EU 'invites' members to practice safe fracking

BRUSSELS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- European Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said member states are "invited" to follow a minimum set of guidelines for shale gas exploration.

European waters polluted with nitrates

BRUSSELS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Efforts to cut water pollution from the agricultural sector are making progress but stress on biodiversity is severe, Europe's environment commissioner said.

EU, China agree on joint green agendas

BEIJING, July 19 (UPI) -- European Union and Chinese governments said they agreed to launch a joint environmental policy dialogue with the aim of ensuring a sustainable future.
EU courts China on green agenda

EU courts China on green agenda

BEIJING, July 18 (UPI) -- China and the European Union are natural partners in terms of environmental protection and economic growth, an EU commissioner said Thursday in Beijing.

EU commits funding to low-carbon efforts

BRUSSELS, July 3 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Wednesday it approved funding for more than 200 projects meant to usher in a low-carbon economy.

EU approves compromise on 'shipbreaking' in South Asian countries

BRUSSELS, July 1 (UPI) -- Owners of old European Union-flagged ships will still be able to scrap them cheaply in Asian countries after a compromise on recycling such vessels was struck.

Go green locally, EU says

NANTES, France, June 14 (UPI) -- Green policies at the local level can help with broader goals for European economic recovery without harming the environment, a commissioner said Friday.

Nabucco, TAP near finish, but lots of room in EU

VIENNA, May 30 (UPI) -- A BP-led consortium working offshore Azerbaijan is expected to pick between the Nabucco West and Trans-Adriatic natural gas pipelines next month, though there may be enough room for more than one pipeline in the long term.
DANIEL J. GRAEBER, UPI Correspondent

Jury out on EU gas, commissioner says

WARSAW, Poland, May 14 (UPI) -- Natural gas from shale in Europe is an attractive option for energy, though "the jury is still out" on its potential, an EU commissioner said in Poland.

EU wants to make use of 'green' infrastructure

BRUSSELS, May 7 (UPI) -- The European Commission said it was examining green technology for use in flood protection and urban planning.

Slovenia seeks better water management

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, March 27 (UPI) -- Slovenia, which has some of most abundant fresh water supplies in Europe, should develop new strategies to preserve and protect them, ministers said this week.

Delayed EU phosphorus plans coming soon

BRUSSELS, March 11 (UPI) -- A delayed strategy to preserve and recycle scarce phosphorus resources will hopefully be coming soon, the European Union's environment commissioner says.

Air pollution concerns European leaders

BRUSSELS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The European Union needs better air pollution rules after new research finds more consequences for human health, said Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

Swiss, EU leaders hail mercury treaty

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Swiss and other European leaders this week hailed the adoption of a UN-backed global treaty curbing releases of mercury, known as the Minamata Convention.

EU members chided on air quality progress

BRUSSELS, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Member states are failing to live up to their responsibilities to reduce health-endangering emissions and improve air quality, an EU leader said this week.
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Janez Potočnik (pronounced ; born 22 March 1958) is a Slovenian politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Environment. He was formerly the Slovenia's Minister for European Affairs.

On 27 November 2009 he was nominated to serve as European Commissioner for the Environment in the next Barroso commission, subject to approval by the European Parliament.

He served as Assistant Director (1984–1987) and Director (1993–2001) at the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development in Ljubljana. In 1993, he got his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Ljubljana. Between 1988 and 1993, he was Senior Researcher at the Institute for Economic Research in Ljubljana. He was Minister Councillor at the Slovenian Prime Minister's Cabinet 2001–2002 and Minister for European Affairs 2002–2004. He headed the negotiating team for the Accession of Slovenia to the EU between 1998 and 2004. That year he became European Commissioner, since November responsible for Science and Research. While commissioner, Potočnik stated that he believes trading knowledge and the development of an information society to create prosperity is as important to Europe as trading steel and coal to create peace was 50 years ago. He aims to develop the European Research Area.

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