EU defense funding falls short of big ambitions: report

EU defense funding falls short of big ambitions: report

EU’s objective to increase defence spending to €22.5 billion over the next decade is insufficient for its ambitions in the sector, the European Court of Auditors said Thursday (12 September) in its annual review paper on the bloc’s defence cooperation and policy. If the EU tried to defend itself without help from its big NATO ally, the United States, “it is estimated that an investment of several hundred billion euros would be needed to overcome the current capabilities gap,” the report underlined. “Significant and uncoordinated cuts in member states’ defence…

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Cities against pesticides put pressure on French government

Cities against pesticides put pressure on French government

Several French mayors have issued anti-pesticide orders out of precaution, putting pressure on the government, which has launched a public consultation on safety distances for the application of plant protection products. The anti-pesticide orders around common housing areas are being emulated by an increasing number of French local authorities, including Dijon, the Parisian commune Gennevilliers and the small Breton village of Langouët. Many local authorities have already banned the use of pesticides near residential areas based on the precautionary principle. And on 12 September, five metropolitan areas (Paris, Lille, Nantes,…

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