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Blessed be… a green shift away from the financial crisis

In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed stewardship and common care about “Sister Earth” and lambasts the global economic system for not prioritising people and the planet over profits. In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed st...

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Policy highlights - June 2015

1.     European Commission (ECFIN), Statement by the European Commission and the ECB following the second post-programme surveillance mission to Portugal  (March 2015) “Economic and financial conditions in Portugal have further improved since the conclusion of the first post-programme surveillance mission in autumn 2014. However, the econom...

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REFIT is unfit for Europe’s natural capital

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In 2012, the European Commission launched the REFIT (“REgulatory FITness” and Performance) programme. In its Communication, the Commission noted that the economic crisis (aka the “current economic situation”) demands “that EU legislation be even more effective and efficient in achieving its public policy objectives”; it must deliver “...

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New law undermines Hungary's natural wealth

Budapest, Hungary, 28 April - Today the Hungarian Parliament accepted a bill which endangers the country's natural resources by taking land management rights away from state nature conservation organisations. This act leaves no doubt that the government has the intention to further decrease the level of nature conservation. Decisions in recent ye...

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Industries speak for governments in EU pollution standards working group

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The ongoing process for the revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive’s environmental performance standards for large combustion plants, including coal power plants, has sparked severe criticism by environmental and corporate watch groups, due to the increased and intransparent participation of industry representatives in national delegation...

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Blessed be… a green shift away from the financial crisis

In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed stewardship and common care about “Sister Earth” and lambasts the global economic system for not prioritising people and the planet over profits. In a historic letter to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis calls for a renewed st...

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