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Heating of buildings and warm water production are two major causes of energy consumption in Europe, and account for a significant proportion of overall European CO2 emissions (between 25% and 30% of the total). To read the full article, click here —————————————- Post written by Laurent ZIBELL. Founder of the political association “Forum Civique” (1995-1999)… » read more

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Avant toute adoption d’un projet législatif européen (économique, social, politique), les élus européens doivent être en mesure de vérifier si les critères environnementaux ont bien été intégrés dans ce projet. Pour le garantir, nous proposons la création d’un Observatoire du développement durable qui se grefferait au Parlement européen. Pour lire l’article complet, cliquez ici ———————————–… » read more

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Before the adoption of any European legislative project (economic, social, political), elected officials need to be able to verify if environmental criteria have been well-integrated into it. To guarantee this, we propose the creation of a sustainable development monitoring centre that will be attached to the European Parliament To read the full article, click here… » read more

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Rail is a highly sustainable mode of transport that is well-adapted to the medium population densities present in Europe. However, the European rail networks need to be transformed deeply. To read the full article, click here —————————————— Post written by Laurent ZIBELL, founder of the political association “Forum Civique” (1995-1999) and of the association “European… » read more

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The European Union’s so-called Community Initiatives were launched about 15 years ago in order to encourage the participation of local actors in cooperation and the exchange of experiences on a European level. LEADER, URBAN, EQUAL and other acronyms stood for a bottom-up approach to local planning and the participation of civil society in political decision-making.… » read more

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Repenser les procédures d’autorisation des variétés transgéniques en Europe est un impératif, tant d’un point de vue scientifique que démocratique. Ces procédures doivent garantir une évaluation indépendante et rigoureusedes dossiers, associer les citoyens aux prises de décisions à travers un processus aussi transparent que possible et permettre le recours à des clauses de sauvegarde tant… » read more

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Rethinking the authorization procedures of trans-genetic varieties in Europe is imperative, both from a scientific and a democratic perspective. These procedures need to guarantee a rigorous independent evaluation of files, involve citizens in decision-making throughout a process that is as transparent as possible and which gives recourse to both national and regional safeguard clauses. Without… » read more

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We ask for coherent polices to ensure the well-being of small farmers. About 10 million of the 14 million farms in the EU are under 5 hectares in size. Of this total, two-thirds are operating at subsistence level, the other third mainly on a semi-subsistence basis. They are the homes of 10 million households, they… » read more

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Depuis 1992, les réformes successives de la Politique agricole commune (PAC) ont introduit de nouvelles priorités non-alimentaires, comme la protection de l’environnement, le développement des territoires ruraux, le changement climatique et les énergies renouvelables. Les institutions européennes cherchent à renforcer la politique de développement rural pour répondre à ces « nouveaux défis » et s’écartent… » read more

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Since 1992, successive reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have introduced new non-food priorities like environmental protection, development of rural areas, climate change and renewable energy. The European institutions are trying to strengthen rural development policy to respond to these “new challenges” and part ways with the policy of supporting agricultural revenues. And yet,… » read more

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