Report by Dutch research institute shows that light commercial vehicles also emit much more polluting gases on the road than in the lab.
Eight years in the making, the EU's new Arctic strategy focuses on environmental issues and speaks of "selective engagement" with Russia despite the Ukraine war.
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- EU Commission approves giant beer merger
Car companies are allowed to do carry out some testing of their own products thanks to some little-noticed legislation inspired by an industry-backed report.
The EU's Joint Research Centre did not have the mandate to check for the illegal software, known as defeat devices, its representative told MEPs.
The EU Commission acted too slowly against member states that failed to comply with anti-pollution rules in the Baltic Sea, says the Court of Auditors.
The European Court of Justice said the industry was given too many allowances to pollute under the EU emission market. It is now unclear what the next phase of the system will be.
The German environment minister said safety at the recently reopened Doel and Tihange power plants was not guaranteed.
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Vicente Franco, whose organisation revealed Volkswagen's cheating, is due to appear as witness in the European Parliament's "dieselgate" inquiry committee. He recently spoke to journalists in Brussels.
Ministers from northern and western European states have called for a new EU-wide strategy, but the EU commission says there is a lack of broad support for more rules.
Widespread mining of uranium has left a legacy of environmental destruction and health problems that Romania and the Czech Republic are still struggling to deal with.
EU ministers will discuss on Friday an EU Commission paper which was criticised by NGOs for not containing new climate measures.
The chairman of Germany's nuclear waste committee has criticised sharply Sweden's proposed repository and said that Europeans should agree on common standards.
Janez Potocnik was unable to convince his fellow commissioners to publish a strategy for a sustainable food system.
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MEPs to investigate if commission and national governments did enough to stop use of cheat software on emissions tests, Inquiry committee to have access to sensitive documents.
Luxembourg's environment minister said lower ambition will cost lives, voiced hope MEPs will boost targets. EU capitals put "industry concerns higher than public health," NGO says.
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In its Circular Economy strategy paper, published earlier this month, the EU Commission says nothing about a previously announced target to reduce food waste by 2025.
EU leaders to ask for assessment, by March 2016, of what the Paris Agreement means for the EU's 2030 climate targets, draft summit conclusions say.
MEPs said an October decision by EU member states “would result in a de facto blanket derogation from applicable emissions limits."
EU judges censure commission for putting people's health at risk by taking years to do a study on "endocrine disrupters." MEPs, NGOs say industry lobbyists caused the delay.
“The EU has not been good at explaining its narrative in the media," said former UK climate adviser Michael Jacobs. "This announcement ... is a good thing."
EU climate chief Canete said a "weak deal ... would be worse than no deal". But regardless of the outcome in the Paris climate talks, 2015 already provides many signs that it was a historic 'climate year'.
EU climate commissioner still has Paris wish list, but signalled readiness to compromise. “We have another long day and night ahead," he said.
Fears that Poland will derail the negotiating process at the climate conference in Paris have, so far, not come true.
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EU must offer more to poor countries to reduce CO2 and cope with climate change, NGOs warn. First Paris summit conclusions riddled with brackets.
A draft version of the new proposal was leaked and seen by this website. It included target figures lower than those in the withdrawn legislation.
Methane is second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. But MEPs voted to exclude "enteric methane," which is 80 to 85 percent of agriculture's share of emissions.
The commission is due to present its paper on the circular economy next month, but a draft version was leaked and seen by this website.
“The approval systems of the member states have failed," said industry commissioner Bienkowska.