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Fundamental questions

Broadly speaking, scientific research takes two forms. One is applied research, which aims at practical results, such as more efficient and smaller batteries, or electricity generation from solar power. The other form is fundamental research, which is driven by curiosity and aims to expand human knowledge without any specific practical goal in mind. However, fundamental… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

On 17 May, the European Commission presented a new Mobility Package entitled ‘Sustainable Mobility for Europe’ with which it seeks to promote safe, connected and clean mobility across the EU. This third and last Mobility Package by the Juncker Commission contains various legislative and non-legislative proposals that will affect the EU automobile industry. Given that… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

  As the Balearic Government launches its first climate law, the president of this autonomous Spanish community looks expectantly towards Madrid and Brussels. Guest post by Francina Armengol – President of the Balearic region of Spain Today my Government is presenting the first climate and energy transition law in Spain, in what we hope will… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

German power struggle leads to GroKo coalition   Last year’s election results have led to unprecedented difficulties to build a new government in Germany. Despite heavy losses in parliamentary elections, Angela Merkel was re-elected as Chancellor for another four years. But the weakened position of the traditionally 2 largest parties – Angela Merkel’s conservative party… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

By Margherita Tolotto, the EEB Policy Officer for Air and Noise. This week’s summit of EU environment ministers is a welcome opportunity to move air pollution to the top of the political agenda. Announcing the summit in a blog post last week, Commissioner Vella said that a Europe that cares “cannot sit by as 400,000… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Open letter of French and German NGOs addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the International Green week, the 55 anniversary of the signing of the Elysee Treaty and the upcoming informal European Council of 23 February 2018: Dear Chancellor Merkel and President Macron, The supporting French… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Following the White paper of the Future of the European Union, the European Commission plans to make its proposal for the next, 7 year Multiannual Financial Framework in May 2018 with the aim of having an agreed budget before the EU elections in 2019. While the European Commission discussed with high level speakers the different… » read more

  Posted by Hungarian-European Citizen

The state of play In early 2017, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called onto the international community to rethink its approach to peace and security. He deplored that far more time and resources are spent responding to crises rather than preventing them, and he encouraged world leaders to step up preventive action. Pointing out the… » read more

  Posted by 1989 Generation Initiative

    Dear Mr. Andriukaitis, We are the proud parents and representatives of beautiful, funny, noisy children. Some of them live in our hearts, some of them survived cancer after a long and toxic treatment. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, people often comfort parents by invoking progress made in cancer treatments. The scandal… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

In the last days of COP23, a final text came out that defines the Tanaloa Dialogue, and thus lays out the path for an inclusive climate dialogue during 2018. The COP22 and COP24 presidencies consulted all the countries to agree on how this process will look like.   But what is the Tanaloa Dialogue? It… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

COP23: summary of week 1

The first week of COP23 has come to an end, and an army of delegates has been negotiating the details of how to implement the Paris Agreement. The second week is kicking off with a a lot at stake, while many of the negotiating points are being delayed. With ministers arriving in Bonn, the pressure… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

BONN, Germany The European Union and Australia told a global conference to discuss climate policy that discussions on finance should not be included in negotiations for loss and damage because “not every disaster is caused by climate change.” By Alanah Torralba Loss and damage refers to inevitable costs of natural disasters and slow onset events… » read more

  Posted by Arthur Wyns - environmental journalist

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