Brussels Briefing on Environment – May 2012

In this latest issue of the Brussels Briefing on EU Environment Policy, leading environment & energy journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an extensive update on the progress made when it comes to environment in the European Union.

With the ‘Green Week’ – the EU’s biggest event on environment – coming up, a lot of attention goes out to this year’s theme; water. Although the Water Blue Print Report will be issued by the Commission later this year, it already provides enough food for thought. As does the existing Water Framework Directive. Others topics discussed in this Brussels Briefing include the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment, which aim to stimulate innovation.

Furthermore, Van Renssen pays attention to Climate Commissioner Hedegaard’s proposal to boost EU carbon prices. As well as to the current shale gas discussion in the European Parliament (EP). Atypically, the parliament is not divided by political colour but rather according to nationality. Final point of discussion is the Rio+20 summit, which is plagued by setbacks. The EP delegation cancelled over rising costs and there are some strong voices favouring economic development over environmental goals.

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