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Brexit brings risks for UK environment and leaves EU weaker

Responding to the result of the British referendum on EU membership, Geneviève Pons, Director of WWF European Policy Office said: “We much regret this decision by the British public to leave the European Union, as this brings risks and uncertainties for the UK’s environment, and also risks weakening the EU’s position in tackling international environmental and climate challenges. All evidence shows that EU membership has brought many env...
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WWF responds to EU referendum result

On the 23rd June, the British People decided their future. WWF-UK campaigned for the environment to be integral to the debate and asked voters to consider the implications their choice would have for nature.  WWF-UK is concerned about the risks and uncertainties for the environment of the UK moving outside the EU.  There will now be many years of transition, so we need to do all we can to ensure that regulations and actions are in place for th...
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Brexit? UK's conservation groups assess environmental impact

As the Referendum of 23 June on the future of Britain's EU membership is nearing, Britain's leadeing conservation NGOs informed the political dialogue with a much needed environmental impact assessment of the pros and cons of each vote. On March 8, WWF UK, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts issued the report "The potential policy and environmental consequences for the UK of a departure from the European Union". The report has concluded that "on balanc...
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Economic crisis undermines capacity to fight environmental crime

Environmental law enforcement being the responsibility of states, the financial crisis has further weakened certain national authorities in their fight against environmental crime. According to a February 2016 policy brief issued by the EFFACE (European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime): “One overarching challenge is that the implementation of environmental law is a responsibility that is left up to the individual MS. The EU itself d...
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European Parliament urges Commission to refrain from environmental deregulation

In a non-legislative resolution voted by the Plenary on September 16th, the members of the European Parliament urge the European Commission to become a true leader in the EU’s path towards climate protection, energy independence and resource efficiency. The MEPs also called on the Commission not to use the REFIT legislation and administrative simplification initiative as pretext for “deregulating or lowering social and environmental standards...
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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 stewardship and common care about “Sister Earth” and lambasts the global economic system for not p...
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Environmental groups call for a halt to Spain’s environmental rollback 

Spain’s major environmental groups have criticised the autonomous governments for serious rollback on vital environmental policies since the wake of the crisis and issued a list of environmental and social policy priorities, following the elections of May 24th.  The economic crisis in Spain, now running in its seventh year, has offered excuse for an unprecedented rollback on key environmental and social policies, according to the report “Ra...
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Environmental law is a sustainable investment

A recent report by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) demonstrates the value of a smart and well enforced environmental legal corpus. The report covers 428 sets of regulations overseen by DEFRA, of which 53% are derived from EU or international law, the rest being national legislation. As stated in the report “Emerging Findings from Defra’s Regulation Assessment - First update covering 2012”, which was...
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Greece changes government and environmental policy 

The announcement of Greece’s new Government was followed by the surprising abolition of the Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change and its merger with agriculture and industry under the title “Ministry for Productive Restructuring, Environment and Energy”. Panayiotis Lafazanis, an experienced MP, will head the ministry as Minister. Yiannis Tsironis, a member of the Ecologists-Greens party, was appointed as Alternate Minister i...
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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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