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EU Environment Policy

Latest news on the environment policies of the European Union.

Auditors assess EU wind and solar power initiatives 21 February 2018, 00:26 CET
The European Court of Auditors published Tuesday a background paper with details of its enquiry into EU and Member State support for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation.

Birds Directive 20 February 2018, 21:00 CET
Europe is home to more than 500 wild bird species. But at least 32 % of the EU's bird species are currently not in a good conservation status. The Birds Directive aims to protect all of the 500 wild bird species naturally occurring in the European Union.

Habitats Directive 20 February 2018, 20:58 CET
The Habitats Directive ensures the conservation of a wide range of rare, threatened or endemic animal and plant species. Some 200 rare and characteristic habitat types are also targeted for conservation in their own right.

Natura 2000 20 February 2018, 20:54 CET
Natura 2000 is a network of nature protection areas in the territory of the European Union. It is made up of Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas designated respectively under the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive.

Poland's Bialowieza Forest logging 'infringes EU law' 21 February 2018, 22:55 CET
It is unlawful to increase logging in Poland's Bialowieza Forest, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice confirmed in an opinion issued Tuesday. The Court's final judgement is due in March.

MEPs agree reform of EU emissions trading system 06 February 2018, 23:17 CET
Members of the European Parliament approved Tuesday a law to strengthen EU curbs on CO2 emissions from industry, with a view to delivering on pledges made under the Paris climate accord.

Emission Control in Non-Road Machinery Summit (Prague, Czech Republic, from 27 April 2018, 08:00 CET to 28 April 2018, 17:00 CET) —
The Annual Emission Control in Non-Road Machinery summit will take place on April 26th-27th, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Safer drinking water for Europeans 01 February 2018, 22:23 CET
Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens.

EU Plastics Strategy 01 February 2018, 17:43 CET
There is an urgent need to tackle the environmental problems that cast a long shadow over the production, use and consumption of plastics. The million tonnes of plastic litter that end up in the oceans every year are one of their most visible and alarming signs of these problems, causing growing public concern. The EU Plastics Strategy lays the foundations to a new plastics economy, where the design and production of plastics and plastic products fully respect reuse, repair and recycling needs and more sustainable materials are developed and promoted. This will deliver greater added value and prosperity in Europe and boost innovation. It will curb plastic pollution and its adverse impact on our lives and the environment.

EU moves to upgrade Europe's drinking water 06 February 2018, 18:16 CET
The EU Commission proposed Thursday a revision of the EU Drinking Water Directive, in an effort to improve the quality and people's access to drinking water, as well as reduce consumer use of plastic.

EU states endorse deal on energy efficient buildings 31 January 2018, 22:59 CET
EU states confirmed Wednesday a political agreement on the revised directive on the energy performance of buildings, to improve energy efficiency in buildings and encourage building renovation.

MEPs urge fight against spread of fake honey 24 January 2018, 23:16 CET
The EU must step up support for beekeepers, ban harmful pesticides, invest more in developing safe bee drugs and clamp down on imports of fake honey, MEPs on the EU Parliament's agriculture said Tuesday.

Syngenta fails at the European Patent Office 18 January 2018, 16:29 CET
At a public hearing, the European Patent Office (EPO) rejected on 17 January an appeal filed by Syngenta.

MEPs raise targets for energy efficiency and renewables 18 January 2018, 16:10 CET
The EU Parliament signalled its readiness Wednesday to negotiate with ministers on binding targets to boost energy efficiency by 35% and the share of renewables in the total energy mix by 35%, by 2030.

WWF - World Wide Fund For Nature 17 January 2018, 00:05 CET
The mission of WWF - World Wide Fund For Nature - is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world's biological diversity; ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. The European Policy Office helps shape EU policies that impact on the European and global environment.

EU sets out strategy to tackle scourge of plastic waste 17 January 2018, 23:02 CET
The EU made a bid for leadership in the global battle against plastic waste Tuesday by setting out a bold strategy to get rid of the single-use plastics that pollute Europe's seas, rivers and countryside.

A European strategy for plastics 16 January 2018, 17:46 CET
The European Commission set out on 16 January 2018 a European strategy on Plastic Waste.

MEPs demand ban on pulse fishing 16 January 2018, 23:12 CET
Members of the European Parliament voting Tuesday on new EU rules on how, where and when fish can be caught, demanded in an amendment a ban on the use of pulsed electric current for fishing.

EU mulls action to halt decline of pollinators 12 January 2018, 17:56 CET
The EU Commission launched a consultation Thursday on a European initiative to halt the decline of bees and other pollinators, warning that future generations would pay a heavy price if the EU fails to act.

EU reaches deal on energy performance of buildings 19 December 2017, 23:44 CET
The EU presidency secured provisional agreement with the European Parliament on new rules on the energy performance of buildings Tuesday, with final approval expected at the start of next year.

EU energy reforms disappoint critics 20 December 2017, 12:07 CET
Member States agreed four legislative proposals under the EU's Clean Energy Package Monday, mapping Europe's energy transition over the coming decade, but disappointing environmental groups.

EU waste deal another step towards 'circular economy' 18 December 2017, 22:39 CET
The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement in the early hours of Monday morning on four legislative proposals of a 'waste package', representing another step in Europe's transition to a 'circular economy'.

European forests to help tackle climate change 14 December 2017, 23:59 CET
The European Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement Thursday on plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost absorption from forests as a way to tackle climate change.

Commission renews approval of glyphosate herbicide for 5 years 12 December 2017, 23:18 CET
The European Commission renewed for 5 years EU approval of glyphosate Tuesday, following scientific assessment which it says concludes there is no link between glyphosate and cancer in humans.

Approval of pesticides in the EU 12 December 2017, 23:15 CET
What are pesticides? Who decides on their authorisation? Who is responsible for their use? How can pesticides be used safely? An active substance is only approved by the European Commission after a rigorous and lengthy science-based assessment to ensure its use is safe. The assessment of these dossiers is then conducted jointly by: the national authorities in EU Member States; the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).