CrisisWatch

Issue 12, February 2013

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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Romania takes U-turn on shale gas

A 2012 decision to suspend shale gas exploration activity, following protests in southeast Romania, was reversed by the Senate on 31 January. The Senate’s overwhelming majority rejected a motion that had been proposed by incumbent PM Victor Ponta, when his USL party was in opposition....
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