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SHORT-SIGHTED INTERESTS PREVAIL IN 2030 CLIMATE AND ENERGY PACKAGE DECISIONS

After several months of suspense, the European Council finally adopted, in the middle of the night of October 23rd, the 2030 Energy and Climate Package. Until the last day certain member states threaten to veto the proposal if some short-sighted domestic political demands were not taken into account.

This package is supposed to frame the European energy and climate policies for ten years starting in 2020. It should be in the continuity of the 2020 Package, reflect commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security and efficiency. It barely covers these objectives and once again EU member states showed no solidarity and common sense of acting together, and proved to the world that the EU is definitely no longer a leader in international climate negotiations.

Read the full article in EU News 3 as well as the APRODEV opinion published on Euractiv.

THE ROLE OF DFIs IN LAND GRABS

APRODEV Policy Brief looks at the involvement of DFIs in investments where land grabs have been reported and analysis the internal guidelines of DFIs to assess whether sufficient safeguards are in place to guard against involvement in land grabs. Read the policy brief:   The Role of European Development Finance Institutions in Land Grabs -

RELIGION & DEVELOPMENT - A Discussion Paper

The relation between development and religion has become a hot issue during the past ten years or so. For a long time, not much attention was given to the topic as some in the secularising ‘West’ predicted that the role of religion in society would fade away, while it was a non-issue in the South where no separation is made between development and religion which permeates all realms of life.

However, the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC constituted a turning point as many in the West started to realise that, for better or for worse, religion does play a role in society.            Read more ...

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