Morten Damkjaer Nielsen appointed as temporary Director for Agricultural Biotechnology

Brussels, 2 September 2009

EuropaBio is pleased to announce that Morten Damkjaer Nielsen has been appointed as temporary Director for Agricultural Biotechnology.

De Gucht will be a credible and committed commissioner

The European Parliament today held hearings with several new commissioners replacing former members of the College of Commissioners who have taken up other positions.

Commenting on the debate with Karel De Gucht, Belgium's commissioner designate to replace Louis Michel as development commissioner for the remainder of the current Commission's mandate, Charles Goerens (PD, Luxembourg) ALDE spokesperson on the EP Development Committee said:

"Karel de Gucht demonstrated that he is a qualified, credible and committed actor for the thorny dossier of development cooperation."

La Commission européenne rappelle à l'ordre l'industrie automobile

La Commission européenne a rappelé aujourd'hui aux constructeurs automobiles que leurs prochains modèles ne pourront plus être vendus sur le marché européen à partir de 2011 si leur système de climatisation ne répondait pas aux nouvelles normes de réduction de gaz à effet de serre.

Le commissaire Gunther Verheugen (Entreprise) répondait ainsi à Chris DAVIES (LibDem., Royaume-Uni), coordinateur de l'ADLE au sein de la commission de l'environnement, lequel reprochait à l'industrie de renâcler pour s'adapter à la nouvelle législation européenne.

Stagnation of the quantities of used portable batteries recycled in 2008

Only 27 600 tons originating from the 27 EU Member-States
have been recycled

Brussels, 1st September 2009 – EBRA, the leading association of the battery recycling, urged the governments where the 2006 Battery Directive has been recently implemented to intensify their efforts for achieving the mandatory collection rate of 25% on schedule(2012).

Commission lays down the law to car makers

The European Commission today warned car manufacturers that new types of vehicle cannot be sold on the European market from 2011 unless they comply with requirements to reduce global warming emissions from air conditioning systems.

Enterprise Commissioner Gunther Verheugen was responding to a challenge by Chris Davies MEP (UK, Liberal Democrat), ALDE environment spokesperson, who claimed that the car makers were challenging the Commission and trying to avoid compliance.

Sustainability still an issue for business despite the downturn

RICS Global Property Sustainability Survey, Q2 2009

Date: 31 August 2009

Sustainability remains high on the agenda despite the worsening economic climate, according to the latest global commercial property sustainability survey, released by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

Caritas supports international efforts for review of the UN Convention Against Corruption

Brussels, 28 August 2009 - Caritas Europa has recently joined a group of 14 faith-based organisations in their call to the EU to strongly support the forthcoming review of the UN Convention Against Corruption. An important moment in this process will be the Conference of States parties scheduled in Doha for November of this year.

The group has sent a joint letter to the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt who is currently chairing the EU Presidency listing five major demands:

Central European Countries Plan Extensive Cooperation for Rare Diseases

• Participants from six countries at meeting of experts in Salzburg

• Successful initiative of the EHFG and Austrian Ministry of Health

• Cross-border centres of expertise are to enable an improved exchange of information and additional therapies

Energy-saving light bulbs: good for consumers but outstanding issues need to be addressed

From 1st September 2009, incandescent light bulbs will gradually be removed from the European market. ANEC, the European Consumer Voice in Standardisation and BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, welcome the phasing-out of incandescent light bulbs. Not only will consumers benefit financially from the measure, but most importantly, they will be able to contribute to improved energy efficiency by reducing their energy consumption.

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