EU Commissioners to Consider Energy Tax Overhaul

Volume
14,
Number
21
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9 June 2010
9 June 2010
The European Union is set to consider a blanket energy tax that could make renewable fuels cheaper than traditional sources of energy. News of the potential policy shift broke last week when Reuters news agency obtained a draft European Commission document that outlines the proposed changes. The...
9 June 2010
A "patent pool" that promises to spur innovation and lower costs for state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS treatment took a big step closer to becoming a reality on Tuesday, with a crucial procedural decision that sets up an entity that can negotiate with the makers of key drugs to secure access to their...
9 June 2010
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told trade delegates in a fax on 12 May that cotton has become a "litmus test" for the "development dimension" of the Doha Round. At a recent review of the issue's standing in WTO talks, some countries, such as Tanzania, alleged that no progress has been made since...
9 June 2010
Trade ministers and other officials from 21 countries around the Pacific Rim gathered in Sapporo, Japan last week for the annual gathering of high-ranking trade officials from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries. The ministers reiterated the bloc's commitment to furthering the WTO's...
9 June 2010
A constructive and upbeat tone has characterised the climate meetings taking place in Bonn, Germany from 31 May to 11 June. Climate officials are scattered across four negotiating arenas, the most prominent of which is the negotiation toward a new global climate deal. However, progress in those...
9 June 2010
Delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization continued their work to establish a new mechanism to help the visually impaired gain access to books and other reading materials at consultations on 26 and 27 May. Those discussions will be ramped up at the next meeting of the WIPO Standing...
9 June 2010
The United States and the European Union have signed an agreement that should bring to a close their long-running dispute over trade in bananas, the Office of the US Trade Representative said on Tuesday. The announcement comes on the heels of a related pact that was signed by the EU and a group of...
9 June 2010
The WTO has released its trade statistics for the first quarter of 2010, showing a 27 percent jump in global exports and 24 percent increase in imports from the same period in 2009. Seventy economies were surveyed, representing approximately 90 percent of world trade, according to the WTO. These...
9 June 2010
10 June, Bonn, Germany. CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MULTI-STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AS PART OF REDD-PLUS READINESS PROCESSES. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will be hosting a panel discussion on the contribution that multi-stakeholder participation makes to the building...
9 June 2010
INTAL MONTHLY NEWSLETTER. By the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean. The INTAL Monthly Newsletter disseminates news on events and regulations concerning the evolution of integration processes in the different regional blocs, and publishes bibliographic reviews,...