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Commission research shows Nature Directives don’t need ‘better regulation’

EXCLUSIVE/ EU rules to protect birdlife and habitats – under threat from a review driven by the European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ strategy – are fit for purpose, according to leaked … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Timmermans defends ambition of new Circular Economy package

The European Commission today (2 December) defended the ambition of the waste and recycling laws which replaced the Circular Economy Package it axed in the drive to cut red tape.

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Circular Economy Package to create fewer jobs than axed bill it replaced

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package will create 110,000 fewer jobs in the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Italy than the axed bill it has replaced, according to … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Circular Economy Package ‘less ambitious’ than axed predecessor

The European Commission’s draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for “better regulation”, has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Commission under pressure over circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: The EU is failing to create a circular economy that boosts resource efficiency and protects the environment, an influential report has found, piling pressure on the European Commission to … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Waste laws will be binned, despite protests

The European Commission’s decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, was confirmed yesterday (22 January), despite the objections of the EU Parliament and national … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Commission’s better regulation panel mooted for watchdog role

EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission’s reformed Impact Assessment Board could one day evolve into an independent watchdog, scrutinising legislation on behalf of the executive, the EU Parliament and Council, EurActiv has learnt. Currently the Parliament … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Circular Economy package to be ditched and re-tabled

The European Commission will ditch the Circular Economy package, replace it with “more ambitious” legislation in 2015, and change pending air-pollution rules, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs on Tuesday (16 December). … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Commission plans to ditch circular economy and air pollution rules

The European Commission plans to scrap its flagship Circular Economy package and anti-air pollution rules next week. The executive will ditch the rules from its 2015 work programme, sources told EurActiv. … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Don’t axe gender and environment laws, NGOs tell Timmermans

EXCLUSIVE:  Twenty gender equality and  environmental organisations, including trade unions and consumer groups, have called on the European Commission to ignore a hit list of proposals that business lobbyists want ditched by the … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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