (13 November).
British nationals who become foreign fighters abroad could be prevented from returning home under tough new laws to deal with jihadists fighting in conflicts like Iraq and Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.
A new counter-terrorism bill will also prevent airlines that do not comply with Britain's no-fly lists or security screening measures from landing on its territory, Cameron said in an address to Australia's parliament.
Although there are no scientific grounds to ban fracking, shale gas will do little to solve Europe’s energy supply security problems, according to a new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).
Best practices have “greatly reduced the environmental footprint of shale gas fracturing,” the EASAC said, claiming that risks can be appropriately managed.
The Luxleaks scandal has exposed the methods used by many multinationals to avoid or minimise their tax payments. The time is right for the EU to end corporate secrecy through a public register of beneficial owners of companies, writes Christian Hallum.
In its 2015 World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency expressed its concern at fossil fuel subsidies, the dismantling of nuclear power stations and the 80% increase in demand for electricity by 2040. EurActiv France reports.
The function of Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission "has ceased to exist", Anne Glover confirmed yesterday (13 November) but that does not mean the position will not be re-established by the new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EurActiv understands.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has not yet decided whether to replace the role of former chief scientific adviser (CSA) Anne Glover when she leaves the EU executive next year.
“President Juncker believes in independent scientific advice," said Commission spokesman Mina Andreeva.
Numerous German aid organisations are blaming the Merkel government for failing to keep its financial commitments on development policy, with some NGOs going so far as to call the budget a scandal in light of Germany’s top economic status. EurActiv Germany reports.
A former Tory MP who is now working for a leading plastic manufacturer is facing claims the business is exploiting its employees' links to the British Conservatives to block a ban on plastic bags at European Union level.
Margrete Auken, a Danish MEP pushing for a ban on oxo-biodegradable plastic bags, has accused Symphony Environmental Technologies of using its links to the UK Conservative-led government to orchestrate an EU blocking minority against her bag ban in the EU Council of Ministers.
The European Parliament gave the green light to the EU-Moldova Association Agreement today (13 November), the first economic and political cooperation pact with a visa-free regime between a former Soviet state and the EU since the start of the Ukraine crisis.
Moldova is the first former Soviet country to enjoy such an agreement. Georgia is in talks over a similar deal. Ukraine signed their equivalent in September but, on the request of Russia, it will not be implemented until the end of 2015.
Research and development can open the EU to new ideas and technologies that can help us manage cheaper energy costs, cheaper industry costs, and a cleaner and safer environment for all the EU. If anything we have to increase funding in R&D, not cut it, says Victor Negrescu.
Victor Negrescu is a Romanian MEP, and member of the Budget Committee.
Europe's economy would benefit from a greater role of women and young people. How can these two groups help Europe move from survival mode to growth and jobs in Europe? What role can innovation play?
The Stability and Growth pact never tied governments to the mast of fiscal consolidation. Nor did it encourage governments to lead on structural economic reforms, it is time to rethink and reset the numerical ceilings of the pact, writes Matthias Bauer.
Austerity measures dictated by Berlin and the IMF, have saved several European economies, but have otherwise produced mixed results. Miguel Otero-Iglesias says that in order to remedy this situation, Germany must take an extra step, and reward countries like Spain, in exchange for accepting its disciplinary dictates.
Miguel Otero-Iglesias is senior analyst for the European Economy at Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid.
Often those who write the technical specifications of tenders play a key role in the corruption schemes for public procurement, the Chief Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania (DNA) Laura Codruța Kövesi told EurActiv Romania.
The EU's recent Baltic Sea agenda for sustainable Blue Growth aims at making growth and a healthy marine environment ”go hand in hand”, towards a future where both areas prosper. But if the merger of economic growth with environmental health is to be successful in the Baltic Sea region, policymakers at all levels must base their decisions and measures on the best available scientific knowledge about the marine environment, write Tina Elfwing and Christoph Humborg.
We are only just embarking, casting-off, on Europe's great journey towards a new era of disruptive innovation, writes Carlos Moedas.
Carlos Moedas is the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
Cars are not as fuel efficient and environmentally friendly as officially described by the carmakers, a Transport and Environment (T&E) report has found. The reality is different due to flaws in the testing system.