YOUR opinion needed: Public Consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

[tweetmeme Our readers are invited to voice their opinions on a public consultation on the Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment, as amended) This Consultation is open to all EU citizens, stakeholders and organisations involved … Continue reading

News: 20 EU countries not implementing energy single market properly

[tweetmeme Brussels, 24 June 2010.  The European Commission has decided to send 35 separate requests to 20 Member States to implement and apply in full various aspects of EU legislation to create a Single Market for gas and electricity. These rules aim at increasing the capacity and transparency of gas and electricity markets. A properly … Continue reading

Food Security & Sustainability: the EU € 1 billion Food Facility

[tweetmeme Brussels, 15 June 2010.  With more than € 500 million already disbursed and 97 % of funds committed after only one year and a half from its adoption, the € 1 billion EU Food Facility has provided a fast and efficient response in tackling food insecurity. The Commission present today a booklet on the … Continue reading

EU Common Agricultural Policy Consultation is finished – thanks for your input!

[tweetmeme The EU Commission closed the internet-based public debate on the future of the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy, which we also hosted here on this site. In the course of the 3-month period, there have been more than 5 000 contributions received from the general public and various organisations. The most responses have come from … Continue reading

News: Europe launches major research effort to ensure food security in the face of climate change

[tweetmeme Brussels, 10th June 2010.  Twelve top scientists will meet in Paris today to prepare a European–level work programme to coordinate nationally funded research aimed at securing a safe and sustainable food supply. This is the first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and … Continue reading

Your Opinion Needed: Initiative to ensure integrity of EU wholesale energy markets

[tweetmeme Our readers are invited to give their opinions on the European Commission’s current initiative to ensure the integrity of wholesale energy markets in Europe.  The target groups for this consultation are public authorities, EU Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, citizens, consumer organisations, and environmental organisations. Wholesale energy markets are at the … Continue reading

A sea change for ocean management – A European strategy for marine and maritime research

[tweetmeme Reconciling maritime economic activities with preservation of marine ecosystems is one the major challenges of the European Union for the years to come. The new European strategy for Marine and Maritime Research adopted by the Commission in September 2008 is an essential pillar of the EU Maritime Policy. It will contribute to the preservation … Continue reading

News: 12 EU countries receive formal warnings for failures in water management

[tweetmeme Brussels, 3 June 2010.  The European Commission is sending a first warning to twelve Member States for failing to submit their plans for managing Europe’s river basins, as required by EU water legislation. The Member States involved are: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain. The river basin … Continue reading

News: Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece & Luxembourg in Court for failures in environmental law

[tweetmeme Brussels, 3 June 2010.  The European Commission is taking six Member States to the European Court of Justice for failing to transpose EU environmental legislation into their national laws. Court action is being taken against Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece and Luxembourg, following two earlier warnings. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “EU environmental law … Continue reading

News: Europe’s largest annual conference on biodiversity opens in Brussels

Brussels, 1 June 2010. Today sees the opening in Brussels of Europe’s largest annual conference on environment. This year’s event, coinciding with the International Year of Biodiversity, will concentrate on the immense variety of species and ecosystems that make up the extraordinary web of life on our planet. Green Week 2010 will address the current … Continue reading

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