EUROPEAN COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS WELCOME ANTENA1, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS EUROPE AND NTV AS NEW ACT MEMBERS

Brussels, 11 December 2009 – The Association of Commercial Television (ACT) is pleased
to announce a further increase in membership. At its Extraordinary General Meeting,
yesterday, the ACT’s College of Members welcomed Antena 1 from Romania, NTV from
Turkey and the pan-European group Discovery Communications Europe as members of the
Association.

Philippe Delusinne, ACT President & CEO RTL Belgium commented: “2009 has been a

Industry Leaders Show Solar Energy Can Ramp up Quickly to Help Meet Global CO2 Challenges

Copenhagen, 11 December 2009: Global solar industry leaders have come to COP15 to showcase the immediate capability of solar power to deliver clean energy and reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions (CO2).

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and the U.S.-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) are spearheading the SolarCOP15 initiative in Copenhagen, supported by over 40 solar trade associations from around the world. 

US Subsidies for Black Liquor Use Distort International Competition

Brussels, 11 December 2009

Pulp and paper associations around the world, including CEPI have requested that the US Administration stops its pulp and paper industry benefiting from the Fuel Tax Credit scheme after December, 31st 2009, as initially scheduled, and that the US pulp and paper industry’s eligibility for the Cellulosic Biofuel Producer Credit and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program is not granted.

Improved gas transmission information

10th December 2009

Last year, at the Madrid Gas Forum 2008, all internal gas market stakeholders
agreed that improved fundamental data transparency was necessary for the
development of an effective, efficient and integrated market.

To improve the current patchy level of transparency in Europe’s gas networks,
EFET1, OGP2, Eurelectric, Eurogas, GEODE3 and CEDEC4 presented a list of
minimum requirements to apply across the EU. Other associations and

BirdLife’s case for the role of ecosystems in climate change adaptation

One of BirdLife’s ‘5 Asks’ at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is for the recognition of the vital importance of safeguarding biodiversity, ecosystems and the essential services they provide in climate change adaptation. 

Electronic Invoicing – standards for interoperability

The European Standardization System has a long-standing commitment to encourage innovation and promote interoperability. In support of this mission − and based on the expertise of more than 70 companies, tax authorities and technical experts − CEN has published today the results of its Workshop on ‘Electronic Invoices and Compliance’ in Europe.

WILFRIED MARTENS RE-ELECTED EPP PRESIDENT FOR A NEW TERM – BONN CONGRESS

The former Prime Minister of Belgium, Wilfried Martens, was re-elected today for a new 3-year term as President of the European People’s Party (EPP). President Martens (73) received the overwhelming support of delegates (92 per cent) on the first day of the two-day EPP Congress, which is taking place in Bonn, Germany in the historic former Bundestag building. The Congress is hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Appointment of national MPs to European Parliament would breach the Treaty

"If the European Council (10-11 December) agrees a draft protocol on the appointment of French national MPs to the European Parliament, the ALDE Group will insist on the holding of a new Convention", claimed Andrew Duff MEP (UK Lib Dems), ALDE spokesman on constitutional affairs.

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Beyond Copenhagen ‘Special Week’ coverage on climate change

EurActiv, the independent media portal specialised in EU policies, is running special coverage on the UN climate change conference currently taking place in Copenhagen. The special coverage will cover the two weeks of the conference, from 7 to 18 December.
The special coverage will feature regular updates on the state of advancement in negotiations by Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, who will report from the high-level segment of the conference in Copenhagen, from 15 to 18 December.

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