Battle over Taxonomy in Euro Parliament as conservatives fight back

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By Jon Hay
12 Mar 2019

Conservative and liberal members of the European Parliament have voted down an ambitious draft of the bill to set up the EU’s Taxonomy of Sustainable Economic Activities, in favour of a weaker text with fewer safeguards for the environment and society.

The draft agreed by Parliamentary committees on Monday night does not require a check for human rights violations on activities deemed environmentally sustainable. Coal and other carbon-intensive industries are not excluded, as the Parliament had earlier proposed.

The requirement for sustainable activities to “cause no harm” to other ...

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