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EU study highlights benefits of green taxation3 Mar 2014 The study was released by the Commission on Monday as EU environment ministers met in Brussels to discuss ‘greening’ of the European Semester
MEPs cement their position in comitology battle26 Feb 2014 The European Parliament has voted by a large majority in favour of removing legislative power from a swathe of member state committees
UK review finds broad support for EU green laws14 Feb 2014 A government review has found little appetite among businesses for attempting to roll back the EU’s powers in relation to the environment
Bailouts’ environmental gains and pains31 Oct 2013 The bailouts of cash-strapped EU countries have sped up water pricing implementation but hit the renewable energy sector hard, finds Valerie Flynn
Joining the environmental liability debate16 Jul 2013 ENDS Europe editor François Le Goff responds to Justice and Environment’s criticism of a recent opinion article on environmental liability
Green public procurement’s growing pains21 Nov 2012 Greening public buying has been on the agenda for many years but progress on the ground has been slow. Roz Bulleid looks at what policymakers are doing to help
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EU climate and energy proposals, 22 January
The European Commission has set out proposals on post-2020 climate and energy policy, including for a 40% decarbonisation target for 2030.
To the disappointment of the renewables sector, it proposed doing away with binding national targets for clean energy. An alternative governance system will be developed “in dialogue with member states”, José Manuel Barroso said.
Shale gas recommendations are "a good demonstration of the role the EU should play, setting cross-border rules for environment and safety, but not meddling in the basic energy mix chosen by member states,” he added.
The Commission also tabled legislation to permanently fix the supply-demand imbalance in the European carbon market.
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