Issue 413 | 1 June 2015
Green week, ECHR, EU development days and more...
Environment, maritime affiars and fisheries commissioner Karmenu Vella kicks off our special green week feature, underlining that "For decades our wildlife has been declining at an alarming rate. Valuable habitats have been lost as a result of rapidly changing land use, pollution, infrastructure development and continuing urban sprawl."
S&D deputy Pavel Poc also warns that the EU risks heading into another year where it fails to meet its biodiversity targets. The Czech MEP writes, "the degradation of ecosystem services, while they are being submitted to increasing human pressure, is likely to cost the world around seven per cent of its GDP by 2050."
Executive director of the European environment agency Hans Bruyninckx continues the cautionary tone, pointing out that more than half of Europe's species have an "unfavourable" conservation status.
Maltese deputy Roberta Metsola hosted the Parliament Magazine's annual MEP awards ceremony recognising MEPs for their outstanding work over the last year.
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has reiterated the importance of having “open and transparent” talks with the UK ahead of Brexit.
Lynn Boylan interview, Winter Package review, Ports and Shipping, Dutch elections, ePrivacy, Counterfeit Electrical Products, World Water day, 5 questions with Davor Škrlec and more...
There are different reasons why people believe in extremist ideologies or join extremist groups, explains Alexander Ritzmann.
Aluminium will play a major role in delivering the European Commission’s circular economy ambitions; therefore we must retain our existing resources in the face of high international demand -...
The circular economy needs to tackle both technical and carbon loops. Bio-based plastics can provide the means, argues Henri Colens.