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European countries continue to tackle illegal waste shipments together

30 Jul 2014

Regulatory authorities from 30 European countries have joined forces to combat illegal waste shipments. Over 22,000 shipments were checked during 2012 and 2013 by environmental authorities around Europe as part of the IMPEL network’s Enforcement Actions Project. The violations detected varied from administrative infringements to illegal shipments of electronic items and household waste. The Enforcement Actions [...]...
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Meet the UN Convention that protects environmental whistle-blowers

30 Jul 2014

By Nick Meynen (EJOLT) – 24 July 2014.  Environment Ministers and high level officials from all over Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia came to Maastricht in early July to make a renewed commitment to access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. At the 5th session of the Meeting of [...]...
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Expert meeting on inspection requirements in EU environmental legislation

29 Jul 2014

On 9 and 10 October 2014, an expert meeting on inspection requirements in EU environmental legislation will be held in Lisbon. The meeting, hosted by the Portuguese General Inspectorate for the Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning, is part of the project ‘Make it Work’. The project is an initiative of The Netherlands (Ministry of [...]...
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European Commission closes three cases of infringement of the CCS Directive

29 Jul 2014

The European Commission has closed infringement procedures against Cyprus, Hungary and Ireland. In November 2013, the Commission asked these Member States to comply with the Directive on the geological storage of CO2 (CCS Directive). These three Member States have now notified the European Commission that they have taken measures to incorporate the CCS Directive into [...]...
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New Study Published: ‘Soil and Water in a Changing Environment’

23 Jul 2014

The study ‘Soil and Water in a Changing Environment‘ (June 2014), carried out on behalf of the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission, gathers information on the dynamics between soil and water, focusing particularly on soil water retention (SWR). Soil water retention capacity can be defined as the capacity of the soil to capture, store and/or [...]...
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Industry may not be paying its way in packaging waste management

17 Jul 2014

Many EU businesses are failing to cover the net cost of recycling packaging waste, new research suggests. Industry is required to take responsibility for treating and recycling waste packaging in the EU; however, this study shows that producers in France, Portugal and Romania do not fully cover waste management costs. Packaging represents the largest fraction of [...]...
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