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by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:35:57 PM EST
EUobserver / Scrapping of environmental plans 'alarming'

The commission is due to present its so-called working programme next week, but a draft of the 2015 legislative programme was leaked on Thursday (11 December).

The same day, the regional director of BirdLife Europe wrote an open letter on behalf of 10 environmental groups to commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, who is in charge of "better regulation".

"It is alarming that, despite all the public reassurances of President Juncker and yourself ... you seem to have immediately singled out key proposals for environment and health protection as your prime target", the letter said.

The letter, dated 11 December, was signed by groups such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF.



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by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:36:07 PM EST
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I'm SHOCKED, I tell you, SHOCKED
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Dec 13th, 2014 at 02:19:15 PM EST
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New EU-wide food labelling rules begin to apply | EurActiv

New EU food labelling rules will come into force on Saturday (13 December). The aim is to ensure that consumers receive clearer and more accurate information about what they buy and eat.

The new rules will force restaurants and cafés to list 14 different allergens in the menus - including nuts, gluten, lactose, soy or milk.

Displaying allergens was until then only mandatory for pre-packed foods.

Nano components will also have to be included in the ingredients list. Oils will need to refer to the plants used in their production, such as sunflower, palm or olive.

Fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry will need to carry a mandatory origin label, with a font size of at least 1.2 milimetres.



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by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:36:17 PM EST
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Organic sector disappointed by Commission proposal | EurActiv

The Commission's attempts to reform organic farming regulations aimed both to ease certain controls and establish stricter production conditions. But France's organic farmers have not been impressed by the proposed changes, largely designed to reassure consumers, which they say may end by hampering production.

...Étienne Gangneron, the president of the Organic Agency, has described the Commission proposal as illogical. "The existing legislation can certainly be improved upon, but the reforms put forward by the Commission have surprised us all. They are not what the sector or the member states were asking for. This is a Commission initiative, and it generally makes no sense," he said, adding that the public consultation was largely ignored by the European executive when it came to preparing the final text.

The reform package also includes a proposal to lower the test thresholds and the level of analysis that organic farms are required to undergo. But according to Gangneron, organic farmers "willingly" subject their businesses to the current annual compulsory test and unannounced spot check.

For him, the controls placed on imported organic produce represent a greater problem. There are about 300 different organisations regulating organic produce in Europe, and he says that the harmonisation of standards and laboratory testing is essential "in order to reassure consumers".



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by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:36:30 PM EST
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EU court nails Austria, Poland over breaches to green energy rules | EurActiv

Austria is breaking European Union law with its plans to shelter energy-intensive industries from the cost of subsidising renewable power, one of the top EU courts said yesterday (11 December).

In a separate decision, an advocate general to the EU's highest tribunal, the Court of Justice of the European Union, found Poland had failed to implement in full the EU renewable energy law and should be ordered to pay a daily fine.

...Germany, by contrast, earlier this year won EU and court backing for its green energy scheme to the relief of big business.



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by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:36:41 PM EST
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Oil price plunge continues as IEA forecasts weaker demand in 2015 | Business | The Guardian

Benchmark Brent crude has fallen 46% since June and was close to $62 (£39) as the IEA warned of the threat of global social instability and the potential for financial defaults in big producer countries such as Venezuela and Russia.

The oil price has plummeted in response to a massive buildup of shale-derived oil in the US, reduced fears of fighting in Iraq disrupting supplies, and slower growth in demand as the world economy falters.

A decision by the Opec oil cartel two weeks ago to keep its production at existing levels has been taken as a signal by traders and shippers that the producers' cartel is happy to see prices fall for the forseeable future.

The IEA said in its December monthly oil report that it was cutting its 2015 demand growth forecast by 230,000 barrels a day to 900,000, partly because of falling output in former Soviet countries.



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by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:36:53 PM EST
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