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Heating of buildings and warm water production are two major causes of energy consumption in Europe, and account for a significant proportion of overall European CO2 emissions (between 25% and 30% of the total). To read the full article, —————————————- Post written by Laurent ZIBELL. Founder of the political association “Forum Civique” (1995-1999) and of… » read more

Avant toute adoption d’un projet législatif européen (économique, social, politique), les élus européens doivent être en mesure de vérifier si les critères environnementaux ont bien été intégrés dans ce projet. Pour le garantir, nous proposons la création d’un Observatoire du développement durable qui se grefferait au Parlement européen. Pour lire l’article complet, cliquez ici ———————————–… » read more

Before the adoption of any European legislative project (economic, social, political), elected officials need to be able to verify if environmental criteria have been well-integrated into it. To guarantee this, we propose the creation of a sustainable development monitoring centre that will be attached to the European Parliament To read the full article, click here… » read more

Rail is a highly sustainable mode of transport that is well-adapted to the medium population densities present in Europe. However, the European rail networks need to be transformed deeply. To read the full article, —————————————— Post written by Laurent ZIBELL, founder of the political association “Forum Civique” (1995-1999) and of the association “European Citizens’ Seminars… » read more

The so-called Community Initiatives of the European Union were launched about 15 years ago, in order to support the participation of local actors in cooperation and exchange of experience on a European level. LEADER, URBAN, EQUAL and other acronyms stood for a bottom-up approach of local planning and participation of civil society in political decision-making.… » read more

Repenser les procédures d’autorisation des variétés transgéniques en Europe est un impératif, tant d’un point de vue scientifique que démocratique. Ces procédures doivent garantir une évaluation indépendante et rigoureusedes dossiers, associer les citoyens aux prises de décisions à travers un processus aussi transparent que possible et permettre le recours à des clauses de sauvegarde tant… » read more

Rethinking the authorization procedures of trans-genetic varieties in Europe is imperative, both from a scientific and a democratic perspective. These procedures need to guarantee a rigorous independent evaluation of files, involve citizens in decision-making throughout a process that is as transparent as possible and which gives recourse to both national and regional safeguard clauses. Without… » read more

La situation de crise systémique que vit le monde aujourd’hui n’est plus à démontrer. Ce sont les mécanismes du système capitaliste dominant qui sont à la base d’une faillite généralisée. L’humanité et la planète entières devront en payer les conséquences. Il est donc urgent de changer de paradigme en vue d’un développement soutenable pour l’Europe… » read more

We propose new legislation to ban all patents on living things. This legislation also needs to force industries to inform users, in a transparent way, about the kinds of genetic manipulations which were used. The New Variety Certificates in use today support an unhealthy lack of transparency because they protect inventions and discoveries without the… » read more

L’accès à l’information tient une place de premier ordre dans le dossier des Plantes Génétiquement Modifiées (PGM) afin que chacun – politiques, professionnels, citoyens – puisse participer à un débat démocratique équilibré et consommer l’alimentation qu’il désire. Pourtant, ce dossier est encore trop peu transparent Des mesures simples permettront de répondre aux citoyens qui désirent… » read more

We propose to develop a system of congestion charges to regulate automobile traffic in cities. The car is an inappropriate means of urban transport, costly, dangerous, inconvenient and environmentally unfriendly. This incompatibility will only grow with the increase in urban populations, the scarcity of available oil (”peak oil”) and global warming. The congestion charge appears… » read more

Nous proposons de créer des Agences Oeconomiques Territoriales (AOT), outils institutionnels d’une économie régionale durable. Les territoires sont potentiellement l’un des acteurs pivot de l’oeconomie et la brique de base de la gouvernance du 21ème siècle. Encore faut-il que ces territoires disposent des agencements institutionnels nécessaires pour valoriser leurs atouts. Ce n’est pas le cas… » read more

We call on the European Union to involve local populations in the production of renewable energies. The European Union needs to encourage citizens to participate in the design of projects brought by industry and push projects mounted by people themselves. ————————————————————— Post written by Philippe Barret, co-president of the European network Forum Synergies, responsible for… » read more

We call for more rights for farmers because their contributions are indispensable to the preservation and development of crop biodiversity. It has been disappearing since this right stopped being recognized. These rights, defined by international agreements, are restricted by European directives banning farmers from exchanging and selling their seeds. The European Union needs to evolve… » read more

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