Golden Opportunity to Stop Deforestation Caused by EU Consumption

Fires raging in the Amazon are started deliberately to make way for large-scale industrial agriculture – and EU market demand for commodities produced on former-forest land is adding fuel to the fires. Globally, the EU is responsible for over 10% of forest destruction through its consumption of commodities like meat, dairy, soy …

Significant Progress in Expanding Protected Nature Sites in Eastern Europe

The EEA’s briefing ‘Protected areas in the Eastern Partnership countries‘ found that between 2000 and 2019 coverage of nationally protected areas were expanded in all six partnership countries which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Thanks to the European Commission’s financial and Council of Europe’s technical support, 561 so-called …

The COVID-19 Crisis Has a Profound Impact Also on the Energy Sector

In three reports published today, the Energy Community Secretariat assesses the current status of financial liquidity of the electricity sector; compiles information about support from International Financial Institutions and commercial banks; and measures taken by energy regulators to address the ongoing issues, concluding that the COVID-19 crisis has a profound impact …

Major New Actions for Migratory Species

Ten migratory species added to global wildlife agreement including the Asian Elephant, Jaguar and Great Indian Bustard Gandhinagar declaration sends strong message on importance of migratory species for new global biodiversity strategy The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species …

EFSE and BT Mic Join Forces to Provide Local Currency Financing for Romanian MSEs

The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) has provided BT Microfinanțare (BT Mic), part of Banca Transilvania Financial Group, with a second loan in Romanian leu equivalent to EUR 7 million to expand access to local currency finance for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in the country. BT Mic focuses …

PFAS Pollution Is Widespread in Europe but Risks Are Still Poorly Understood

The EEA briefing ‘Emerging chemical risks in Europe — PFAS’ presents an overview of the known and potential risks to human health and the environment in Europe posed by per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). These extremely persistent and man-made chemicals are used in a variety of consumer products and …