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.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and MEPs debated the rights situation in his country, attended by Commission first Vice President Frans Timmermans.
In these increasingly challenging and unstable times, Parliament's women's rights and gender equality committee is ready to lead the fight for equality, says Mary Honeyball.
Parliament's legal affairs committee has achieved considerable success in the first half of this mandate, but with Brexit come fresh challenges, says Pavel Svoboda.
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 -...
How to tier and where to tier? These are the key ETS reform questions that need answers, says Jacob Hansen.