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German Marshall Fund of the US

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

European agriculture ready to do its part to combat climate change

9 December 2008

On the occasion of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Copa and Cogeca highlighted their commitment to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, they presented a declaration on the role of agriculture in the fight against climate change.

One for all and all for me atitude won't prevent climate chaos

Graham Watson, Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe was in Paris today for a final meeting of Parliament's Group Leaders with President Sarkozy ahead of this week's EU Summit.

"We have reached the 11th hour on the climate change deal" said Watson after the meeting." The EU has positioned itself as the global leader on carbon emission reduction. Now Member States need to show they mean what they say when it comes to the environment. They need to recognise that investment now is money and lives saved in the future."

Passengers travelling by sea to receive compensation in case of accident

Thanks to the European Parliament, maritime passengers in Europe will be sure to receive compensation in case of accident similar to air passengers.

This is the outcome achieved yesterday night following 3 years of intense negotiation between the European Parliament and the Member States on the third maritime safety package (Erika III). The agreement will have now to be voted in plenary by the European Parliament and confirmed by the Council.

Court of Auditors removes the fig leaf from CAP subsidies

BirdLife welcomes new report of Court of Auditors criticising the effectiveness of cross compliance

Brussels, 9 December 2008 –BirdLife International [1] welcomed the report [2] by the EU Court of Auditors which was published today on the effectiveness of cross compliance. The NGO regrets however that the report, which had been made available to Commission and Member States in early 2008 and finalised last October, was only made public nearly a month after the decision on the CAP Health check was taken.

"European Union united for a sustainable energy future:Agreement on the new EU Directive on Renewable Energy"

Brussels, 9th December 2008. EU Parliament delegation, EU Council and European Commission agreed today on the EU Directive on Renewable Energy. The Directive sets ambitious rules to put renewable energy at top of energy mix. Deal must not be re-opened in European Summit this week under French EU Presidency.

MetroCities: moving into the 3rd millennium – and stimulating the economy

9 December 2008

The 3rd International Metro Conference of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) closed in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the end of last week with the message that investment in public transport infrastructure projects, in particular rail, can rapidly help to stimulate the ailing economy.

European political agreement recognises the need for biofuels

Brussels, 9 December 2008: The European Bioethanol Fuel
Association (eBIO) welcomes the political agreement reached between
the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parliament on the biofuels
part of the draft Renewable Energy Sources Directive and congratulates
both the French Presidency and the European Commission with the
achieved result.

“This Directive will assure that only those biofuels that comply with
unprecedentedly strict environmental and social sustainability standards

Europe’s energy future changed today

Brussels, 9 December 2008

For the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the Renewable Energy Directive,
agreed today, confirms Europe as the leader of the energy revolution the world needs.

The target means that more than one third of EU electricity must come from renewables in 2020 and wind energy will be the biggest contributor. Moreover, the directive addresses existing barriers that prevent Europe from fully exploiting its largest domestic energy resource.

Position paper of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee „Extractive Industries“ (SSDCEI) on EU Commission’s climate package of

The Social Dialogue Committee „Extractive Industries“ (SSDCEI) wants to preserve the European Union as a competitive and environment-friendly industrial location. A sustainable policy for industry, energy and climate has to provide real protection for the climate, foster industrial development and innovation, secure a long term supply of environment- and climate-friendly energy and promote social progress.

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