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Position Paper |

EU-Russia : Components for a strategic reset

It is time to reassess the EU relationship vis-à-vis the Russian Federation. Recent months have demonstrated that our Russia strategy needs a strategic reset.
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Policy Paper |

The only way out of these crises is to put people and planet at the centre of policy-making

This week’s Social Summit in Porto is a unique opportunity for heads of State to recognise, through firm commitment to ambitious and concrete actions, that the only way out of today’s health, social and environmental crises is to put people and the planet at the centre of all recovery policies.
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Programmation language
Study |

Reimagining content moderation and safeguarding fundamental rights

This study explores alternative approaches to content moderation and, overall, different content governance models. Based on the research outcomes, it provides a set of recommendations for community-based and user-centric content moderation models that meet the criteria of meaningful transparency and are in line with international human r…
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Budget © nobiggie
Study |

The Gender Budgeting report of the European Parliament

Gender Budgeting (GB) aims at evaluating the impact of an Institution’s budget on men and women, with a gender mainstreaming approach applied to every field of intervention. This kind of analysis, implemented so far by 41% of OECD countries, is, since 2003, part of the EU commitment to achieve Gender Equality by recommending the Member St…
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Study |

Genome edited plants in the EU

The report by ENSSER and CSS deconstructs the claims made in the EASAC-endorsed Leopoldina Statement, critically assesses the scientific foundations of both publications and provides some of the information, omitted by the Statements, that is publicly available as scientific evidence and research results. Assessing and fact-checking the …
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Illustration of Amazon buring
Policy Paper |

A devastating impact on forests

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - There is deep concern among experts that the deal will increase deforestation in the Mercosur region. Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are among the top ten countries with the highest deforestation rates. In Brazil, the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has surged to a 12-year high in 2020
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Biodiversity in jeopardy
Policy Paper |

A destructive deal for biodiversity

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - While the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report rang an alarm bell in 2019 concerning the rapidly worsening state of biodiversity, this deal will only exacerbate the phenomenon further.
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Illustration with wild animals
Policy Paper |

A trade-off at the expense of animal welfare

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - The trade agreement will increase Mercosur exports of live animals and animal products to the EU as well as EU exports of dairy products to the Mercosur market. According to Eurobarometer, more than 90% of EU consumers want to see imported products respect animal welfare standards equivalent to …
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Illustration shpwing trade interests prevailing over human rights
Policy Paper |

Fuelling conflict and human rights violations

Factsheet on EU-Mercosur trade agreement - This agreement insufficiently protects the rights of indigenous people, farmers, and consumers, whose health and lives are at risk. It is unacceptable that trade interests prevail over human rights.
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Letter |

Need of environmental data and standards for the ict sector

We are writing to you with a call to take action to limit the environmental impact of the ICT sector. The European Commission’s two key priorities for the upcoming years are Europe Fit for the Digital Age and the Green Deal. To reach both of these priorities, we must ensure the digital transition promotes and does not hamper the green tra…