EP passes sulfur fuel, efficiency bills

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The European Parliament this week approved stringent new rules for sulphur content in marine fuels as well as a new EU energy efficiency directive.

Disappointed EU cites Rio+20 bright spots

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (UPI) -- The European Union tempered its general disappointment over this weekend's Rio+20 U.N. climate summit by praising its endorsement of a "green economy."

European Union tackles electronic waste

BRUSSELS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The European Parliament says large electronics retailers must take back old equipment, considered "e-waste," without charge to consumers.

Italy gets more time to clean up Naples

NAPLES, Italy, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Italy has been given a two-month extension on a European Union deadline to clean up trash in Naples or face possible sanctions, officials said.

Belgium faces court action over pollution

BRUSSELS, April 6 (UPI) -- Belgium is referred to the European courts for failing to comply with air-quality standards set by the European Union, the European Commission said Wednesday.

Poland, Belgium warned on air pollution

BRUSSELS, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Poland and Belgium have two months to respond to claims they aren't meeting European laws on air pollution before the case goes to court, an official said.

EU warns Britain on London air pollution

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British government must convince EU officials London will meet European clean air standards if it is to avoid a court case, officials said.

EU, Sweden in debate over wolf hunt

BRUSSELS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The European Union's environment commissioner says he will take Sweden to court over that country's annual wolf hunt, saying it may be illegal under EU laws.

EU calls for environmental review

BRUSSELS, July 6 (UPI) -- The European community needs to make sure its environmental policies are suitable and up to date for all countries in the European Union, a commissioner said.

Report: Italy lags in beach water quality

BRUSSELS, June 11 (UPI) -- Water quality at European bathing beaches has improved in recent years but Italy "has work to do" on its bathing sites, a European Commission report says.

Europe kicks off Green Week

BRUSSELS, June 1 (UPI) -- Brussels kicked off its annual Green Week conference with the aim of protecting species diversity, the European Union announced.

Europe examines water policy

BRUSSELS, May 18 (UPI) -- European member states are using too much water despite record rainfall across southern Europe in 2009, the European Commission said in Brussels.

EU, U.S., to form energy council

BRUSSELS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A joint European-U.S. energy council to coordinate policy on both sides of the Atlantic is expected to begin work in November, a U.S. official said.

Europe needs more R&D investment

BRUSSELS, June 11 (UPI) -- Europe needs to step up its research efforts if it is to stay ahead of its major rivals.

EU survey finds interest in energy

BRUSSELS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Citizens in the European Union are more concerned by energy prices than reducing energy consumption and curbing pollution, according to a recent report.
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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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