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French climate envoy sees ‘change of perception’ in Russia

13 Mai, 2015 - 15:14

Nicolas Hulot, France’s special envoy for the protection of the planet, says he was “greatly surprised” by the changing attitudes in Russia towards climate change, saying any potential blockage at this year’s UN climate conference in Paris is unlikely to come from Moscow.

Satirist: Technology is challenging cartoonists

13 Mai, 2015 - 14:21

SPECIAL REPORT: The Charlie Hebdo atrocity has given cartoonists a renewed sense of mission, even if they sense more danger, according to graphic art professor Vincent Baudoux. However, the situation is very different in the Middle East, and the internet – capable of beaming cartoons around the world instantaneously – is posing new challenges to Western cartoonists.

TTIP falters after Senate blocks Obama on free-trade initiative

13 Mai, 2015 - 13:46

US Senate Democrats dealt a clear setback to Barack Obama on Tuesday (12 May), blocking a measure that would have given the president a free hand to swiftly negotiate trade accords.

Denmark partners with tech companies to take on piracy

13 Mai, 2015 - 11:36

The Danish Ministry of Culture announced last week (8 May) that it's organising a campaign to target pirated content on the internet, partnering on a voluntary basis with internet service providers and tech companies, including Google and Microsoft.

Parliament makes ‘final offer’ on novel foods, cloning

13 Mai, 2015 - 09:01

European Parliament negotiators have tabled what they described as their “final offer” on the EU’s proposed Novel Foods regulation, warning they will not compromise any further with EU member states.

Brexit battle will be won, or lost, on the economy

13 Mai, 2015 - 07:58

The British are not emotionally attached to the European Union, so Brussels needs to show them that the EU can compete with other major economies in the run-up to the UK's referendum on its membership of the bloc. While issues like democracy, immigration and the EU budget will play a big part in the referendum campaign, it's "the economy, stupid", writes Syed Kamall.

Syed Kamall is the chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament and a Conservative MEP for London.

Europe's well of sympathy for Greece runs dry

13 Mai, 2015 - 07:38

When radical leftist Alexis Tsipras stormed to victory in Greece's general election in late January, he briefly became an icon of the European left.

WHO findings on weed killer will not speed up EU safety review

13 Mai, 2015 - 07:34

EU regulators will not accelerate a decision on whether to restrict use of the world's most widely used weed killer, even though it has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organisation (WHO), officials said on Tuesday (12 May).

Renewable energy vital for internet lifestyles says Greenpeace

13 Mai, 2015 - 07:31

A Greenpeace report released on Tuesday (12 May) accused utilities of hampering efforts to use renewable energy to power data centres needed for services hosted in the cloud.

Moving EU money to Juncker Plan could hurt transport investment

13 Mai, 2015 - 07:25

Reallocating Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon2020 money to the Juncker Investment Plan could prevent sustainable urban and public transport infrastructure getting the finance it needs, write Alain Flausch and Karen Vancluysen.

Alain Flausch, is secretary general of UITP, which represents more than 400 urban, suburban and regional public transport operators and authorities from all member states. Karen Vancluysen, is POLIS secretary general. POLIS is the network of over 65 cities and regions working on innovative urban mobility.

Record growth for German fair trade products

13 Mai, 2015 - 07:00

German consumers spent considerably more money on fair trade products last year, with only British customers spending more in the EU, ahead of the introduction of a pioneer fair trade label on sustainable clothes in the Federal Republic. EurActiv Germany reports.

NGOs fear 'better regulation' could hurt environment

13 Mai, 2015 - 06:47

More than 100 environmental NGOs said on Tuesday (12 May) that they feared the European Commission may use its better regulation programme to cut nature protection laws. 

Britain rejects migrant resettlement plan

13 Mai, 2015 - 06:32

The United Kingdom said on Tuesday (12 May) it would not participate in any quota scheme to distribute refugees across EU countries, preferring instead to focus its efforts on tackling traffickers.

The European Commission plans to legislate before the end of the year to ensure the burden of housing immigrants is shared across the bloc, according to binding quotas based on criteria such as economic health and population.

INFOGRAPHIC: The facts about asylum seekers in Europe

13 Mai, 2015 - 06:24

Although Germany and Sweden are not front-line countries exposed to immigration, they were among those receiving the largest number of asylum seekers in 2014.

G7 energy ministers optimistic about UN climate treaty

13 Mai, 2015 - 06:19

Prospects for achieving a global climate deal by the end of this year are good, according to Germany's Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel who said he had never seen so much agreement among the G7 states. EurActiv Germany reports.

National Front more divided than ever

12 Mai, 2015 - 17:33

Jean-Marie Le Pen has announced plans to establish his own political group, deepening the rift within the French National Front. EurActiv France reports

Greg Hands given key role as Cameron mulls early EU referendum

12 Mai, 2015 - 17:31

David Cameron could bring the UK referendum forward to next year following his surprise victory in last week’s (7 May) UK election, and has appointed a new minister to play a key role in negotiations.

The UK prime minister may seek to hold the poll next year, despite a manifesto pledge to stage it before the end of 2017.

Cameron's government may use the momentum from its win to bring the vote forward, avoiding clashes with French and German national elections due in Spring 2017.

EU court rejects commissioner's claim he was forced to resign

12 Mai, 2015 - 12:08

A court on Tuesday (12 May) rejected ex-health commissioner John Dalli's claim that he had been forced to resign over a tobacco-linked influence probe.

The General Court of the European Union ruled that Dalli had resigned of his own accord during a 2012 meeting with then-Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and rejected his bid for compensation.

"The court finds that it is established to the requisite legal standard that Mr. Dalli resigned orally during the meeting," said the court, which is second only to the European Court of Justice.

Clarity of election good for UK and good for Europe

12 Mai, 2015 - 10:40

Following the Conservative party's victory in last week's UK general election, a referendum on EU membership before 2017 is now certain. According to Tom Parker, this knowledge, and the scale of the victory provides a certain level of certainty for business.

Tom Parker, managing director of Cambre-Associates, a European advocacy and communications firm.

Parliament must bar toxic cadmium from Europe

12 Mai, 2015 - 10:23

TVs containing cadmium are no longer available in Europe since a ban was decided under the 2002 Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. But cadmium could return via the back door following intense lobbying efforts by some manufacturers, writes Michael Edelman.

By Michael Edelman, CEO United Kingdom-based Nanoco Group plc, a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials.