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Eurociett/UNI-Europa Joint Declaration on the Directive on working conditions for temporary agency workers

Building and lighting focus in Communication on ICT and Energy Efficiency

EuroACE welcomes the European Commission's announcement today that it plans to promote the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) to improve energy efficiency in buildings, lighting and the power grid.

Savings banks adopt resolution on a greener banking

ESBG and its 26 members make official their commitment to be eco-responsible market drivers by adopting a Resolution on the Environment during their General Assembly in Brussels. Building on this ESBG is also organising a Conference on “Towards a greener savings and retail banking sector” on 7 May in the Committee of the Regions notably with UN IPCC member Pr Jean-Pascal van Ypersele and French Minister Jean-Louis Borloo.

National parliaments in South-East Europe must strengthen cooperation

Doris Pack MEP, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Delegation for South-Eastern Europe, has drawn a positive conclusion from the Joint Parliamentary Meeting between the European Parliament and the national parliaments of the Western Balkans yesterday in Brussels. The meeting, which was jointly organised by the European Parliament and the Slovenian parliament, brought together national Members of Parliament from the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and from Albania.

Biodiversity protection, not just words on paper but real best practices by the paper industry!

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) organised today a side-event on the role of the forest-based industries in protecting biodiversity at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Human lives more important than industrial interests

During this morning's debate on an interim report on the scientific facts of climate change, drawn up by Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change, Jens Holm (GUE/NGL, Sweden) welcomed the report but said we should be going much further.
"We need to help our citizens live in an nvironmentally friendly way" said MEP Holm, calling for less car travel, less plane travel and a stop to the endless building of motorways. "We must question the EU's current economic model based on continual growth, which is not sustainable," he concluded.

Economic Outlook 2007/2008: European engineering industry continues to ride the wave – Employment up by 250,000

Following the upbeat performance of 2007 by Orgalime’s industries with the volume of production rising some 5.8 percent in the EU27, early official data sees the trend continuing during the early months of 2008. “This is again a strong figure” said Orgalime Secretary General, Adrian Harris “Overall, order books are filled above average, confidence is rather high, employment is up by some 250 000 and investment plans are still positive. This means that 2008 has started off well for our industry, the largest manufacturing sector in Europe.”

Save More Than Fuel”: European petroleum industry partners with the European Commission in pan-European consumer campaign

The European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA) and the European Commission, represented by Energy Commissioner Piebalgs, are launching today a campaign across 29 countries to encourage consumers to ‘Save More Than Fuel’ by making small adjustments to their driving behaviour.

Counterfeit medicines, already widespread in the developing world, are now being found increasingly in the EU. While Internet-based sales are the main source of counterfeit medicines, these products are also appearing in the traditional supply chain. Urgent measures are required to protect European patients,
including a ban on medicine repackaging.

No Political Agreement on Pesticide Legislation Affecting Food Affordability in Europe

The Agriculture Council failed to reach a political agreement regarding the amended European Commission proposal on the placing of pesticides on the market. One of the main points on which the Ministers could not agree was the principle of ‘cut-off criteria’ based on the potential hazard of the substances alone instead of scientific risk assessment.

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