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Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

Environment - Mon, 28/05/2018 - 11:49
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2018 With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost...
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Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

Research and Innovation - Mon, 28/05/2018 - 11:48
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 May 2018 Questions & Answers Why is the Commission proposing a new Directive to tackle marine litter? More than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules that target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found...
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Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

Environment - Mon, 28/05/2018 - 11:48
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 May 2018 Questions & Answers Why is the Commission proposing a new Directive to tackle marine litter? More than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules that target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found...
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Press statement by President Jean-Claude Juncker with Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, in front of the EU stand on the day of celebration of the 100th anniversary of Georgia's First Democratic Republic

Presidency - Sat, 26/05/2018 - 20:51
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Tbilisi, 26 May 2018   Dear Giorgi,   I am delighted to see the European Union playing such a full and visible role on this very special day for Georgia. I am very proud that the Prime Minister was and is visiting...
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Speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the ceremony of celebration of the 100th anniversary of Georgia's First Democratic Republic

Presidency - Sat, 26/05/2018 - 11:20
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Tbilisi, 26 May 2018   Mister President, Mister Prime Minister, Mister Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends,   It is a great honour indeed to be with you here today on this very emotional occasion.
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Circular Economy: New rules will make EU the global front-runner in waste management and recycling

Environment - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 12:59
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 May 2018 Today EU Member States approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU's wider circular economy policy. The new rules - based on Commission's proposals part of the Circular Economy...
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Commission welcomes green light to start trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand

Presidency - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 10:11
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 22 May 2018 The Commission welcomes today's adoption by the Council of the negotiating directives for free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand. The preparations – which included an impact assessment for both agreements – are now complete and formal negotiations can begin.
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Press conference remarks by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission at the Informal Leaders' Meeting/Western Balkans Summit in Sofia

Presidency - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 18:38
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Sofia, 17 May 2018 Thank you, Donald. Once again, I would like to join the large camp of those who are congratulating the Bulgarian Presidency for its numerous efforts and for the excellent organisation of the meeting we had yesterday and today.
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Commission refers Austria to Court over hunting of wild birds

Environment - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 12:16
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 17 May 2018 The European Commission has decided to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for allowing the hunt of woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) during its reproductive period in the Land of Lower Austria, in breach of the EU rules on...
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Europe on the Move: Questions & Answers on the Commission's initiatives

Climate Action - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 12:11
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 17 May 2018 Questions & Answers 1. Overview & expected benefits Why is the Commission proposing these new initiatives? Transport plays a central role in our daily lives and the EU's economy.
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Europe on the Move: Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility

Research and Innovation - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 12:10
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 May 2018 The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system. In his State of the Union address of September 2017, President Juncker set out a goal for the EU and its industries to become...
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Europe on the Move: Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility

Climate Action - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 12:10
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 May 2018 The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system. In his State of the Union address of September 2017, President Juncker set out a goal for the EU and its industries to become...
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Air quality: Commission takes action to protect citizens from air pollution

Environment - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 12:08
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 May 2018 The Commission is standing up for Europeans' need to breathe clean air. The Commission is providing national, regional and local actors with practical help to improve air quality in Europe, and stepping up its enforcement against 7 Member States who have...
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A renewed agenda for Research and Innovation: Europe's chance to shape the future

Research and Innovation - Tue, 15/05/2018 - 12:06
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 May 2018 The Commission today presents its contribution to the informal discussion that Heads of State and Government will hold in Sofia on 16 May 2018 on research and innovation and the steps needed to ensure Europe's global competitiveness.
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12 Questions for the Future of Europe: Commission Launches Online Citizens' Consultation

Presidency - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 May 2018 Today, on Europe Day, the European Commission is launching an online public consultation addressed to all Europeans, asking them what direction they want the European Union to take in the future.
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New soil-sensing method enables more detailed, rapid and efficient environmental monitoring of soil carbon stocks and condition

DG ENV - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 16:25
In-depth soil information is increasingly required to achieve an array of environmental and economic goals. In particular, accurate estimates of soil carbon stocks are necessary to guide land-management practices and climate- related policymaking. To help meet this need, Australian scientists have developed a new sensing method to analyse cylindrical soil samples (soil cores), known as the Soil Condition ANalysis System (SCANS). By integrating a novel automated soil- core sensing system (CSS) with advanced statistical analytics and modelling, the SCANS provides a level of detail that is difficult to achieve with existing alternatives. SCANS is not only rapid, accurate and inexpensive1, but is likely to be a useful tool for farmers, land managers and policymakers, as the improved assessment of soil functions, structures and carbon stocks will facilitate more informed, sustainable decision-making.
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Link between total cost of ownership and market share of hybrid and electric vehicles

DG ENV - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 16:25
Hybrid and electric vehicles emit lower levels of carbon dioxide and air pollutants than conventional petrol and diesel vehicles, yet their market uptake in the EU remains limited. New research provides an assessment of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) — which combines purchase and operating expenses — of different vehicle types. By comparing historical data on hybrid, petrol and diesel vehicles in three countries (Japan, the UK and the USA), researchers found a strong link between TCO and market share of those vehicles. They also identified a number of ways in which policymakers may promote the adoption of cleaner vehicles through the provision of financial incentives.
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Household energy policies promote energy-efficient innovation in industry

DG ENV - Thu, 03/05/2018 - 16:25
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, policies promoting efficient energy use can encourage innovation in the manufacturing sector. This study evaluated the innovation effect of household energy policies using a comprehensive dataset of 21 European countries. The results show that policies such as financial subsidies and product labels can promote the development of sustainable-energy technologies.
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A modern budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends: Questions and Answers

Research and Innovation - Wed, 02/05/2018 - 13:29
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 2 May 2018 1. General What is the long-term EU budget? The long-term EU budget, also referred to as Multiannual Financial Framework (or 'MFF'), provides a stable framework for implementing the EU's annual budget.
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Statement by President Juncker following the attack in Toronto, Canada

Presidency - Tue, 24/04/2018 - 12:47
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 24 April 2018 It is with shock and sorrow that I learnt of the tragic attack in Toronto on Monday afternoon. I send my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, as well as to Prime Minister Trudeau and...
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