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Noise abatement approaches

DG ENV - Thu, 20/04/2017 - 21:12
As the sources and severity of noise pollution continue to grow, there is a need for new approaches to reduce exposure. This Future Brief looks at the complex and pervasive problem of noise pollution: a problem with no single solution, requiring a combination of short-, medium- and long-term approaches and careful consideration of the nature of the noise source.
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Statement by President Juncker, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn on the referendum in Turkey

Presidency - Sun, 16/04/2017 - 22:40
European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 16 April 2017 President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn issued the following statement today: "We take note...
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Wednesday 3 May: the European Commission welcomes the Estonian government ahead of its presidency of the EU

Presidency - Wed, 12/04/2017 - 14:50
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: The Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, together with Members of his Government, will pay a visit to the European Commission on Wednesday 3 May 2017. After a bilateral meeting between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Mr Ratas, the Commission Members and...
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Bank On Nature: First loan agreement backed by Natural Capital Financing Facility signed in Brussels

Environment - Tue, 11/04/2017 - 15:04
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 11 April 2017 The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have announced the first loan agreement backed by the Natural Capital Financing Facility. The EUR 6 million loan agreement with Rewilding Europe Capital is expected to provide support for over 30 nature-focused...
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Bank On Nature: First loan agreement backed by Natural Capital Financing Facility signed in Brussels

Environment - Tue, 11/04/2017 - 15:04
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 11 April 2017 Q&A on the Natural Capital Financing Facility and Rewilding Europe Capital What is the Natural Capital Financing Facility? The Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF) is a financial instrument that combines EIB financing and European Commission funding under the LIFE Programme, the...
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Statement by President Juncker following the attacks in Stockholm

Presidency - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 16:36
European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 7 April 2017   Our thoughts are with the people of Sweden following the tragic events in Stockholm today. On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to salute the...
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Statement by President Juncker on the Situation in Syria

Presidency - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 12:09
European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 7 April 2017 A horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians struck Khan Shaykhun on 4 April. Last night, in response, the US launched air strikes on Shayrat Airfield.
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Livestock worming treatments can reduce seed germination of grassland species

DG ENV - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 14:41
A common anti-parasitic drug used to control gastrointestinal worms in livestock has been shown to inhibit seed germination of three common grassland species. This recent study is the first to show that anthelmintics may negatively affect plant regeneration. The researchers say that treatments should be carefully timed in order to avoid the strongest impact of the drugs on germination and the consequential negative affect on grassland regeneration.
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Responding to floods in Europe: new framework assesses effectiveness of Flood Emergency Management Systems

DG ENV - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 14:41
A new framework has been developed to assess how effective Flood Emergency Management Systems (FEMS) are in Europe. Examining FEMS in five European countries, this study highlights the strengths and weaknesses of existing systems and makes recommendations for improving their effectiveness, particularly in relation to institutional learning, community preparedness and recovery.
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Ocean acidification puts Norwegian fishing industry at risk

DG ENV - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 14:41
Fishing in most of Norway’s counties is at ‘moderate’ to ‘high’ risk from ocean acidification, concludes a new study. The researchers reached this conclusion with the use of an integrated risk-assessment method that accounts for environmental, economic and social factors within the 19 counties. They call for immediate action to protect the fishing industry against the effects of ocean acidification.
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Rapid and significant sea-level rise expected if global warming exceeds 2°C, with global variation

DG ENV - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 14:41
The world could experience the highest ever global sea-level rise in the history of human civilisation if global temperature rises exceed 2 °C, predicts a new study. Under current carbon-emission rates, this temperature rise will occur around the middle of this century, with damaging effects on coastal businesses and ecosystems, while also triggering major human migration from low-lying areas. Global sea-level rise will not be uniform, and will differ for different points of the globe.
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Speech by President Juncker at the EP Plenary session on the negotiations with the UK following its notification to withdraw from the European Union

Presidency - Wed, 05/04/2017 - 11:31
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech Strasbourg, 5 April 2017 Mister President, Buongiorno, Honourable Members, Mister President of the Council, Ladies and Gentlemen, There is no better place to start the debate on our negotiations with the United Kingdom, than in the place where they are...
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Letter of congratulations from Presidents Juncker and Tusk to Aleksandar Vučić on his election as President of Serbia

Presidency - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 13:47
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 3 April 2017 Dear Prime Minister,   We would like to congratulate you on your election as President of Serbia, confirming the strong support you enjoy among the population of your country.
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Statement by the European Council* (Art. 50) on the UK notification

Presidency - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 14:10
European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 29 March 2017 Today, the European Council received a letter from the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, notifying the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union.
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Remarks by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the joint press point with Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia

Presidency - Tue, 28/03/2017 - 19:03
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 28 March 2017 Prime Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is the third time – we think – that we are meeting. I am delighted to welcome the Prime Minister back here to Brussels on a historic day for the people of...
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Speech by President Juncker at the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome celebration – A new chapter for our Union: shaping the future of EU 27

Presidency - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 12:10
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech Rome, 25 March 2017 Presidente del Consiglio, Carissimo Presidente Napolitano – one of the greatest Europeans of our time, Cari amici, Dear friends, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is now exactly 60 years ago that the Treaties of Rome – signed...
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Rome Declaration of the Leaders of 27 Member States and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission

Presidency - Sat, 25/03/2017 - 11:59
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 25 March 2017 Declaration of the Leaders of 27 Member States and of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission The Rome Declaration   We, the Leaders of 27 Member States and of EU institutions, take pride in the achievements of the European Union:...
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Statement by President Juncker on Prime Minister Tsipras' letter on the occasion of the Social Summit

Presidency - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 16:03
European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Rome, 24 March 2017 I have read the letter of the Prime Minister with great attention. I can sympathise with the European spirit and with the plea for a return to normality after so many efforts by the Greek people.
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Environmental DNA in rivers can assess broad-scale biodiversity

DG ENV - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 16:22
Traces of animals’ DNA in the environment, known as environmental DNA (eDNA), can be monitored to paint a picture of biodiversity, new research shows. This study used eDNA to assess biodiversity in an entire river catchment in Switzerland. Importantly, the eDNA technique allowed the researchers to detect both aquatic and land-based species in river water, making it possible to assess biodiversity over a broad scale.
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Combinations of veterinary antibiotics may harm algae

DG ENV - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 16:22
Combinations of antibiotics used in veterinary medicine could harm the growth of algal communities when they pass into water bodies from treated livestock, according to recent European research. Algae play vital roles in ecosystems by cycling nutrients and producing energy from photosynthesis; veterinary use of antibiotics should, therefore, be monitored in the environment, including for any biological impacts on algal species, the study recommends.
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