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Eurobrief March 2010

EU strategy for green growth published

The Commission published its 2020 strategy for sustainable growth this month, a set of initiatives that replaces the Lisbon strategy.

Environment Committee to vote on Adapting to Climate Change Draft Report

Parliament's Environment Committee adopted Rapporteur Vittorio Prodi's Draft Report on the White Paper: 'Adapting to Climate Change' on 16 March 2010 by 49 votes in favour, 3 against and 2 abstentions.

Court of Justice applies 'polluter pays' principle

The Court of Justice has ruled that operators with installations located close to a polluted area may be deemed liable for the pollution.

Environment Committee debates IPPC Revision

The Council common position for the IPPC recast has suffered a blow at the discussion of the Rapporteur’s draft recommendation for the second reading in Parliament’s Environment Committee on 17 March 2010.

MEP calls for sectoral agreements to tackle Climate Change after Copenhagen failure

Parliament’s Environment Committee chairman Jo Leinen (Germany, S&D) has said that the EU should examine alternatives to international climate change talks, in view of the difficulties in reaching agreement under the UN process.

EU's biodiversity campaign online

The EU’s new Biodiversity Campaign is now online, with a section covering actions taken to fight biodiversity loss.