Taiwan’s World Leading Vertical Farm

TSAI Wenchin is a man with a vision. He is radically rethinking agriculture for the 21st century and inspiring healthier eating habits. He is the founder of the world’s largest vertical farm “YesHealth” Agri-Biotechnology Co. Ltd located to the South of Taipei in Taiwan. His mission is to produce sustainable vegetables that are fresh, nutritious,…

Fake News in South East Asia

On the streets of provincial cities in Taiwan, election posters are already being displayed in anticipation of Taiwan’s general election due to be held on 11 January next year. The current President of Taiwan TSAI Ingwen from the Democratic People’s Party is seeking re-election in the Presidential contest. Simultaneously elections will be held for the…

EIB urged to cut back on investment in fossil fuels infrastructure

A new inquiry published by a widely read digital Spanish paper reveals how Spain came to have the most luxurious gas infrastructure in Europe, with huge overcapacity, largely funded by the consumer. This fight echoes a wider battle across the EU over the role of gas in the energy transition, where EU decision makers are continuing to support…

EP Calls for Greater Tax Disclosure by Corporations

MEPs have adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country. The resolution, adopted by 572 votes in favour, 42 against and 21 abstentions, urges member states to agree a position on the legislative proposal requiring public country-by-country reporting of taxes paid…

Increased Aid for Refugees in Bosnia Herzegovina

With winter approaching and thousands of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina living outside of adequate facilities, the European Commission has  announced an additional €2 million in humanitarian aid.  This brings EU humanitarian aid in the country to €5.8 million since 2018. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “Winter is coming and…

Fishing Quotas in North Sea Reviewed

Ahead of the 16-17 December Council meeting on Fisheries, the Commission has adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities in 2020 for 72 stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea. For 32 stocks the fishing quota is either increased or remains the same; for 40 stocks the quota is reduced.  The fishing opportunities, or Total Allowable Catches…

European Parliament Adopts Resolutions on Human Rights in Egypt, Uganda and Indonesia

The European Parliament has adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Egypt, Uganda and Indonesia. Egypt The European Parliament strongly condemns the latest state crackdown on peaceful anti-government protests, as well as the ongoing restrictions on fundamental rights in the country. Egyptian authorities have in the past weeks arbitrarily arrested over…

ECA challenges European Commission’s strategy for strategic investment

The European Commission is due to allocate more than €3.3 billion to support investments in innovative start-ups through venture capital funds between 2014 and 2022, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).  So far, however, the Commission has not yet carried out a comprehensive assessment of market needs or absorption capacity. Moreover, it has provided only limited…

Health groups call for regulation of flame retardants

A new study by a group of US scientists compared two groups of flame retardants – respectively polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPFRs) – for a number of properties and warns that replacing the former by the latter is likely a regrettable substitution. Significant evidence of the links between exposure to…