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Two Greek governments, same disregard for the environment and sustainability

Two consecutive governments share the same disregard for Greece’s environment and the potential for the development of a sustainable economy. Dramatic increase in EU environmental law infringement cases, new rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and paralysis of the national parks, are the main features of a disappointing year filled with environmental deficit. WWF Greece’s annual review of environmental and energy law, whic...
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Police highlights EU environmental criminality as ‘emerging threat’

Reports published this summer by Interpol and Europol ring the alarm of rising environmental crime in Europe, as a result of the financial crisis. The causes of this emerging crisis are identified as:  a) The low cost – high profit character of environmental crimes, particularly in the areas of water pollution with industrial discharge and illegal waste disposal.  b) The reduced capacity of law enforcement authorities to effectively comba...
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EU environment agencies discuss crisis as window to greener economies

Green economy, as a “sensible pathway for Europe if it wants to foster jobs, economic growth, investment and competitiveness, while preserving the environment” was the focus the heads of Europe’s environment agencies on World Environment Day. Titled “Green Economy: Opportunities for Jobs, Growth and Innovation in Europe”, the conference organised by the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies (EPA Network) reaff...
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Industrial decline in the EU results in increased resource productivity 

Resource productivity (i.e. the total amount of materials directly used by an economy, measured as domestic material consumption (DMC), in relation to GDP) in the EU has increased by 27% in the period between 2002–13. Reduced activity by material-intensive industries (primarily in the manufacturing and construction sectors) during the economic crisis has caused a sharp drop in domestic material consumption, which has in turn increased resource...
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Commission recommends path to greener tax policies

Fixed in its original orientation towards economic growth, the Commission called on member states to promote greener tax policies through its European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination: “Environmental taxes remain underdeveloped in many Member States and their revenues in percentage of GDP declined during the period 1999-2008, despite efforts to move to a greener society. Revenues have however increased in 2009 2010 and 2011. The...
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Environmental rescue  package in the hands of the new Greek government

Highlighting the most urgent actions and reforms for the protection of the environment and the development of a living economy that will safely lead Greece out of the economic crisis, WWF Greece addressed PM Alexis Tsipras, Minister of Economy George Stathakis, Minister for Productive Reconstruction & Environment Panayiotis Lafazanis and Alternate Minister Yiannis Tsironis. In the statement, WWF identifies a series of priority actions in the...
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Italian EU Presidency closes with sustainability deficit

The commitment for “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” and “green economy”, which marked the launch of Italy’s Presidency of the EU in July 2014, was not honoured. According to WWF Italy, the semester of the Italian lead of the EU Council came to its conclusion having failed to come up with the promised innovative proposal that would carve the country’s way out of the crisis and boost the EU’s economy as a whole. More specific...
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EU crisis results in increase of organised environmental crime

Stronger penalties and an inter-disciplinary approach will be vital in effectively dealing with the organised environmental crime in the EU. According to an alarming report produced by EUROJUST, the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, illegal trafficking of waste has grown during the crisis, but remains practically ignored, despite the fact that Europol has highlighted its importance in its 2013 Threat Assessment of environmental crime. Water poll...
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Portugal sees crisis as opportunity for green tax reform

An integrated green tax reform proposal was recently announced by the Commission for Green Tax Reform, which was established by the Portuguese Finance Ministry in January 2014. Following a period of consultation with business, scientific and civil organisations, the report was submitted by the ad hoc commission to the Minister of State and Finances, the Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy and the Secretary of State for Tax Affair...
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Italy launches EU Presidency by pushing green economy a step forward

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