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Sir, Regarding ‘Carbon tariffs resurface in Copenhagen aftermath‘: The European Commission held a well attended (although perhaps not well publicised) ‘Carbon Tax’ conference at the end of November. There were a range of speakers including ex-commissioner Kovacs. The economists who spoke made a couple of important points. First, there needs to be EU environmental tax… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU justice chief plans civil code, privacy laws‘: So far EU approximation of consumer contract law has shied away from fixing common sanctions and common procedural rules. In Luxembourg, we just lost after 12 years a cross-border package travel case with a Belgian tour operator. He invoked a one-year statutory limit to go… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Algae: The ultimate biofuel‘: Because microalgae can, in principle, be easily and quickly propagated, these organisms have been the focus of applied research investigating the generation of valuable biomass. Decisive factors in the rising intersts for algae include its ability to accommodate large quantities of lipids under certain circumstances, and the possibility to… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU staff consider strike over pay freeze‘: Whilst the article is factually correct, one has to wonder about the relevance of the comparisons with certain member states. Ireland is in a crisis which is largely due to “irrational exuberance”. Yet only the highest-paid civil servants (who are certainly not totally innocent in respect… » read more

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