Time to acknowledge the role of Deposit Refund Systems (DRS) in achieving a Circular Economy for beverage packaging in the EU

Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe call on the EU to facilitate the beverage industry’s transition to circularity by developing a legal framework for setting up new efficient DRS for beverage packaging. Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE), UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) urge the […]

The CAP reform agreement betrays the commitments made by the EU – ECVC

For ECVC, this CAP reform fails to meet the nine CAP objectives and the objectives set out in the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. At the close of the trilogue negotiations on the CAP reform, European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) expresses its frustration and disappointment with regard to the agreed […]

The EU needs an ambitious contingency plan for food security

The COVID19 pandemic has raised awareness of the need to prepare for a possible food supply crisis in Europe. Indeed, climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as future pandemics and possible geopolitical disruptions, make our food system more fragile. Its growing complexity, with increased dependency on transport, logistics, energy supply and the internet, also […]

A European Citizens Assembly

Today, EP President Sassoli, Prime Minister of Portugal Costa and Commission President von der Leyen signed the Joint Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe. This paves the way to launching a series of debates and discussions that will enable people from every corner of Europe to share their ideas to help shape […]

A Just Transition has to be Circular, Members of the European Parliament agree

The European Parliament’s plenary vote yesterday made clear that a circular economy is a precondition for a just energy transition in Europe – a positive step that couples climate solutions with zero waste solutions and points towards stronger circularity in the future. Yesterday’s vote by the European Parliament (1) narrowly avoided presenting incineration and Waste-to-Energy as a […]

EU business rescue fund should be reinstated – MEP Kelly

The European Council needs to reverse their decision to scrap a new fund designed to rescue European businesses from bankruptcy, MEP for Ireland South and Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, Sean Kelly, has insisted. The fund in question is the proposed €26 billion Solvency Support Instrument (SSI), which had been designed to […]

IFOAM EU welcomes landmark decision to put organic at the heart of future European food system

IFOAM EU welcomes the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork (F2F) strategies and the target to reach 25% organic land in Europe by 2030, as well as measures to boost the demand for organic products through promotion schemes and green public procurements. Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU President, stated: “Proposing an EU target for organic land […]

Eurobarometer: Youth activism making a difference

Over the course of the past year, youth-led protests have mobilised millions of people in the EU and globally, raising awareness of climate change a subject Europeans now believe must be the top priority for the newly elected European Parlaiament. This new Eurobarometer survey shows that close to six out of ten European citizens are […]

MEPs block member states’ move to weaken bee protection from pesticides

MEPs want the impact of pesticides on bees to be properly tested  Commission proposal watered down by member states  Parliament wants new law to better protect bees  MEPs sent the Commission back to the drawing board after member states watered down draft measures to protect bees. The European Commission’s draft proposal was intended to incorporate […]

Europe in the palm of your hand: launch of a Citizens’ App

A new mobile application, designed by the European Parliament to help citizens to discover what the EU has done, is doing and plans to do, is now available.   With one eye on the upcoming European elections, the Citizens’ App enables everyone, everywhere to check the EU’s achievements, ongoing work, and future goals as well […]

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