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Economy & development

EC’s Environment Directorate faces serious staff cuts

According to ENDS Europe, the Commission’s General Directorate for the Environment is scheduled to undergo major personnel cuts. At a meeting of the European Parliament ENVI Committee, MEPs, like Denmark’s Margete Auken, expressed fears that this reorganisation process may result in undermining the DG’s capacity to uphold its important work on infringements of environmental law. ...
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EU lingers back and forth over new CAP environmental measures

Following a fortnight of tough negotiations over the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the overwhelming majority of the EU’s 27 Agricultural Ministers rejected all major environmental measures in future CAP.  Earlier in March, the European Parliament had rejected a catastrophic proposal by its Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI), which had attacked all environmental measures included in the European Commiss...
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Green agriculture measures under fire at European Parliament

In its second vote, the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI) rejected important greening measures and links with existing EU laws, such the Water Framework Directive. It also voted in favour of a “greening” payment, which would add up to the basic payment, thus raising serious issues about double payment to farmers who may or may not choose to implement environmental measures.According to WWF, the p...
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Croatia develops unsustainable law on investments

The draft law on strategic investments, proposed by the Croatian Ministry of Economy is aimed at encouraging investments, ensuring economic growth and employment. The proposed Law is in contradiction with the provisions of the Constitution and other laws of the Republic of Croatia, already aligned with the EU acquis communautaire, which is particularly worrying nature conservationists in Croatia....
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“Green light” for a tax on financial transactions

At the Council of January 22nd, the EU’s Economic and Finance Ministers endorsed the Commission’s proposal and gave a “green light” for enhanced cooperation among 11 EU member states for the establishment of a tax on financial transactions (FTT). According to the Commission’s proposal of 2011 (Making the financial sector pay its fare share - IP/11/1085), “[t]he financial sector has received substantial financial support from governme...
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Euro-parliament approves cooperation on FTT

By an overwhelming majority of 533 in favour to 91 against (and 32 abstentions), the European Parliament approved the plan of 11 Eurozone member states for enhanced cooperation, with the aim of establishing a tax on financial transactions. As stated during the deliberations by rapporteur Anni Podimata (S&D, EL), whose resolution was adopted, “[t]his is a reward for Parliament, which has been calling for an FTT for over two years.  It wil...
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Another blow for Greece’s Green Fund

In the context of a new urgent act of legal content, the Greek Government introduced a further reduction to the allowable expenditure, which now cannot exceed the 2.5% of its total deposits. The Green Fund sits on approx. €1,2 billion, collected and legally bound for urban environmental improvement, nature conservation, forest management and energy efficiency. According to its constitutional law 3855/2010, the Green Fund can also function as a...
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