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Joint statement by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk on the passing away of Liu Xiaobo

Presidency - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 19:00
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 13 July 2017 It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of the most prominent human rights defenders in China.
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New tool can help predict the impact of invasive alien species on native flora and fauna

DG ENV - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
Researchers have developed a new metric to predict the ecological impacts of invasive alien species. The metric was calculated for a number of known invasive alien species and successfully predicted their impact on native species. The tool could be used to help inform the global management of invasive alien species.
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A 50% renewable-energy smart-grid solution for the UK

DG ENV - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
A 50% renewable-energy supply, which is both profitable and secure, is possible for the UK’s electricity grid by just 2030 according to a new study. The researchers developed a plan for adapting and operating the UK’s electricity grid, designed to be flexibly controlled through smart-grid technology and to overcome uncertainties in renewable-energy supply and demand.
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Potentially toxic elements in European soils mapped by researchers

DG ENV - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
A new study has mapped levels of chemical elements found in European agricultural soils. In most places, unusually high concentrations are linked to geology, such as high levels of arsenic in the Massif Central in France. Human activity is to blame in some small areas, for example high concentrations of mercury were found near London and Paris. Abnormal concentrations, both too low and too high, could pose an environmental risk. This new data can be used in conjunction with the REACH Regulation1 and can help identify areas where action may be needed in relation to toxic elements in the environment.
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Renewable-energy technologies can help meet the increased cooling demand in cities due to climate change

DG ENV - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
The available and emerging renewable technologies suitable for urban environments have been assessed in a recent study. Wind and solar technology can now be integrated into building design, and smart grids and metering can more efficiently manage energy production and demand at a local level. Investing in community-level renewable-energy projects can, therefore, help meet the future energy needs of towns and cities.
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High soil carbon in Natura 2000 sites brings potential for climate-smart conservation

DG ENV - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
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, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
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, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
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, 13/07/2017 - 17:27
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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Commission calls for immediate suspension of logging in Poland's Białowieża Forest

Environment - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 12:01
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 13 July 2017 Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU and requests interim measures to stop logging operations in one of Europe's last remaining primeval forests.
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Speech by Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas on the occasion of the signing of the Belém Statement

Research and Innovation - Thu, 13/07/2017 - 10:26
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Lisbon, 13 July 2017 Minister(s) Heitor, Vitorino, Kassab, Pandor, Deputy Minister Dimov, ladies and gentlemen. Good morning, and welcome to today's conference. It is my real pleasure to welcome you today to Lisbon and to host this event.
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Statement* by President Juncker on the work of the Hamburg and German police at the G20

Presidency - Mon, 10/07/2017 - 13:57
European Commission - Statement StatementStatement Brussels, 10 July 2017 I want to thank the Hamburg and German Federal Police for their work during the G20 summit. The criticism voiced in hindsight is unjustified and incomprehensible. Every single police officer put their life at risk. This deserves recognition, not criticism.
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G20 Leaders ́ Declaration: Shaping an interconnected world

Presidency - Sat, 08/07/2017 - 16:57
European Commission - Statement Hamburg, 8 July 2017 Preamble: We, the Leaders of the G20, met in Hamburg, Germany on 7-8 July 2017 to address major global economic challenges and to contribute to prosperity and well-being.
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Press statement by President Juncker at the joint press conference with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council before the G20 summit

Presidency - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:12
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Hamburg, 7 July 2017 Dear Mr President Tusk, Dear Donald, Ladies and gentlemen, We are in Germany, so I will speak in German. Donald and I are glad to be in Hamburg today. We are being given a warm reception.
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Remarks by European Commission President Juncker at the joint press briefing with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, on the occasion of the EU-Japan Summit

Presidency - Thu, 06/07/2017 - 13:04
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 6 July 2017   Dear Shinzō, Dear Donald, Today we agreed in principle on a future Economic Partnership Agreement. The depth of this agreement goes beyond free trade. Its impact goes far beyond our shores.
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The EU at the G20 summit in Hamburg: Joint letter of Presidents Juncker and Tusk

Presidency - Wed, 05/07/2017 - 12:00
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 4 July 2017 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk have today sent a joint letter to EU Heads of State or Government, setting out the EU priorities for the G20 Summit which takes place on 7-8 July in Hamburg, Germany:  ...
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Closing speech by Commissioner Moedas at the conference "Research & Innovation – Shaping Our Future"

Research and Innovation - Mon, 03/07/2017 - 17:45
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 3 July 2017 Ladies and gentlemen, This has been a great day we have spent together. I have learnt a lot.I want to thank everyone who spoke today for sharing their views.
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Speech by Commission President Juncker at the European Ceremony of Honour for former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl and Honorary Citizen of Europe

Presidency - Sat, 01/07/2017 - 18:12
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Strasbourg, 1 July 2017 Mr President of the European Parliament, Your Majesties, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, and, for many of you here in the hall, dear friends: Today we are saying goodbye to the German and European...
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Remarks by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the joint press conference with Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, on the occasion of the visit of the College of Commissioners to the Estonian Presidency

Presidency - Fri, 30/06/2017 - 10:47
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Tallinn, 30 June 2017 Dear Jüri, Ladies and Gentlemen, Tere hommikust! For those who are not fluent in Estonian, that means "good morning". I would like to start by thanking my good friend Jüri for his very warm welcome to Tallinn.
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Speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Ceremony marking the beginning of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Presidency - Thu, 29/06/2017 - 18:34
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Tallinn, 29 June 2017   Madam President, Dear Prime Minister, Dear President Tusk, Dear Estonian Vice-President of the European Commission, well-known in this country, dear Andrus, Ladies and Gentlemen, Tere õhtust! For those who are less fluent in Estonian than...
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