« Inefficient », « not ambitious enough »: European media seem never to run out of adjectives to criticise EU energy policy. Although a far cry from perfect, some notable progress can be pointed out with regards to the latter. Before losing hope that the EU might one day be a leader in that field (...)
The European Commission, currently deadlocked in the middle of reapproving the widely-used herbicide glyphosate, is growing visibly exasperated with some of its most powerful members. Earlier this week, news emerged that the French, German, and Italian governments were quietly lobbying the Commission to move ahead with reauthorizing the herbicide without their support – all the while publicly speaking out against the move and bashing the substance.
The coming Brexit will confront Great Britain with new challenges in its climate and energy policy. Most likely big player in energy industry and NPP operators will profit from it. Within the European Union above all balance of power will shift.
Nuclear power plants are exposed to big risks. Natural disasters, terrorism and technical defects can lead to significant damage. Despite worldwide increasing number of new nuclear power plants Europe could say goodbye to nuclear power. The only condition is to smartly use an arising gap.
The bilateral relations with Switzerland and the EU have been clouded after the successful immigration referendum. That’s negatively impacting inter alia the negotiations about an energy agreement which should enable Switzerland to participate in the internal energy market.
Never before have so many heads of state and governments gathered together during a single day and spoke one after the other in a succession of speeches. More than 150 of them had the opportunity to kickstart the COP21 and give a strong mandate to negotiators, as well as showing their active interest in the climate. But what emerged from this historic moment?
The number of fascinating Europe-related events held in Helsinki is high this autumn. One important topic that I’ve recently learned about at a public discussion is the upcoming Paris climate conference, called COP 21. Maria Vuorelma, Senior Officer at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and Hanna Aho who works as an expert at the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation had been invited to give their thoughts on what can be expected from the conference which will take place in early December.
After economic uncertainty and the migrant crisis, a new sensitive issue is about to undermine the EU: the environment. The revelation of the Volkswagen scandal, joined to the recent decision of the EU Parliament (EP) of not opening an inquiry into the scandal significantly jeopardise the stability and coherence of the European Institutions. Once again, the European Union is at stake.
Already a few days after the election of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) the strong headwinds from Polish nationalists against international climate protection goals are noticeable. This could not only weaken European ambitions but also endanger the UN climate conference in Paris more generally.
That thousands of refugees moving from Budapest to the Austrian border, on the way to Germany, and that images of Hungarians offering food and comfort to the refugees give us hope of a welcoming Europe, dissimilar from the cruel and indifferent one who has shown off on televisions during the last months.
To avoid severe, far-reaching and irreversible consequences for all humankind and the ecosystem, at the 21st Climate conference in Paris, binding goals for the 195 states must be determined. To stop a two percent warming of the Earth the industrial nations must act together especially. The EU has set for a while important measures however its influence still remains small.
For years the garbage problem of Naples has not been solved. Now the European Court has interfered and has convicted the region with a fine of 20 million Euro and 120 000 Euro per day in delay since the Verdict of 2010. However even here the Mafia has a finger in the pie.