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A long way to go: the Western Balkans and the green transition

By |July 14th, 2023|Tags: , , |

To eventually access the European Union, the Western Balkans have to align their legislation with EU law. This includes the Green Deal, which commits countries to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, there’s still quite a long way to go for the Western Balkans in their progress towards the green transition.

Despite a mild climate, forest fires are a serious problem in Romania

By |July 12th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Romania has a temperate continental climate, which does not make it prone to forest fires. So why do so many of them happen? Fire risk is going to increase even further due to climate change – but the country seems not to be fully prepared for it yet.

​​Big Tobacco lobbying: EU Ombudsman takes on industry practices

By |July 7th, 2023|Tags: , , |

Only a few days remain for the European Commission to address the tobacco lobby-related concerns recently raised by the EU Ombudsman in her recent preliminary findings. The industry is heavily represented in Brussels, but there is not sufficient transparency on its interactions with policy-makers.

Transparency delayed is not transparency: Italy, Germany and Spain allow slowest replies to public information requests

By , |June 29th, 2023|Tags: , |

In practice, compliance with transparency laws in Europe is insufficient due to lack of resources, arbitrary application of limits or lack of enforceability by administrations.

Romania burns: How the Danube Delta got on the fire map of Europe

By |June 1st, 2023|Tags: , , |

To regenerate and use the land, people in Romania's Danube Delta burn the vegetation. This practice becomes problematic when it occurs outside the regular season. Right now, Romania is responsible for almost half of all fires in protected areas in Europe.