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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The European Parliament’s Greens group on Wednesday (12 February) threatened to table a motion of censure against the European Commission, because of its persistence to authorise a GM crop that was rejected by 19 member states and a parliamentary majority.
The Greens, other MEPs and environmental organisations were outraged by the Commission’s decision to move ahead and authorise the GMO maize crop Pioneer 1507, despite the opposition of 19 member states which voted against on Tuesday (11 February).

The International Year of Small Island Development States (SIDS) was officially launched on 24 February 2014. The European Union acknowledges that SIDS face common challenges and experience specific vulnerabilities across the economic, social and environmental dimensions. They are all greatly affected by climate change and confronted with rising sea levels, and face frequent natural and man-made disasters. There are twenty-three (23) SIDS in the Caribbean Region. The EU and EU member states are the largest donors of grant aid to the region and a major trade and cultural partner.

The European Union (EU) and Tuvalu’s National Authorization Officer, Temate Melitiana, have signed the financing agreement for the Technical Cooperation Facility II (TCF II) project.
The TCF II aims at strengthening the capacity of the Government of Tuvalu to successfully coordinate and manage the ongoing 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programmes and to effectively design and implement future projects and programmes under the 11th EDF, covering the period 2014-2020.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The 3302nd Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting held in Brussels on 11 March 2014 decided not to oppose the adoption by the Commission of a regulation amending regulation 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of cadmium in foodstuffs (5675/14).
The draft regulation is subject to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny. The Commission may now adopt it, unless the European Parliament objects.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe's most powerful military and political figures on Monday (17 February) and is expected to pave the way for the EU to resume channelling development aid directly to the Zimbabwe government as of 2015.
The 28-nation EU, which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 in protest at human rights abuses and violations of democracy under Mugabe, has gradually eased sanctions over the last few years to encourage political reform. Following last year's disputed elections, EU government representatives, who were meeting in Brussels, decided however to keep sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, highlighting a cautious easing of policy.

The European commissioner for maritime affairs, Maria Damanaki, has called at the World Ocean Summit for businesses to see the oceans as an economic resource but has warned against a “frenzied gold rush”.
The oceans' vast amount of untapped energy and resources hold great potential for economic development, which can in turn create jobs both at sea and on land, the Commission says.
The EU executive estimates that ocean resources account for some 5.4 million jobs within the EU and some €500 billion a year of economic turnover.

Monday, 10 March 2014

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme of the European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) released a report on the state of illegal logging in Mozambique.

Monday, 03 March 2014

A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented today by the European Commission.

Monday, 03 February 2014

Biotechnology to treat heavy metal pollution in waste water; new 'Aquaponic' systems combining aquaculture and hydroponics in agricultural production; smarter management of water distribution networks. These are just three of 11 new projects approved for EU research funding, aiming to promote innovative solutions for water-related challenges (see MEMO/14/34). The projects involve 179 partners from research organisations and private companies (including more than 70 SMEs), across 19 European countries.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Minister of Environment of Lithuania participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, where experts from 190 countries have been discussing climate change issues for two weeks (11-23 November 2013). Global environment ministers joined the Conference the second week, and the Lithuanian Minister of Environment, and Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, led the EU delegation.