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12 May 2017

European parliament calls for ban on vegetable oils in biofuel over reported links to human rights abuses

Author: Brian Collett, Ethical Performance

...Members of the European Parliament have called for the ban on the grounds that vegetable oil farming has destroyed vital ecological areas, violated human rights and hiked food prices. Altogether 97 per cent of members backed a resolution demanding a...

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5 May 2017

Germany: Parliament to absolve govt. from responsibility over Volkswagen emission scandal; EU inquiry raises concerns

Author: Peter Teffer, EU Observer

Members of the lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, plan to fully exonerate the German government of any responsibility for emissions cheating by car manufacturers... A separate inquiry, carried out by members of the European Parliament...

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3 May 2017

EU: MEPs call for rules on human rights obligations of private security companies

Author: European Parliament

Private security companies must respect minimum requirements on accountability, the screening of staff and reporting on misconduct [...] said committee MEPs on Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Committee and Defence Sub-Committee MEPs advocate EU-wide rules on...

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3 May 2017

Planned power plants in the Balkans need review as EU adopts tougher pollution standards

Author: CEE Bankwatch Network

The European Union has...approved an updated set of binding standards for power plants, which include new, stricter pollution limits. The standards, known as the LCP BREF...will help prevent thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution from...

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2 May 2017

Europe: Health experts to study VW emission scandal impact

Author: Peter Teffer, EU Observer

Researchers will look at how the health of the population in the 28 EU member states, plus Switzerland, has been affected by excess emissions from diesel cars. For years, carmakers have produced diesel passenger cars that comply with EU emissions...

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30 April 2017

Wary of Trump, European Union assures Iran on Nuclear Deal

Author: Khaleej Times

Wary of US President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to signal to its commitment to a nuclear deal and holding out the promise of its economic payoff ahead of May 19 presidential polls, EU diplomats say....

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27 April 2017

Iran's Rouhani defends his economic record before May election

Author: Reuters, Parisa Hafezi

Wary of US President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to signal to its commitment to a nuclear deal and holding out the promise of its economic payoff ahead of May 19 presidential polls, EU diplomats say....

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27 April 2017

EU: Parliament closes loopholes used by multinationals to avoid paying tax

Author: European Parliament

MEPs amended the EU’s anti-tax avoidance directive to prevent multinationals taking advantage of mismatches between EU and third countries’ tax rules to reduce their tax bills... If EU ministers back these amendments, corporations established in two...

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15 April 2017

Indonesian & Malaysian palm oil firms acknowledge increasing need to respond to human rights concerns, not just environmental ones

Author: Hannah Koh, Eco-Business

"Has the conversation about palm oil moved from environment to people?", 12 April 2017...

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13 April 2017
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Author: Jacques Théodore Balima, Lefaso.net (Burkina Faso)

"Orpaillage : « Eau Vive » veut promouvoir les droits humains sur les sites", 12 avril 2017...

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