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Portugal implements green taxes and rebates

The Portuguese government has moved swiftly to implement recent recommendations by a commission of experts on green tax reform, approving CO2 and plastic bag charges

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Study advises CO2 charge on steel imports

Import and consumption charges are the best options for cutting steel's emissions while protecting it from carbon leakage after 2020, according to research commissioned by industry and governments

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Romania referred to court over mining waste

Romania faces court action over its failure to tackle a mining waste problem, while Portugal may have to pay penalties for inadequate waste water treatment

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Consumer products top experts' ecodesign agenda

Consumer products, particularly mobile phones, toasters, hair dryers and kettles, offer the greatest potential for improvement through eco-standards, according to a draft report on future EU action

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New EU Commission

Jean-Claude Juncker (photograph: European People's Party, CC BY 2.0)

Incoming Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker announced a new Commission structure and team on 10 September.

Malta's Karmenu Vella will take over a merged environment and fisheries brief and has been charged with reviewing the EU's nature laws.

Spain's Miguel Arias Cañete will lead on energy and climate, under the leadership of vice-president for energy union Alenka Bratušek of Slovenia.

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