Issue 399 | 20 October 2014
GMOs, eSkills week, nuclear safety, world audio-visual day and more...
Frédérique Ries, parliament's rapporteur on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) gets our cover story feature underway, by saying the "three-year" wait on a decision from the member states is due to this dossier being such a sensitive issue. She provides exclusive details on her upcoming report due to be discussed in parliament next month. She argues that there is more work to be done in this area, and that "the question of banning the cultivation of GMO crops is only the tip of the iceberg, seeing that the EU must above all learn lessons from the 10 years of delays and false starts in handling the GMO file." The Belgian MEP adds that, "There is no doubt that this will set up the first stage in a welcomed 'liberation' of this file at the European level".
Bioplastics are a key element in Europe’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy, writes Hasso von Pogrell
Universities are uniquely positioned to work with policymakers and industry to shape a sustainable energy future, writes Torbjørn Digernes.
The European forest fibre and paper industry is a catalyst for Europe’s circular bioeconomy, explains Sylvain Lhôte.