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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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Waste materials are an underused resource in the construction of Europe’s roads

DG ENV - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 16:22
Recycled waste material could play a major role in the construction of roads in Europe, bringing both environmental and economic benefits. A new study proposes a scenario where 50% of the asphalt for Europe’s roads consists of recycled materials, leading to significant reductions in costs, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Oilseed rape genes transfer from inside to outside of crop fields: study could aid GM risk assessment

DG ENV - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 16:22
This study is one of few to assess the genetic diversity of crops in an agroecosystem over several years. Researchers analysed the genetic makeup of oilseed rape plants within and outside crop fields over four years. They found similarity between cultivars of field plants in one year and those of feral plants (unplanted) in the following year. They also found persistence of the cultivars within the feral plants, which suggests that feral populations with genetically modified (GM) traits might result from persistent GM traits within field seed banks. The researchers say their findings could aid impact assessments of GM crops.
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Statement by European Commission President Juncker on the London attacks

Presidency - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 20:35
European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 22 March 2017 My thoughts are with London tonight, with the families of the victims, with the commuters travelling home, with the people across the country and the world trying to get in touch with their loved ones, with the emergency services working...
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Statement by President Juncker at the EU-Japan Leaders Meeting

Presidency - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:28
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 21 March 2017 Prime Minister, Dear Shinzō, It is the pleasure of Donald and myself to have you come here to Europe in what promises to be a historic year in relations between Japan and the European Union.
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Joint statement by Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Hogan and Commissioner Vella on World Water Day

Environment - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:20
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 21 March 2017 On World Water Day the European Commission promotes innovative water reuse, which is good for jobs, farms and the environment. On 22 March 2017, we celebrate World Water Day. We celebrate water.
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10th anniversary of the European Research Council - Speech by Commissioner Moedas

Research and Innovation - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 10:44
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 21 March 2017 Ladies and gentlemen. Good morning and welcome! Thank you for coming. Today's event is one of the most important in my tenure as a Commissioner for one simple reason: You are our jewel in the crown.
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Speech by President Juncker at the European Parliament on the European Council of 9 March and of the Informal Meeting of 27 Heads of State or Government

Presidency - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 11:30
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech Strasbourg, 15 March 2017 Presidente Tajani, Mr President of the European Council, Dear Donald, Presidente del Consiglio, dear Paolo, carissimo Paolo, When I am speaking Dutch it is better than the one of the President of the European Council, but...
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High soil carbon in Natura 2000 sites brings potential for climate-smart conservation

DG ENV - Thu, 09/03/2017 - 16:10
Natura 2000 sites have, on average, 10% more carbon in their topsoil than non-protected areas, according to new research. They also generally have lower economic value for agriculture. The results suggest that there is significant potential to develop win-win biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation efforts within the EU.
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European coastal regions at greatest risk from oil spills identified by new risk index

DG ENV - Thu, 09/03/2017 - 16:10
European Atlantic countries are, in general, at higher risk of being affected by oil spills than Mediterranean and Baltic countries, with the United Kingdom most affected, according to new research. The study developed a new risk index for analysing the potential vulnerability of coastal regions to oil spills at sea.
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Can supermarkets encourage customers to cut food waste through social media? Analysis of UK campaign shows mixed results

DG ENV - Thu, 09/03/2017 - 16:10
A study has evaluated three types of media campaign conducted by a large UK supermarket to encourage shoppers to reduce their food waste. These used social media, an e-newsletter and a print/digital magazine, respectively. Although they all appeared to lead to reductions in food waste to some extent, similar behavioural changes were also seen for customers who had not participated in any of the campaigns.
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Nanomaterial risk assessment frameworks and tools evaluated

DG ENV - Thu, 09/03/2017 - 16:10
A recent study has evaluated frameworks and tools used in Europe to assess the potential health and environmental risks of manufactured nanomaterials. The study identifies a trend towards tools that provide protocols for conducting experiments, which enable more flexible and efficient hazard testing. Among its conclusions, however, it notes that no existing frameworks meet all the study’s evaluation criteria and calls for a new, more comprehensive framework.
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2017 EU Prize for Women Innovators: Commission awards four outstanding entrepreneurs

Research and Innovation - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 19:49
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 March 2017 At an award ceremony in Brussels on International Women's Day, Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness announced the four winners of the 2017 Horizon 2020-funded EU Prize for Women Innovators.
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Joint statement following the Tripartite Social Summit

Presidency - Wed, 08/03/2017 - 17:23
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 8 March 2017 Joint statement by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, General-Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation Luca Visentini and President of BusinessEurope Emma Marcegaglia The Spring Social Summit...
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13-19 March: ERC Week to mark the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council

Research and Innovation - Mon, 06/03/2017 - 16:19
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: To mark its 10th anniversary, the European Research Council (ERC) is organising an "ERC week" on 13 - 19 March that will see more than 100 events taking place across Europe and beyond to promote the ERC's successful decade in funding some of...
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