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Genval, 30 March, 2016. – Disclaimer: This is the English translation of an interview made by Mihail Călin and originally published on 25 September 2015. The authentic Romanian version is available at the euro-health.ro News/Media website. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the EU are surrounded by fierce controversy… » read more

  Posted by EU ZMK's Diary

  Two studies came out (just in time for Pesticide Action Week) that question the cost to society of pesticides and other chemicals. The logic is simple: Chemicals cost societies billions of dollars, therefore removing them would save money. I am a little troubled by such a simplistic view – like any statistical analysis, you… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  The last blog looked at ten reasons why glyphosate is the herbicide of the century. So why then, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and clear environmental and social benefits, is this product on the verge of having its authorisation removed? The NGO activists and pro-organic lobbyists have led a formidable campaign that started a… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The following is the first of a two-part blog looking at how a corrupt unethical campaign against an essential agricultural product is succeeding in the EU. This first part will look at why glyphosate is such a good product for farmers; the second part will demonstrate how environmental NGOs, activist scientists, organic lobbyists and IARC… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

By Geneviève Pons, Director, WWF European Policy Office Saving the planet, transforming development, reforming the economy: EU Environment chiefs have a weighty agenda lined up for their meeting in Brussels this Friday. They will talk about implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda the EU and other world leaders adopted last autumn. Meeting the Agenda’s Sustainable… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

Will TTIP Make Europe Sick?

Genval, 28th February 2016 – Right after the 12th Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Brussels negotiations round, it is still unclear if the deadly link between increased trade of alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food and the growing economic and societal burden of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is recongised. While both side of the… » read more

  Posted by EU ZMK's Diary

Guest blog post by Steven More, Principal Consultant, Sustainable Business at BT. Beyond energy use, the Paris climate change deal challenges economies to become far more resource efficient across a range of materials. The EU Commission’s Circular Economy Package could help achieve this, especially if it considers the enabling role of technology, says Steven Moore… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

  For the last twelve years, I have taught courses on Corporate Communications and Public Relations mostly to university law students. Towards the end of the course, after following a company’s communications activities for around three months, I poll my students on the class forum, asking if they could imagine working for their chosen corporations.… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Pitch perfect purpose. A New “Business as Usual” is on the horizon. Change. For the better. It’s what people want and they’ve realised that NGOs can’t do it alone.   From the meeting rooms of Davos to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, it seems as though every CEO is talking “purpose”. A growing number… » read more

  Posted by Joanna M Sullivan

By Hilary Jeune, EU Policy Advisor on Development Finance at the Oxfam EU Office Poffertjes and poverty are on the table for EU development ministers in Amsterdam tonight, as they get together for the first time this year. Over dinner, they will discuss the European Union’s future relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

By Farah Karimi, Executive Director at Oxfam Novib   In 1952, The Netherlands showed courage when it joined other European countries and became one of the founding fathers of the European Union. More than 60 years later, the EU has come under immense internal and external pressures with economic, financial, security and democratic challenges linked… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Last month’s Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) was an exemplary moment in the history of stupid. A dismal failure, the much anticipated climate event did not produce any binding treaty, any strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its toothless “non-adversarial and non-punitive” accord essentially put climate decisions on the back-burner until after 2050. Rather… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

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