The Swedish Maritime Code and the Implementation of International Treaties
05 Mar 2014 – 12:27

By Måns Jacobsson, Former Director, International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds
 Swedish legislation in the field of maritime law has since the late 1900s been developed in close co-operation with the other Nordic countries. As a result, there …

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Whisteblowing in Croatia
15 Apr 2014 – 16:07

By Dr. Snjezana Vasiljevic, M.Phil (Cantab), Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb/Faculty of Law

Snjezana Vasiljevic

“Zviždač” is the Croatian expression for the term whistleblower.  The term whistle blowing is a relatively new term in Croatia. The term whistleblower is widespread in public but people are still not familiar with the expression. The first whistleblower to gain great media attention was Ankica Lepej, an employee of the Zagrebacka Bank, who disclosed that Ankica Tudjman, the wife of the late Croatian president Franjo Tudjman, had made a 239,000 German Marks deposit and that her husband, Franjo Tudjman, had not mentioned the money in his property card. She got fired from the company. Read the full story »

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Marine Littering: Let’s Bag It
15 Apr 2014 – 15:58

By Rebecca Harms Rebecca Harms MEP, President of the Greens/EFA Group 

I come from the German region of Lower Saxony which has a long beautiful coastline and several islands in the North Sea. When we think of marine littering, pictures from far away places in the Pacific or Indian Ocean come to mind. But you don’t need to go that far to observe the consequences of plastic waste that is being dumped into the seas and oceans. Read the full story »

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Water as a Human Right and Economic Good: Policy Challenges for Europe
15 Apr 2014 – 15:54 One Comment

By: Philippe CulletPhilippe Cullet, Professor of Environmental Law, SOAS, University of London

Europe has historically been at the forefront of providing sufficient safe water to every person. From the second half of the nineteenth century, the state progressively took over much of responsibility to provide water and sanitation services. One of the primary rationales for the massive investments in the necessary infrastructure to deliver water was public health improvement but this happens to coincide with what we would expect states to do to realise the human right to water. Read the full story »

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New Initiative on Prostate Cancer in Europe
15 Apr 2014 – 15:28

 

By Gunnar Schroefel, Bayer PharProstate Cancer Drug Development in Europe: Collaboration for Solutionma AG, Global Advocacy Lead Oncology

Bayer HealthCare is a global company with a strong commitment to developing and delivering new treatments in cancer.  In particular, it is active in the development of new innovative compounds for prostate cancer exemplified by Xofigo (Radium 223 chloride).  Xofigo is a novel alpha-particle emitting nuclide with a unique mode of action, used in the treatment of men whose prostate cancer has spread to their bones.  Read the full story »

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Continued Party System Instability in Central and Eastern Europe
15 Apr 2014 – 14:37

By: Andreas Bågenholm, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

Andreas Bågenholm

During the last quarter century Europe has changed tremendously. The most striking transformation has naturally occurred in the former Socialist one party states in Central and Eastern Europe, of which eleven by now are members of the European Union and thus regarded as fully fledged democracies with functioning market economies. Read the full story »

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Global Sustainable Food Supply with a Local Support
17 Apr 2014 – 12:41

By Sven Bode Andersen, Professor of Plant Breeding, Copenhagen University

sustainable farmingDenmark has a large and efficient agricultural production of animal merchandises like dairy products, pork and poultry with an internationally renowned quality and export to many different countries worldwide. Competitiveness is the result of heavy investment in animal stable systems, optimization of animals through breeding and optimized feed use to obtain high output relative to input as well as subsequent processing of the raw material. Read the full story »

Whisteblowing in Croatia
15 Apr 2014 – 16:07
Whisteblowing in Croatia

By Dr. Snjezana Vasiljevic, M.Phil (Cantab), Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb/Faculty of Law

“Zviždač” is the Croatian expression for the term whistleblower.  The term whistle blowing is a relatively new term in Croatia. The term whistleblower is …

Marine Littering: Let’s Bag It
15 Apr 2014 – 15:58
Marine Littering: Let’s Bag It

By Rebecca Harms MEP, President of the Greens/EFA Group 
I come from the German region of Lower Saxony which has a long beautiful coastline and several islands in the North Sea. When we think of …

Water as a Human Right and Economic Good: Policy Challenges for Europe
15 Apr 2014 – 15:54 One Comment
Water as a Human Right and Economic Good: Policy Challenges for Europe

By: Philippe Cullet, Professor of Environmental Law, SOAS, University of London
Europe has historically been at the forefront of providing sufficient safe water to every person. From the second half of the nineteenth century, the state progressively …

New Initiative on Prostate Cancer in Europe
15 Apr 2014 – 15:28
New Initiative on Prostate Cancer in Europe

 
By Gunnar Schroefel, Bayer Pharma AG, Global Advocacy Lead Oncology
Bayer HealthCare is a global company with a strong commitment to developing and delivering new treatments in cancer.  In particular, it is active in the development …

Continued Party System Instability in Central and Eastern Europe
15 Apr 2014 – 14:37
Continued Party System Instability in Central and Eastern Europe

By: Andreas Bågenholm, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

During the last quarter century Europe has changed tremendously. The most striking transformation has naturally occurred in the former Socialist one party states …

Disposing of Hazardous Waste Safely
17 Apr 2014 – 12:33
Disposing of Hazardous Waste Safely

By Professor Dr Orhan Ince, Istanbul Technical University
Is it possible to dispose of hazardous wastes while protecting the richest flora and fauna of Europe?
Turkey is a country that has critical, natural and biological reserves at …

Will Marmara Sea Survive ? The Struggle against Pollution
17 Apr 2014 – 12:30
Will Marmara Sea Survive ? The Struggle against Pollution

By Professor Dr Derin Orhon, Professor Emeritus, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
On the border of two continents, Europe and Asia, the Marmara Sea is undeniably one of the most picturesque marine environments in the world. …

Plague vs Cholera and Other Diseases
16 Apr 2014 – 11:58
Plague vs Cholera and Other Diseases

By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere, Analyst at European Stability Initiative, Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey in early 2014 should be a paradise for opposition parties. The governing AK Party has been struggling with a graft probe, is criticized for …

Are There Changes on the Horizon?
16 Apr 2014 – 11:57
Are There Changes on the Horizon?

By Dr. John Coulter, Columnist with the Irish Daily Star and Tribune Magazine

Dump Scotland and save Ireland! Sounds a harsh concept, but events on the Emerald Isle in the past few weeks have fuelled the …

Climate Change Issues and the Need for Growth in Greece
15 Apr 2014 – 16:13
Climate Change Issues and the Need for Growth in Greece

By Yannis Maniatis, Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change

Climate change has been impacting on a number of weather conditions, ranging from dangerous global warming to rising sea levels, as a result of melting polar glaciers, while the results …

Fighting Prostate Cancer: a European Union Challenge
15 Apr 2014 – 15:46
Fighting Prostate Cancer: a European Union Challenge

By Isabel De la Mata, Principal Adviser with special interest in Health, European Commission
Male cancer patterns in the European Union are changing; lung cancer is declining but prostate cancer is increasing, affecting around one million …

Making Sure the New EU Ship Recycling Regulation Works
15 Apr 2014 – 15:42
Making Sure the New EU Ship Recycling Regulation Works

By Ingvild Jenssen, Policy Advisor and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has actively contributed to the legislative process which in June 2013 ended with an agreed text for a new EU …