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Candidate MEPs commit to sustainable economies in Europe

In view of the upcoming European Parliament elections of May 25th, WWF launched a pledge platform, calling candidate MEPs to commit to specific environmental and sustainable development policy priorities. As stated in the EU Elections Manifesto, “Europe has adopted important comprehensive legislation on issues such as nature protection, water and marine conservation as well as illegal timber trade. After important efforts to foster effective i...
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Judicial reform in Spain excludes environmental groups from legal aid

The draft “Law on Free Legal Aid”, which was presented to the Cabinet on 21 February by Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, excludes environmental groups from the right to seek free legal aid. Specifically, par. 3 of art. 2 of the draft law, which revises Law 1/1996 on the same subject, now excludes charitable associations (associaciones de utilidad pública) defending environmental causes from the right to legal aid without having to p...
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Pressures grow for relaxation of EU environmental law 

At the latest Competitiveness Council (10 and 11 December 2012) EU ministers discussed the need for revision of the common industrial policy. In the shadow of the economic recession and its impact on industry, voices calling for relaxation of the legislation relating particularly to environmental impact assessments and permitting  procedures. According to Portugal’s Minister of Economy and Employment Álvaro Santos Pereira, “we can't be naï...
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Crisis hits Environment Ministry in Italy

The economic crisis is strongly impacting on the Minister of Environment. WWF Italy is concerned about what appears in fact a steady downgrading of the role and political importance of the Ministry of Environment, accentuated by the measures aimed at  reducing public spending (approved in 2010) and the drastic reduction in  environmental expenditure included in the Stability Law  2013 (AC No. 5534-bis)....
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UK "red tape challenge" questions environmental regulations

The environmental section of the UK Government’s “Red Tape Challenge” initiative, led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has caused much criticism for threatening the country’s environmental acquis. According to environmental groups, such as WWF UK, DEFRA’s declared aim to “free up business and society from the burden of excessive regulation” is welcome. However, under the pressure of the present econ...
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