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New EU-Eurojust report reveals organised crime groups behind environmental crimes

24 Nov 2014

A new report by Eurojust, the EU’s judicial cooperation body, reveals that organised crime groups (OCGs) are behind cross-border environmental crime. At the same time, paradoxically, despite huge profits from these crimes (estimated at USD 30-70 billion per year. Source: OECD), statistics show that environmental crime is seldom prosecuted by national authorities. The number of […]...
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The Court clarifies Member States’ obligations as regards respecting the limit values for nitrogen dioxide

20 Nov 2014

When a Member State finds that the limit values cannot be respected before the deadline fixed by  the Air Quality Directive and wishes to postpone that deadline for a maximum of five years, that  Member State is required to make an application for the postponement of the deadline by drawing  up an air quality plan […]...
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Europe’s cities still suffering from harmful air pollution

20 Nov 2014

Air pollution in Europe comes with a high price tag, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). While policies have improved air quality overall, air pollution is still the main environmental health hazard, resulting in high costs for health care systems, unhealthy workers and an estimated 400 000 premature deaths in […]...
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Mid-term evaluation report on INSPIRE implementation

13 Nov 2014

The INSPIRE Directive aims to establish a European Spatial Data Infrastructure in order to support policy making by providing more and better spatial data. The Directive came into force in 2007 and is expected to be fully implemented by 2020. The European Environment Agency  analysed the state of implementation of the Directive at the mid-point of its implementation. […]...
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REACH: Restrictions are focus of new enforcement project

12 Nov 2014

Helsinki, 10 November 2014 – At their recent plenary meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided that its next major project will focus on enforcing REACH Annex XVII restrictions. The scope and individual restrictions to be covered will be confirmed in early 2015. Inspections will then take place during 2016. The final […]...
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Make it Work: Towards a roadmap for future EU environmental regulation

11 Nov 2014

Make it Work: Towards a roadmap for future EU environmental regulation is a network of Member States led by the Netherlands, UK and Germany committed to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of EU environmental legislation without compromising environmental standards. The project aims to share best practice and investigate opportunities for simplification. Specific aims are to: establish an […]...
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