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Latest news on the environment policies of the European Union.

Changing Landscapes - Protecting the environment in a new Europe (Edinburgh, UK, from 06 November 2017, 09:00 CET to 06 November 2017, 19:30 CET) —
The Annual Conference of the European Environmental Bureau will be organized together with EEB member Scottish Environment LINK in Edinburgh on Monday 6 November 2017.

Tougher car emissions tests start in EU 05 September 2017, 00:27 CET
New car models have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving condition as well as an improved laboratory test, before they can be driven on European roads from 1 September.

New mandatory car emissions tests 31 August 2017, 17:23 CET
From 1 September 2017, new car models have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions ("Real Driving Emissions" – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test ("World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure" – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads.

EU cuts Baltic eastern cod quota by 28 pct 01 September 2017, 18:39 CET
The European Commission adopted Tuesday a proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018 which would significantly reduce catches of Baltic eastern cod and ban all marine eel fisheries.

EU a step closer to linking Emissions Trading System 23 August 2017, 01:38 CET
The European Union moved a step closer Wednesday to linking the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) with the Swiss emissions trading system, which would be the first time it has linked its ETS.

International carbon market 16 August 2017, 23:44 CET
International carbon markets can play a key role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The number of emissions trading systems around the world is increasing. Besides the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS), national or sub-national systems are already operating or under development in Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States.

EU targets pollution with review of fuel-burning plants 01 August 2017, 12:05 CET
The EU Commission took action Monday against pollution from large combustion plants, such as power stations and district heating plants - responsible for about one-third of all air pollutants from industry.

How is the EU progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets? 20 July 2017, 23:37 CET
The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, is the European Union's agenda for jobs and growth for the current decade. As a main objective, the strategy strives to deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion in the Member States, while reducing the impact on the natural environment. To reach this objective, the EU has adopted targets to be reached by 2020 in five areas: employment, research & development (R&D), climate change & energy, education and poverty reduction.

EU set to ratify Kigali greenhouse gas amendment 17 July 2017, 23:35 CET
The European Union adopted Monday a decision to conclude the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol that ensures protection of the climate from the powerful HFC greenhouse gases.

Germany abstained in vote on import of new genetically engineered soybeans 17 July 2017, 13:01 CET
In the vote on import approval for a new variety of genetically engineered soybeans in Brussels on 12 July, Germany was the only country which abstained.

MEPs back plans to tackle over-fishing in the North Sea 14 July 2017, 00:31 CET
A European Parliament committee gave its backing Wednesday to plans to tackle overfishing and offer more security to local fishermen by introducing multi-annual fishing quotas in the North Sea.

Muskrat, alligator weed added to EU alien species list 12 July 2017, 23:45 CET
The muskrat and alligator weed were among 12 new species added to the European Commission's list of invasive alien species that require action across the EU, part of EU efforts to halt biodiversity loss.

Invasive alien species 12 July 2017, 23:25 CET
Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment. They represent a major threat to native plants and animals in Europe, causing damage worth billions of euros to the European economy every year. As invasive alien species do not respect borders, action at the European level will be more effective than action at the Member State level.

Paris climate agreement irreversible, rest of world tells Trump 09 July 2017, 23:51 CET
Leaders of the non U.S. G20 members confirmed Saturday that the Paris Agreement is irreversible and endorsed the G20 Hamburg climate and energy action plan for growth.

Endocrine disruptors 07 July 2017, 00:31 CET
EU Member States representatives voted on 4 July in favour of the European Commission's proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is seen as an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances.

EU Parliament calls for longer lifetime for products 04 July 2017, 23:45 CET
Europe's Parliament called on the Commission, Member States and producers Tuesday to take measures to ensure consumers can enjoy durable, high-quality products that can be repaired and upgraded.

Green light for new EU rules on organic farming 29 June 2017, 00:05 CET
After 20 months of discussion, EU Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement Wednesday on an overhaul of existing EU rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.

Ministers make limited progress on energy efficiency 27 June 2017, 16:58 CET
EU ministers agreed reduced energy efficiency targets Monday, of 30 per cent by 2030, as well as what has been termed an 'unambitious' revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

EU agrees revisions on hazardous substances in electrical equipment 23 June 2017, 00:09 CET
The EU Council and Parliament reached provisional agreement Wednesday on a proposal for a revised directive on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

EU agrees better protection for workers from cancer-causing substances 15 June 2017, 22:37 CET
EU Member States reached a general agreement Thursday to guarantee the protection at the workplace of more than 4 million workers from exposure to cancer-causing chemical substances.

EU Parliament backs new carbon cuts 15 June 2017, 00:57 CET
The European Parliament gave its backing Wednesday to plans for new compulsory greenhouse gas cuts under the Paris agreement on climate change following a debate on the announced U.S. withdrawal.

Smarter products needed for Europe's shift to 'circular economy' 07 June 2017, 18:38 CET
Mobile phones and other consumer goods need to last longer and be easier to repair and reuse in the shift towards a more resource-efficient circular economy, according to a report published Tuesday.

Circular by design - Products in the circular economy - EEA Report No 6-2017 06 June 2017, 15:48 CET
This report explores the circular economy from a product perspective, applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models. For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps.

EU and China stand firm in support of Paris climate deal 07 June 2017, 00:41 CET
The European Union and China reaffirmed their cooperation to tackle climate change and their support for the Paris Agreement at a bilateral summit in Brussels on Friday.

Dieselgate: EU states agree stricter rules on car emissions 29 May 2017, 23:36 CET
Nearly two years after the VW car emissions scandal, EU Member States came to an agreement Monday to reform the system of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles.