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Why the Emissions Trading Scheme is not working, and how to fix it

By |April 20th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Emissions are not for free in Europe. As a carbon trade system, the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) sets an annual cap and a price for emissions. Wijnand Stoefs, policy officer at Carbon Market Watch, says it should become “a more ambitious tool”.

How the Energy Charter Treaty might hamper emissions reductions

By |April 19th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The value of European fossil infrastructure protected by the Energy Charter Treaty is almost €345 billion, says research by Nico Schmidt and Oliver Moldenhauer at Investigate Europe. Lawsuits, allowed by the treaty, are likely to prevent states from adopting ambitious climate policies.

COVID-19 vaccines: here’s who is producing them in Europe, and where

By |March 5th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Pharmaceutical giants producing COVID-19 vaccines are open to collaboration with third parties, as long as they retain control on vaccine licenses and profits. EU member states complain about supply shortages, but fail to question the power of Big Pharma.

Covid-19 vaccine contracts: EU has hands tied, experts say

By |February 3rd, 2021|Tags: , , , |

The clash between the EU and AstraZeneca over delayed vaccines has revealed a stack of questionable contracts signed with Big Pharma. Problems include manufacturers’ ambiguous delivery dates, but lawyers investigating the deals show that companies have a clear advantage over the EU. 

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