Call to Safeguard the Marine Environment

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Photo by Milos Prelevic on Unsplash The Brussels-based European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs a new and strengthened governance of the oceans. It calls for increased international cooperation, the safeguarding of the well-being of the marine environment and the protection of fish stocks from overfishing, given their vital importance for local communities. Increased international cooperation in order…

Dealing with Hazardous Waste

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Despite EU action to reduce its generation, the amount of hazardous waste generated in the EU has continued to increase since 2004. A review published today by the European Court of Auditors sheds light on existing and future challenges in dealing with hazardous waste: improving classification, ensuring traceability, increasing recycling, and combating…

Good Cop, Bad Cop

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Photo by Carlos “Grury” Santos on Unsplash Climate change is the biggest issue facing the future of our planet. As President of COP26 in Glasgow last year it was UK Cabinet member Alok Sharma who secured world-wide agreement of a realistic programme to address it. Sharma would later condemn the Egyptian President of COP27 from failing to build…

Social Climate Fund

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Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash The Social Climate Fund was proposed by the European Commission in July 2021 and revised by the Council of the European Union in June 2022.  The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has been asked by the Council to deliver an opinion on the revised proposal. The Social Climate Fund has the potential…

Electrification: Alarming New ETUI Report

Electrification has simply substituted dieselisation, without any change in the business model or in the EU regulatory framework, reveals an alarming ETUI report.  The ‘Fit for 55’ revision of the CO2 regulation for new cars and vans will not only keep reinforcing the trend towards heavier and more powerful vehicles but it will also drastically…

Underwater Noise to be Regulated

Ilaria Di Silvestre

The EU Commission has set new limits for underwater noise—a growing threat to the health and lives of whales, dolphins and many other marine species. The move is hailed as a significant step to help Member States achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) for the ocean in their jurisdiction. “This is a necessary and long awaited…

Fish Need Protection

The European Commission has received a petition signed by 150,000 people, asking for new standards to protect fish welfare. Over the next few months, the Commission will be reviewing the EU laws for many farmed animals.  Compassion in World Farming, a Brussels based campaign group, says it wants to ensure that specific standards for farmed…