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Parliament votes down motion to block gas from EU energy project list

February 12th, 2020 The European Parliament today backed the EU’s list of priority energy projects that includes dozens of gas schemes critics say are incompatible with the bloc’s climate ambitions. This morning, the Parliament voted down a motion – 169 in favour, 443 against – to veto the Commission’s Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list […]

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European Parliament cements EU support for dozens of new gas projects

January 22nd, 2020 The European Parliament’s Energy Committee today voted down a motion to reject the EU’s list of priority energy projects that includes dozens of gas schemes critics say are incompatible with the bloc’s climate ambitions. Inclusion on the Projects of Commons Interest (PCI) list gives large-scale energy projects access to a streamlined planning […]

Ministers ignore EU legal deadline to ending overfishing by 2020

December 18th, 2019 EU fisheries Ministers have agreed to set various fisheries quota levels above scientifically suggested levels and will fail to meet their own legal deadline to end overfishing by 2020. The EU AGRIFISH Council meeting closed in Brussels this morning following all-night negotiations as is typical in recent years, with the need to […]

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Access to environmental information poor across EU

December 6th, 2019 Citizens across Europe continue to face difficulties in gaining access to information on environmental matters despite clear national, EU and international rights, a new report has found. An analysis carried out by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) shows that citizens are becoming increasingly engaged in a desire to access information held by […]

Ireland not among states calling for aviation climate contribution

Ireland is not among the EU states calling for the bloc to put a price on aviation’s contribution to climate change.  Finance ministers from nine EU countries have called upon the newly appointed European Commission to help end the under-taxation of aviation as jet fuel remains largely tax-exempt.  Ministers from the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Belgium, […]

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Bill would make it ‘impossible’ to challenge poor planning decisions

November 12th, 2019 Environmental groups have expressed deep concern at a new Bill put forward by the Minister for Planning that they say would make it almost impossible to challenge planning decisions in the courts. The Green News has seen a version of the Heads of the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019 sent […]

Scientists call for CAP reform to halt ‘catastrophic’ biodiversity decline

November 4th, 2019 Over 2,500 scientists have sent a letter to the European Parliament outlining “catastrophic declines” suffered by birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects from intensive agricultural practices. The letter details the effects that an increasingly intensive agriculture model is having on biodiversity, with the scientists calling for a “far-reaching reform” of the bloc’s […]

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Commission confirms Shannon LNG amid 55 gas projects on special EU energy list

November 1st, 2019 The European Commission has confirmed that the Shannon LNG gas terminal is included among 55 fossil fuel projects on the EU’s latest list of priority energy projects. In one of the last acts of President Juncker’s administration, the Commission rubber-stamped the Projects of Commons Interest (PCI) list that critics say flies in […]

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Still time for State to pull support for Shannon LNG

October 17th, 2019 The Government is trying to pass the buck on the controversial decision to include a gas terminal in the Shannon estuary on the EU’s priority energy list, the European Parliament has heard. Speaking at the Parliament’s energy committee yesterday, the Green Party’s Ciaran Cuffe said that it is still within the Government’s […]