EU launches crackdown on illegal wildlife trade

The European Commission has announced an Action Plan to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade and impose minimum sentences on wildlife traffickers, following a successful campaign led by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder.

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MEPs call for EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

MEPs have called on the EU to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia in response to the country's bombing campaign in Yemen that is causing mass civilian casualties.

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EU top court: migrants can be refused benefits for first 3 months of residence

In a landmark judgement, the EU Court of Justice today confirmed that EU migrants can be refused social benefits during their first three months of residence under EU law.

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Air pollution crisis can only be tackled through EU-wide action

Air pollution in the UK is causing 40,000 early deaths a year and costing the economy over £20 billion, according to a new report published by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Paediatrics and Child Health.

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Being in Europe means a cheaper half term break

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The EU referendum campaign has begun in earnest this week, just as families come back from their half term holidays. So it's a good time to reflect on just how much we get out of our membership of the European Union.

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Cheaper flowers on Valentine's thanks to blooming EU

New research has shown how imports of flowers into the UK have boomed thanks to the EU single market, driving down costs and improving costs for consumers. 

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Liberal Democrats launch EU referendum campaign

Commenting on the launch of the Liberal Democrat referendum campaign yesterday, campaign spokesperson Catherine Bearder MEP said:

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MEPs accept weaker diesel emission limits in "bad day for cleaner air"

MEPs narrowly failed to overturn the decision to weaken diesel emission limits today, with 317 voting in favour of the rejection, 323 against and 61 abstaining.

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EU referendum debate: We must focus on the big issues at stake

Speaking in a European Parliament debate on the UK government's EU renegotiation this morning, spokesperson for the Liberal  Democrat EU referendum campaign Catherine Bearder MEP said:

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EU must strengthen nature laws or risk missing biodiversity targets

MEPs have warned that the EU is set to miss its biodiversity targets unless it takes drastic action to ensure nature conservation laws are strengthened and properly implemented.

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