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Sir, Your analysis of the 2008 greenhouse gas emissions data released earlier this month (‘Draft emissions data bodes well for EU carbon market‘) is unfortunately overly optimistic. The provisional data issued last week by the European Commission reveals that the EU’s flagship climate policy – its emissions trading scheme – has in fact just narrowly… » read more

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Sir, MEPs have backed a series of measures that could set animal protection in Europe back decades. Members of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee voted through a number of amendments that seriously weaken proposals from the European Commission to regulate animal testing across Europe. This is a tragedy. MEPs are claiming to protect laboratory animals… » read more

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Lessons from history

Sir, Regarding ‘‘Wise men’ chief admits EU failure on growth agenda’: Felipe González, a former Spanish prime minister and chairman of a reflection group on the future of Europe, stated that the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs had failed. That is right as regards the initial objective. But we must learn from history. In… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘MEPs back new rules on nanomaterials in cosmetics‘: The era of nanomaterials has arrived. Let’s not make the same mistake as we did with industrial chemicals, where we passed them off as safe on the back of animal tests, only to discover that many are very dangerous to human health. Today we can… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Unreformed European school system ‘might collapse’‘: Thank you for reporting about the European schools and the public hearing about the system in the European Parliament. I draw your attention to a comment made by one of the parents during the hearing: when talking about the European schools and the issues connected to them,… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Romania seeks IMF loan as Eastern crisis worsens‘: wiiw recently published its forecasts for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Kazakhstan and China, in a report entitled ‘Differentiated Impact of the Global Crisis’. It analyses recent economic developments and short- and medium-term development prospects, covering the countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Strauss: Europe ‘wasting billions’ by duplicating research‘: The EU only funds only a small proportion of research in Europe. It would be bad for fundamental research in Europe if it were possible to carry out a single type of research in a single laboratory, instead of using several independent groups, because the most… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU climate negotiator signals end of ‘free lunches’‘: In the run-up to the Copenhagen COP and further to your interview with the European Commission’s Runge-Metzger, PWR would like to raise the question: ‘Is what is being negotiated by all parties in fact simply ‘business as usual’?’ (BAU). To be effective, non-BAU scenarios normally… » read more

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Sir, Your LinksDossier on the PSD (‘Payment Services Directive: The end of cash era‘) states: “The Payment Services Directive does not cover Internet payments. Online purchases are regulated by the eMoney Directive adopted in 2000. The Commission is currently waiting for the PSD to enter into force before coming out with new proposals to amend… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU expert group calls for tightened financial supervision‘: A new report from Corporate Europe Observatory, entitled ‘Would you bank on them?’, tried to highlight the problems of privileged access and policy capture by vested interests that can result in flawed policies and regulations. In the report, we examined whether the group’s members represent… » read more

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