Press conference of Phil Hogan, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, on the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020.

Big Phil backs Mercosur to rein in Bolsonaro on climate

October 2nd, 2019 Phil Hogan has said that the controversial Mercosur trade deal gives the EU “some leverage” to work with Brazil on environmental issues such as deforestation in the Amazon. Mr Hogan was speaking earlier this week during a hearing for his nomination as Trade Commissioner during which he fielded numerous questions on environment […]

No deal Brexit bad for environment, says expert

June 27th, 2019 A no-deal Brexit would see any meaningful conversation around environmental policy completely abandoned, a British expert has said. Speaking recently at an event in DCU about the implications of Brexit on the environment, Professor Charlotte Burns said that the risks of a no-deal Brexit including an “economic crash in the UK” would […]

Strong UK environmental watchdog needed post-Brexit

December 3rd, 2018 Some of Europe’s leading environmental group have called on the European Commission to push for the creation of a strong environmental watchdog in the UK once it leaves the EU. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, both the UK and the EU have committed to ensuring that the level of environmental protection as provided […]

Brexit draft withdrawal agreement seeks to quell any rollback on environmental standards

November 16th, 2018 A provision seeking to sustain current levels of environmental protection across the island of Ireland post-Brexit has been included in the draft withdrawal agreement released yesterday. The draft agreement includes a clause that seeks to ensure that neither the EU nor the UK can roll back on environmental laws, regulations and practices […]

Numerous environmental challenges arising from Brexit, warns European expert

October 5th, 2018 Brexit is set to cause a major environmental headache on the island of Ireland without a clear “common rulebook” for our flora and fauna, an EU expert said yesterday. Speaking at the Environment Ireland conference, Nigel Haigh of the Institute for European Environmental Policy told the audience that the “pain” of Brexit will […]

Will nature be on the European Council menu?

September 19th, 2018 Both today and tomorrow, EU leaders are gathering in Salzburg for an informal Council summit that will end with a working lunch (sans Theresa May) to discuss Brexit. On the menu is likely to be the state of play in the negotiations on the key withdrawal issues (including the Irish backstop) and […]

Brexit: UK strategy calls for robust environment and climate regulatory standards

July 9th, 2018 Theresa May’s latest Brexit proposals seek to maintain high regulatory standards for the environment and climate change and claims that she will not let standards fall below their current levels. The proposal also seeks to establish a free trade area for goods between the UK and the EU. Ms May’s Cabinet hopes that this will avoid “friction” at the border, protect jobs and […]

The Parliament's debating chamber Photo: Diliff

Chief Brexit negotiator calls for safeguarding of environmental cooperation post-Brexit

October 6th, 2017 The European Parliament passed a motion this week calling for the safeguarding of Irish cross-border cooperation schemes after Brexit, including environmental issues. The motion passed on Tuesday states that the UK’s withdrawal agreement must be “fully consistent” with the Good Friday Agreement and the six areas of cooperation agreed under it, one of […]

Seanad Brexit report

Environmental standards must remain aligned across island of Ireland post-Brexit, Seanad report finds

July 6th, 2017 Government action is required to ensure that environmental regulation is aligned across the island of Ireland in a post-Brexit world, a new Seanad report has found. The report – Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions – also calls for Ireland to be “considered a single bio-geographic unit” amid fears that UK and EU regulation […]