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The European Union's environmental policy has already achieved some beneficial results, but much more development is still needed in this field. Despite a series of common energy programmes, renewable energy sources are developing slowly because of higher costs, operating constraints and difficulties in getting beyond the trial stage. Other solutions include bio-combustibles, solar energy, forestry waste and wind-farms. Tackling climate change in an effective manner will require a high level of international co-operation. The EU is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Member States and the EU face the challenge of convincing car users to leave their cars at home and choose other options. Public transport providers and local planners must provide attractive and environmentally friendly alternatives. The fight against water pollution was one of the very first policies to be taken in hand by Europe. Air pollution and water contamination can all be tackled at source, while appropriate technical measures can address the various problems they create. The European goal is to reduce domestic consumption of energy, water and transport by encouraging households to adopt habits that are more in line with the principle of sustainable development. Adopting international rules to limit waste shipments is vital if we want to prevent the most hazardous waste products from being systematically shipped to the regions with the most lax environmental regimes. Although recycling has undoubtedly been a success, the progress it has achieved has largely been cancelled out by the rapid growth in the volume of hazardous waste.

 Environment 2000 Sunset on the European coast. The earth is a fragile...
Ref: P-006395 /00-1
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Wind turbines in Douglas, Central Scotland - harnessing wind...
Ref: P-006395 /00-2
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Lorraine, France. In what condition will this pure, clear...
Ref: P-006395 /00-3
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Factories in Great Britain.
Ref: P-006395 /00-4
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 City entrance, Northern Europe. The use of private cars in...
Ref: P-006395 /00-5
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Drought has always been one of the biggest problems in...
Ref: P-006395 /00-6
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Leaded petrol is condemned to disappear.
Ref: P-006395 /00-8
Date: 27/03/2000

 Environment 2000 Antarctic : no region on our planet is exempt from waste.
Ref: P-006395 /00-9
Date: 27/03/2000




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Fri 22/09
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On Wednesday, 4 October 2017, the European Commission has scheduled toadopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions seek to enforce EU law across Europe so that citizens and businesses can benefit fully from the internal market.
Mon 11/09
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Tue 26/09
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Tue 26/09
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 September 2017 Today the Commission issued a set of guidelines on the application of EU food and consumer laws to dual quality products, as announced by President Juncker in this year's State of the Union speech.
Tue 26/09
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 September 2017 The first summer without roaming charges shows that Europeans are aware of the new rules and have started changing their habits when travelling abroad in the EU.
Tue 26/09
European Commission - Daily News Daily News 26 / 09 / 2017 Brussels, 26 September 2017 La Commission publie un guide pour lutter contre les pratiques déloyales en matière de qualité des denrées alimentaires La Commission européenne a publié aujourd'hui un guide afin d'améliorer l'application de la législation de l'UE...
Tue 26/09
European - Statement Commission Brussels, 26 September 2017 Today, at the conclusion of the High-level meeting dedicated to the follow-up to the Fipronil incident, chaired by Commissioner Andriukaitis, the Member States and the Commission agreed on 19 concrete measures which will reinforce the EU's action against food fraud.
Mon 18/09
European Commission - Upcoming events The news: As part of the process started with the publication of the Reflection Paper on the Future of EU finances, the Commission is organising on 25 September 2017 a conference on the challenges ahead of the European Union budget and the ways to address...
Mon 25/09
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 September 2017 The European Commission has entered into further discussions with trade unions and employers' organisations at EU level on how to modernise the rules on employment contracts, in order to make these contracts fairer and more predictable for all types of workers.
Mon 25/09
European - Fact Sheet Commission Brussels, 25 September 2017 The European Commission has entered into further discussions with trade unions and employers' organisations at EU level on how to modernise the rules on employment contracts, in order to make these contracts fairer and more predictable for all types of workers.

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