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22/01/2014 Environment MEPs back agreement on benefit-sharing of genetic resources
Committee : Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
An agreement struck by EP and Council negotiators on access to genetic resources and sharing the benefits of their use was backed by the environment committee on Wednesday. The agreement also covers traditional knowledge held by indigenous or local communities. The new rules should contribute to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components.

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22/01/2014 MEPs discussed human rights in Russia with Russian activists and officials
Committee : Human Rights
The human rights subcommittee held a hearing on the human rights situation in Russia on Wednesday. MEPs discussed the impact of the "Foreign Agents law" on NGOs' work, the adoption of the controversial pieces of legislation ahead of the Sochi Olympics and the rights of LGBTI people in Russia, focusing on the impact on young people.

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22/01/2014 Illegal waste shipments: Environment Committee backs plan to step up checks
Committee : Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Draft EU rules requiring member states to clamp down on illegal waste shipments within the EU and to non-EU countries were backed by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. These rules would close legal loopholes and entail more inspections. MEPs propose that member states include in their inspection plans a minimum number of physical checks, and that inspectors be given more powers.

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