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Latest news on the environment policies of the European Union.

VW yet to guarantee post-dieselgate emissions repairs 18 July 2018, 15:52 CET
VW is yet to guarantee its emissions repairs do not affect its cars' performance, the EU Commission said Tuesday in its conclusions on the 8.5 million car recalls made after the 'dieselgate' scandal.

Court upholds EC decision on state aid to UK's Hinkley nuclear plant 12 July 2018, 22:31 CET
The EU's top Court upheld Thursday a Commission decision to approve aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, dismissing an action brought by Austria.

Brussels cracks down on use of plastic toxins 12 July 2018, 12:27 CET
The EU Commission took action Wednesday to restrict the placing on the market of articles containing four phthalates found in a wide variety of everyday plastic products, from toys to sport equipment.

Benelux Infrastructure Forum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 21 November 2018, 08:30 CET to 22 November 2018, 16:30 CET) —
The industry-leading event for the Benelux region; Benelux Infrastructure Forum, is returning to Amsterdam on the 21st and 22nd November 2018 for its 17th consecutive year.

European waters - Assessment of status and pressures 2018 03 July 2018, 23:00 CET
The main aim of EU water policy is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good-quality water is available for both people's needs and the environment. The Water Framework Directive (WFD), which came into force in 2000, established a framework for the assessment, management, protection and improvement of the quality of water resources across the EU. Since December 2015, EU Member States have been publishing the second river basin management plans (RBMPs) for achieving the environmental objectives of the WFD. These plans are updates of the first RBMPs, which were published in 2009.

EU states confirm 2030 renewable energy target 29 June 2018, 11:55 CET
EU states gave the green light Wednesday to a provisional agreement on the revision of the renewable energy directive, with a headline target of 32% energy from renewable sources at EU level for 2030.

Malta breaking EU law on wild birds: EU Court 22 June 2018, 00:03 CET
Malta has failed to fulfil its obligations under EU law in its adoption of a derogation regime to allow the trapping of seven species of wild birds, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

EU confirms deal on energy savings and governance 21 June 2018, 00:23 CET
EU decision-makers have reached agreement on a 32.5 per cent target for energy savings by 2030, as well as a new instrument to help EU Member States deliver on Europe's energy and climate goals.

EU energy deal targets 32 pct renewables by 2030 18 June 2018, 14:17 CET
EU Parliament and Council negotiators struck a deal last night for a share of energy from renewables of at least 32% of the EU's gross final consumption in 2030, with an upwards revision clause by 2023.

Commission launches fisheries consultation 12 June 2018, 22:43 CET
The European Commission launched the process of agreeing fishing opportunities for 2019 Monday, adopting a Communication which is now open for consultation and comments from the public.

Biocides Day 2018 (Helsinki, Finland, from 24 October 2018, 09:00 CET to 25 October 2018, 18:00 CET) —
Biocides Day 2018 will take place on 24-25 October 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

EU Pollinators Initiative 02 June 2018, 23:55 CET
The European Commission launched on 1 June the first-ever EU initiative to address the rapid decline of wild pollinators Friday, insects such as bees, bumblebees, butterflies and other insects.

EU launches pollinator initiative to save our bees 03 June 2018, 00:16 CET
With one in ten pollinating insects on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species declining, the EU launched Friday its first-ever initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects.

EU proposes tighter enforcement of fisheries policy 01 June 2018, 00:21 CET
The European Commission proposed Wednesday a number of improvements intended to modernise and simplify the way in which fishing rules are monitored and complied with in the EU.

European bathing water quality in 2017 - EEA Report No 2/2018 30 May 2018, 17:14 CET
This report by the European Environment Agency gives an overview of the 2017 bathing water quality thereby also indicating where the best quality bathing sites are likely to be found this year. In the 2017 season, almost 22 000 bathing waters were monitored throughout Europe.

Straws, cotton buds targeted in EU plan to ban single-use plastics 29 May 2018, 00:25 CET
Plans to tackle marine litter, outlined by the EU Commission Monday, would ban ten single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

European Plastics Strategy 28 May 2018, 23:45 CET
The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, adopted on 16 January 2018, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy.

New EU rules to ban single-use plastics 01 June 2018, 12:40 CET
The European Commission proposed on 28 May new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

Brussels looks to boost EU market for sustainable finance 25 May 2018, 00:01 CET
The Commission put forward a new set of proposals on sustainable finance Thursday, hoping more sustainable investments from the EU financial sector can lead the way to a greener economy.

Commission proposals on financing sustainable growth 24 May 2018, 23:27 CET
The EU Commission delivered on 24 May the first concrete actions to enable the EU financial sector to lead the way to a greener and cleaner economy.

EU set for new rules for organic farming 25 May 2018, 10:40 CET
The EU Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products Wednesday, with a view to encouraging and simplifying sustainable development of organic production in the EU.

EU adopts new car type-approval and emissions testing system 24 May 2018, 15:49 CET
The EU adopted Wednesday a regulation to reform the type-approval and market surveillance system for motor vehicles in the EU, modernising the current system and improving control tests on car emissions.

Waste and recycling targets pave way for EU's circular economy 23 May 2018, 23:33 CET
European ministers adopted Tuesday a new waste package which sets out new rules for waste management and establishes legally binding targets for recycling, as part of a wider EU circular economy policy.

Brussels takes legal action against 7 states over air quality 17 May 2018, 21:09 CET
The EU Commission took legal action to improve air quality in Europe Thursday, stepping up its enforcement against 7 EU Member States for breaching EU rules on air pollution limits and type approval for cars.

New vans sold in Europe in 2017: large decrease in annual average CO2 emissions 17 May 2018, 17:51 CET
Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new vans registered in the European Union (EU) in 2017 were 4.7% lower than in 2016, according to preliminary data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This is the highest annual reduction reported since the regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles came into force in 2011.