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2008-09-25 12:40:00

In a surprising backlash on Thursday against the motor industry's efforts to ease its burden in the fight against climate change, European Union lawmakers rejected a bid to delay planned limits on carbon dioxide emissions from cars.German Green group member Rebecca Harms said it was a big surprise. "There was a big fight with industry and governments, and the Germans and French were adding a lot of pressure."German conservative lawmakers said the proposal threatened billions of euros of...

2008-09-18 15:00:37

University at Albany, Institute for Health and the Environment - The European Parliament has voted 522 to 16 to recommend tighter safety standards for cell phones. In light of the growing body of scientific evidence implicating cell phone use with brain tumors, the Parliament says, "The limits on exposure to electromagnetic fields [EMFs] which have been set for the general public are obsolete." The European Parliament "is greatly concerned at the Bio-Initiative international report...

2008-09-09 12:00:15

Text of press release by International Press Institute on 9 September The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 120 countries, urges the European Commission to give due consideration to the draft EU Global Online Freedom Act (EU GOFA), recently introduced by a cross-party coalition of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), including Dutch MEP Jules Maaten. The EU GOFA would, if it were to become European...

2008-09-02 03:00:23

By Sixsmith, Rachel The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) is stepping up efforts to raise awareness worldwide of the global impact of EU proposals to introduce cut-off criteria and substitution of crop-protection products. The trade organisation, which represents the UK's fresh produce sector - including home-grown and imported products - is lobbying MEPs, embassies across the globe and worldwide trade associations to call for a comprehensive impact assessment of the proposals. So far it has...

2008-08-14 12:00:43

By ARI SYRQUIN A competition for providers of communication services via satellite across Europe was launched last week by the European Commission. European officials say satellite operators will, for the first time, be able to offer services such as high-speed data, mobile TV, disaster relief and remote medical services under a single European selection procedure, instead of under 27 different national systems. Reportedly, this is made possible by a new EU decision on mobile...

2008-07-31 00:00:00

In Brussels, a huge row is taking place over new regulations governing the use of pesticides. The European Parliament has submitted proposals which could lead to up to 80 per cent of pesticides being banned, and Michel Barnier, the French Agriculture Minister has called for a 50 per cent reduction in their use. With the French taking over the Presidency of the EU, they are likely to try to steer a very restrictive pesticide package through the Council of Ministers. Pesticide use is always...

2008-07-18 03:00:36

By Anonymous Grower associations will urge their members to write en masse to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), following the decision by EU farm ministers on Monday to approve new pesticide registration proposals from the European Commission. The proposals include hazard- based "cut off criteria" outlawing pesticides that contain active ingredients that are deemed to be hazardous. Currently, registration of pesticides is approached on a riskassessment basis, which takes into...

2008-07-10 03:00:28

German energy group Wintershall has welcomed the European Parliament's resolution which reiterated the importance of the Nord Stream pipeline project in securing Europe's future energy supply. In its resolution, the European Parliament pointed out that the Nord Stream pipeline is necessary in order to be able to cover the future natural gas requirement of the European Union (EU) countries. It is anticipated that in the coming decade the EU's supply gap will increase to at least 110...

2008-06-29 06:02:31

By Sixsmith, Rachel As the EU prepares new pesticide legislation, the UK industry expresses concerns over its potential effects New proposals on pesticide use by the European Parliament would render many horticultural crops "uneconomic to grow", a report by the UK's Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) has claimed. The report assessed the impact that the proposed replacement to the Plant Protection Products Directive (91/414/EEC) would have on 300 widely used products. Directive 91/414,...

2008-06-19 06:00:31

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a proposal to completely unbundle the electricity distribution assets of European energy companies, in a bid to boost competition and ensure lower prices, according to the Daily Telegraph. The news source reported that a compromise plan has been reached at the European Council of Ministers meeting in June 2008, to let energy companies retain ownership of the distribution networks under separate ownership entities, instead of the original plan...


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