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Sir, Regarding ‘Commissioner: Farm aid should be a third of EU budget‘: I was one of the contributors to the recent Centre for European Policy Studies report ‘For a Future Sustainable Competitive and Greener EU Budget’. The report came out in favour of restructuring the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) whilst predicting that such restructuring would… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Finland eyes world’s first ‘green highway’‘: It is indeed encouraging to read your news item on Finland’s ambition to create the first green highway in the world. However, Sweden and Norway are already almost there with a similar project, ‘Green Highway’, aka the E14, which stretches from the Atlantic to the Baltic, connecting… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Bosnians hope to travel visa-free to EU by autumn‘: The governments of the Republic of Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia have adopted a decision to temporarily facilitate the entry of aliens on tourist visits into their countries on the basis of valid Schengen residence permits and visas. Now that Bosnians hope to travel visa-free… » read more

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Sir, The Czech nomination for European Capital of Culture 2015 may have been decided upon in advance, say critics. On Wednesday a decision will be taken on whether the Czech nomination for the European Capital of Culture 2015 competition will go to Pilsen (home city to a popular lager beer brand) or to industrial Ostrava… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘European far-right defends Sarkozy’s Roma policy‘: During our lives, sometimes reality imposes hasty actions based on snap decisions, like the current situation created at EU level by the decisions of some Western European governments to throw out sections of the Roma population and return them to their countries of origin – mainly Romania… » read more

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Sir, Producing bio-fuels from microalgae oil has recently been proposed as a renewable, carbon neutral alternative to fossil-based transportation fuels. The excessive commercial and political interest in sustainable sources for transportation fuels from renewables is creating new opportunities, but also new challenges for industrial algae producers. As a result of their biochemical and morphological diversity,… » read more

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Sir, As ministers from across the EU-27 meet for the Informal Energy Council on 6-7 September, the oil refining industry urges them to recognise refining as an essential element of energy infrastructure and ensure that the Communication on Energy infrastructure includes oil pipelines and refining as a vital part of the supply chain for refined… » read more

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