Mostly true: “180,000 tonnes of plastic pellets lost into the European environment yearly”

They are small, but far from harmless when they end up in the environment. Member of the European Parliament Grace O’Sullivan (The Greens/ EFA) said that 180,000 tonnes of the granules used to produce plastic products get lost in the value chain, harming the biosphere. EUfactcheck discovered that a rather high estimate was chosen from…

Mostly True: 35 parties will take part in the European Parliament elections in Germany

On March 30, 2024, LB.ua reported that the German Bundestag has approved the participation of 35 political parties in the upcoming European Parliament elections. Among the approved parties are the controversial environmental group “The Last Generation”. Lesser-known parties such as the Party of Reason and the Party of Traditional Medical Research for Rejuvenation will also…

Mostly true: The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation is a “robust and evidence-based law”

On the 24th of April, euronews.green published an article regarding the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), that passed in the European Parliament on that same day. In the article, Matti Rantanen, director general of the European Paper Packaging Association (EPPA) is quoted calling the law “robust and evidence-based.” This claim comes as a surprise…

Mostly True: Inflation issue that most concerns Portuguese in 2024 EU elections

The March 2024 IPSOS poll exclusively for Euronews reveals that fighting inflation is the top priority for Portuguese citizens. However, Portuguese voters are also concerned about social inequalities and economic growth, with little difference between the three issues. In fact, in March 2024, less than three months before the European elections, 84% of Portuguese voters…

Mostly True: EC “first institution in world” to ban TikTok on corporate phones and Von der Leyen “has done a lot” to regulate the platform’s services

On 29th of February 2024, the Romanian news website Știripesurse.ro published a news article, “Von der Leyen does not exclude banning TikTok in the EU if she is re-elected as head of the European”, in the context of the European elections. Von der Leyen, the candidate for the presidency of the European Commission and its…

Mostly True: There is still a gender pay gap in Iceland

On October 23, 2023, the State Secretary for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities, and Diversity of Belgium, Marie-Colline Leroy, posted a message on X about the striking women in Iceland. In the tweet, she claims the following: “In Iceland, women are striking today, along with non-binary individuals and even the prime minister @katrinjak, because in the…

Mostly true: “Banning nuclear energy is the stupidest thing a country can do”

On April 18th of this year, Bart de Wever, the leader of the political opposition party the New-Flemish Alliance claimed on Twitter that ‘banning nuclear energy is the stupidest thing a country can do’. The tweet lacks context but contains accurate numbers. It appears this claim is mostly true. Bart De Wever tweeted a screenshot…