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Waste & Resources People, Frans Timmermans (credit: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken)

Plastic bag rules approved under deregulation cloud

EU member states have rubberstamped an agreement to reduce plastic bag use, but the deal was overshadowed by concerns about the new European Commission’s ‘deregulation’ agenda

Chemicals, Products Hazardous substances, mercury

Brussels to present mercury rules in 2015

The European Commission will present proposals on ratifying the Minamata Convention on mercury “as early as possible in 2015”. Around 3,500 responses were received to a recent consultation

Energy energy, biogas (credit: Johannes Jansson/, CC by SA 2.5)

Green policies undermine biogas sector

The European biogas sector expanded by over 10% last year but policies limiting the use of energy crops are beginning to bite, new research shows

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Energy union plans

People, Maroš Šefcovic: (credit: Katarzyna Czerwinska/Senat Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej)

MEPs have approved Maroš Šefčovič as energy union commissioner following a European Parliament hearing on 20 October where he outlined his five-point plan for the role.

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