Biodiversity

Bee decline/neonicotinoid ban

EU Commission bans pesticides harmful to bees - a first important step in the fight against bee decline

The European Commission today decided to suspend the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides - due to their damaging impact on bee populations (1). Reacting to the Commission's decision, Green environment and food safety spokesperson Bart Staes (MEP, Belgium) said: "Today's decision is a fir...


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Sow the future

Seed diversity is crucial for our food

Seed diversity is the basis of our food chain and our food security depends on it. Decreasing seed diversity impacts on the choice of the food we eat, and local fruits, vegetables and cereals could disappear from our fields and plates.


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A European instrument for biodiversity

16.05.2013

Access and Benefit-sharing

This conference will bring together top experts on biodiversity and iconic representatives of the fight for global equity in order to put this crucial issue high on the political agenda. It aims to make the general public realise the urgency to act decisively, and to demonstrate the beneficial consequences in the field of an ambitious EU regulation on access and benefit-sharing.


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Climate campaign newsletter

Issue 64 - May 2013

In this issue : EP gets a second chance to save Europe’s flagship climate policy; Cars/CO2: new targets short on ambition; Environment committee backs speed limit for new vans; Bonn: various possibilities, no concrete steps; Carbon dioxide levels reach symbolic threshold never seen in human history; Arctic Ocean 'acidifying rapidly' according to new study; Markets are overlooking the risk of 'unburnable carbon'


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Energising Europe and Spain sustainably

10.05.2013

Greens/EFA conference in Madrid

WATCH THE RECORDED STREAM OF THE CONFERENCE - Friday 10 May 9:45-12:30WATCH THE RECORDED STREAM OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE Opening 09:45 Introduction & ModerationRebecca Harms, Co-President, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament  Energy policy in Spain10:00-11:00 Ho...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 13 - 17 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Tax evasion and banking transparency, EU-Ukraine agreement and ongoing concerns, Reindustrialising Europe the right way, Collective rights management: how to make it work, & Biodiversity: a European instrument for access and benefit sharing


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Plant it and make it grow

Seed diversity is crucial for our food

Most of the food we eat comes from seeds. Seed diversity is the basis of our food chain and our food security depends on it. Decreasing it impacts on the choice of the food we eat, and local fruits, vegetables and cereals can disappear from our fields and plates. Seeds are also humanity's oldest ...


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EU food rules and seeds

Commission plans would threaten seed diversity

The European Commission today presented its food safety package, with proposals for new EU rules in a number of areas, including for seeds and plant reproductive products. The Greens expressed concern that the proposals on seeds would play into the hands of the agro-chemical industry and threaten se...


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 6 - 12 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Hungary and democratic freedoms, EU funding for the most deprived, Weak targets for van emissions, New seeds regulation endangers genetic diversity, More transparent bank charging, Alternative responses to the ecological, economic and social crises, Energising Europe and Spain sustainably


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Bee decline/neonicotinoid ban

Key decision for bees as European Commission pushes for proposed neonicotinoid suspension

Crucial proposals from the European Commission to suspend the use of neonicotinoid insecticides - due to their damaging impact on bee populations - were today upheld after a vote by EU member states. The outcome of the vote (1) in the Comitology Appeal Committee will enable the proposed suspension t...


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Bee decline

Neonicotinoid suspension must be upheld by EU governments

Crucial proposals from the European Commission to suspend the use of 3 specific neonicotinoid insecticides - due to their damaging impact on bee populations - are again set to be voted on by EU member states on Monday (29 April), after an inconclusive vote last month (1). There are concerns that key...


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The Belo Monte Dam Project

Press Breakfast Brussels, 23rd of April


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