New Initiative to Promote Alternative Packaging to Single Use Plastic

CEPI, the European association representing the paper industry, has established a new alliance called 4evergreen. The aim of the alliance is to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimises climate and environmental impact.   It is not specifically aiming to compete with the plastics industry, but it will…

EP Completes Hearings for New Commission Nominees

The Conference of Presidents (President Sassoli and political groups’ leaders) closed the hearings process today. Parliament will vote on the new Commission on 27 November. After the meeting, European Parliament President David Sassoli said: “During the last two months, the European Parliament has played its democratic role, scrutinising the performances of the proposed Commissioners closely….

EPP Congress in Zagreb

The EPP Group has “wholeheartedly congratulated” Donald Tusk on his election as new President of the European People’s Party at the EPP Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. “Donald Tusk is the face of a modern Poland. A true Christian Democrat, he stands for a democratic Europe that is united from North to South and East to…

OCEAN2020 Launches First Sea Demonstration

The OCEAN2020 project, managed by a 42 partner consortium from 15 EU countries, has successfully launched its first sea demonstration in the Gulf of Taranto, Italy.  The OCEAN2020 Live Sea Demonstration involves a total of 9 unmanned assets and six naval units from Italy, Spain, Greece and France.  The deployment of manned and unmanned systems,…

UK Election Campaign

UK party leaders have defended their Brexit policies ahead of the UK election in December. The first televised debates between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn took place. Brexit dominated the first half of  the debate and the two leaders each had important messages to get across on the vexed topic. David Shiels, of the leading UK based…

Donald Tusk: President of EPP

Newly elected President of the EPP Donald Tusk gave a wide ranging speech las week to mark the start of the new academic year at the College of Europe in Bruges – and a farewell to his role as President of the European Council On Brexit, he said he “did everything in my power to avoid…

The Fight Against Climate Crisis: Volunteers Welcome

The world is facing climate crisis and needs all the help it can get. But amazingly some countries are still playing political football with the environment – not because they are climate change deniers, but because they want to exclude willing volunteers for their own selfish political reasons and prevent certain countries from joining the…