End of fossil fuel subsidies first step of circular economy

Encouraging the reuse of materials and extending product life expectancy are crucial to implementing the circular economy

End of fossil fuel subsidies first step of circular economy

The transition from a linear economy to a circular one is an economic and environmental necessity which must be implemented as a matter of urgency. Our planet's resources must be safeguarded through more sustainable and efficient use, which would also reduce Europe's resource dependency and create new green jobs. The first step in this direction must be the elimination of all environmentally harmful subsidies, in particular direct and indirect fossil fuels.

Friday, 26 June 2015 Written by: Piernicola Pedicini Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, June, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Piernicola Pedicini

The ban on placing animal clones or their offspring on the EU market is a red line for us

Ban not just animal cloning, but cloned food, feed and imports too

The ban on placing animal clones or their offspring on the EU market is a red line for us

A draft law to ban the cloning of all farm animals, their descendants and products derived from them, including imports, in the EU was voted by the Environment and Agriculture committees on Wednesday. MEPs beefed up the European Commission’s initial proposal, citing high mortality rates at all development stages of cloning and EU citizens’ animal welfare and ethical concerns.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 Written by: Giulia Moi Posted in: Agriculture and Rural Development, Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, June, Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Giulia Moi

EU employment policies have so far made things worse for Europe's citizens, not better

The fight against poverty is about fundamental rights, not ideology

EU employment policies have so far made things worse for Europe's citizens, not better

According to the European Union's statistical office Eurostat, at the end of last year the EU's unemployment rate sat at 9.9 per cent. This rate is still far too high and our member state governments must do more to immediately address this. The European institutions also have a role to play in this. One of the aims of the Europe 2020 strategy is to reach 75 per cent of people who are employable on the job market. Last March, the European commission sent the parliament's employment and social affairs committee so-called 'guidelines for member state employment policies', which are currently being negotiated among the different political groups. After several months of work, it is clear that there is a mutual desire among MEPs to draw up a powerful and hard-hitting document to submit to member states in council.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 Written by: Laura Agea Posted in: Latest news, Newsroom, 2015, June, Employment and Social Affairs, Laura Agea