Parliament vote a ‘watershed’ moment in fight to stop EU-driven deforestation

Parliament vote a ‘watershed’ moment in fight to stop EU-driven deforestation

The European Commission must propose rules forcing companies to ensure the products they import into the EU are not linked to global deforestation, MEPs agreed on Thursday as they adopted a... Read more

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EC envisages ecosystem restoration through existing legislation

The EU should set legally binding targets for nature restoration while tapping into the hidden potential of legislation already in force, rather than aiming for a new environmental directive, an official from DG Environment said on Thursday during EU Green Week.


ECHA’s financial situation halts chemical safety checks

The European Chemicals Agency has been forced to further postpone the introduction of manual completeness checks for chemical safety reports, it said citing a depleted budget.


Concern over Czechia’s alleged plans for EU transition funds

Prague’s share of a multi-billion euro ‘just transition fund’ to mitigate social upheaval as coal-dependent regions move to cleaner forms of energy could end up in the hands of business magnates and energy firms, CEE Bankwatch Network has warned following Czech media reports.


European city dwellers paying dearly for air pollution, study finds

Costs associated with air pollution cost the residents of Europe’s cities an average of €1,276 per year, according to a study by the European Public Health Alliance, with Italy dominating the list of the 10 cities where the impact of air pollution is highest.


CAP: Anger as member states ‘declare war’ on green deal objectives

Campaign groups have reacted with disappointment to a late-night deal struck by member states on reforms to the EU Common Agricultural Policy that they claim would do little to reverse Europe’s biodiversity and climate crises.

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IN DEPTH: New 10-year environment plan set to fix Europe’s green deal in law

IN DEPTH: New 10-year environment plan set to fix Europe’s green deal in law

The European Commission’s proposal for a 10-year environmental action plan, unveiled this week with relatively little fanfare, aims to fix the sweeping aims of the European Green Deal in law. ENDS takes a look at what it could mean for EU environmental policy

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Interview: Why sustainable investment still has a mountain to climb

Will Martindale, director of policy and research at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, speaks to ENDS about the role private investors have to play in the EU’s climate goals and how green investment can finally become the norm

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EPP climate coordinator justifies group position on 2030 climate target

The European People's Party agreed this week to back a proposal to greenhouse gas output to 55% below 1990 levels, the group’s environment coordinator announced on Friday, but he cautioned his political opponents against pushing for higher ambition


IN-DEPTH: How leaks reveal deep divisions over the contents of the chemicals strategy

The European Commission’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability should be almost ready for publication – but leaked papers have shown deep internal divisions on its content and concerted lobbying from industry

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