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Feb 26, 2014

European politicians back tougher anti-tobacco rules

BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – EU politicians voted for a new
anti-tobacco law on Wednesday that forces cigarette makers to
increase the size of health warnings on packets and for the
first time regulates electronic cigarettes.

Campaigners say the vote marked a turning point for public
health, but that intensive industry lobbying had reduced the
impact of a law designed to tackle an estimated 700,000
tobacco-related deaths in Europe every year.

Feb 26, 2014

EU policy gap choking off next generation green fuel-industry

BRUSSELS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Projects to deliver a next
generation of green transport fuel, which new research says
could cut EU oil consumption by millions of tonnes per year, are
on hold because of an EU policy vacuum, representatives of the
industry say.

Specific EU targets for low carbon transport fuel expire in
2020 and suggested EU climate and energy policy for 2030, to be
discussed by EU ministers in Brussels next week, includes only
an overall carbon-cutting goal for all energy.

Feb 24, 2014

Concerns raised over Germany’s Audi, BMW lending cars to EU

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Some European politicians and
transparency campaigners have raised concerns about German
luxury carmakers Audi and BMW providing free cars to EU member
states while negotiations were under way over strict new
emissions targets.

The immediate concern is sponsorship involving the free loan
of scores of luxury cars to five countries over a 2-1/2-year
period that coincided with the debate over new limits for carbon
dioxide emissions.

Feb 20, 2014

EU hits Ukraine with sanctions, threatens more over bloodshed

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Thursday to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.

As Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times, EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels decided on measures against Kiev including visa bans, asset freezes and a suspension of the export of riot control equipment like water cannon, body armour and helmets.

Feb 20, 2014

EU hits Ukraine with sanctions, threatens more

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Thursday to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse.

As Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times, EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels agreed measures against Kiev including visa bans, asset freezes and restrictions on the export of anti-riot equipment.

Feb 20, 2014

EU to rule on state aid for 28 airports, airlines by September

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union regulators aim to rule by September whether state aid granted to 28 airports and budget airlines, such as Ryanair, is legal, the European Commission said on Thursday as it unveiled tougher laws to ban public funds for big airports.

The new rules replace 1994 and 2005 guidelines and specify whether and how much aid EU authorities can grant to the more than 460 airports across the 28-country bloc.

Feb 20, 2014

Aircraft face fines as deadline looms for EU pollution penalties

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – U.S. airlines have
stepped up the pressure on EU countries not to impose fines for
alleged breaches of emissions rules in the latest twist to an
international row over aircraft pollution.

The warning coincided with a deadline on Thursday for
European Union nations to start enforcing rules covering 2012
emissions that could lead to fines of millions of euros against
aircraft operators.

Feb 13, 2014

Twelve EU ministers urge Brussels to rethink GM maize

BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Ministers from 12 EU countries
have written to European Health Commissioner Tonio Borg asking
him not to approve a strain of genetically modified maize to be
grown for human consumption, even though he says he is legally
bound to do so.

Widely grown in the Americas and Asia, GM crops are
generally unpopular in Europe, where public opposition is strong
and environmentalists have raised concerns about the impact on
biodiversity.

Feb 12, 2014

Green energy firms clash with big utilities on EU policy

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Leaders of six green energy
firms challenged big utilities on Wednesday by advocating a
tougher EU renewable goal to save billions in fossil fuel
imports and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive, in January put
forward a carbon-cutting goal of 40 percent by 2030 compared
with 1990 levels, plus an EU-wide renewables goal of 27 percent

Feb 11, 2014

EU executive set to back new GM crop, member states divided

BRUSSELS, Feb 11 (Reuters) – European Union ministers hit
deadlock on Tuesday on whether to let a new strain of
genetically modified (GM) maize be grown on EU soil for human
consumption, clearing the way for the bloc’s executive arm to
approve the crop automatically.

European Commission endorsement of insect-resistant Pioneer
1507, developed jointly by DuPont and Dow Chemical
, would end a decade-long debate and break Monsanto’s
monopoly in Europe’s small market for GMO crops.