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Latest news on the environment policies of the European Union.

Euro-Parliament pushes for CO2 neutrality by 2050
The EU should commit to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 at the UN Conference and step up its emissions' reduction ambition for 2030, the European Parliament's Environment Committee said on Wednesday.

EU cuts greenhouse gas emissions, more needed on renewables
The EU cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 2% in 2018, according to preliminary estimates from the European Environment Agency, but progress on renewables is hampered by rising energy consumption.

Forest fires hit more European countries than ever before
Wildfires destroyed nearly 178,000 hectares of forests and land in Europe last year, the EU Commission reported Thursday in its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

EU issues Ecuador with yellow card over illegal fishing
EU efforts to fight illegal fishing worldwide continue as Brussels notified Ecuador Wednesday that it must step up its actions (yellow card) in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and issues for Ecuador
The European Commission continues action to fight illegal fishing worldwide by notifying the Republic of Ecuador that it needs to step up its actions (yellow card) in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Brussels sets out quotas for Atlantic, North Sea fishing
Ahead of a 16-17 December Fisheries Council meeting, the European Commission on Thursday adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities in 2020 for 72 stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea.

MEPs block watering down of measures to protect bees
The European Parliament sent an EU regulation to protect bees from harmful pesticides back to the drawing board Wednesday, when MEPs blocked a move by EU Member States to water down the legislation.

EU states agree taxonomy for sustainable business
EU ambassadors gave a green light Wednesday to a proposal for a first EU-wide classification system, or 'taxonomy', to allow businesses to determine what economic activities can be termed sustainable.

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds, say MEPs
Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, the European Parliament said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday.

EU, UN and Smurfs help clean up world's beaches
EU staff joined hands with local communities, and the Smurfs, on beaches across Europe and the world on Thursday, as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign to clean up marine litter.

EU Beach Clean Up 2019
Every year millions of tons of trash end up in the ocean. By 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Therefore, the European Union, the United Nations and the Smurfs are teaming up. For clean oceans and clean beaches. EU and UN offices all across the world will organise beach cleanup events together with local organisations, schools, etc.

EU reaffirms ambition for climate neutrality by 2050
The European Commission reaffirmed the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition Wednesday, as it makes preparations for a long-term strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Von der Leyen's new Commission affirms green credentials
EU Member States accepted Tuesday the list of Commissioners until 31 October 2024 proposed by European Commission president-elect Ursula Von der Leyen, with climate policy put forward as a top priority.

Climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector in Europe - EEA Report No 4/2019
Climate change affects agriculture in a number of ways. Changes in temperature and precipitation as well as weather and climate extremes are already influencing crop yields and livestock productivity in Europe. Weather and climate conditions also affect the availability of water needed for irrigation, livestock watering practices, processing of agricultural products, and transport and storage conditions. Climate change is projected to reduce crop productivity in parts of southern Europe and to improve the conditions for growing crops in northern Europe. Although northern regions may experience longer growing seasons and more suitable crop conditions in future, the number of extreme events negatively affecting agriculture in Europe is projected to increase.

EU sets out proposal for sustainable fishing in Baltic Sea
The situation of fish stocks in the Baltic Sea is 'serious', the EU Commission said Friday as it set out proposals for 2020 fishing opportunities for the commercially most important fish stocks.

EU announces emergency measures to save east Baltic cod
The EU Commission announced emergency measures to save the eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse Tuesday, banning commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea till end 2019.

Eastern Baltic cod emergency measures
The Commission announced on 23 July emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse. Emergency measures will ban, with immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December 2019.

EU sets out plan to combat deforestation
The EU Commission issued a Communication on deforestation and forest degradation Tuesday, setting out a much-needed plan of action to address the EU’s significant contribution to global deforestation.

Communication on forests
The European Commission adopted on 23 July a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change.

EU lifts Taiwan's yellow card for illegal fishing following reforms
The EU lifted its illegal fishing 'yellow card' against Taiwan Thursday in recognition of the country's upgrading its legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in general and in Taiwan
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, decided on 27 June to lift the yellow card acknowledging the progress made by Taiwan and the major upgrade of its fisheries legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

EU will not reopen talks on UK withdrawal agreement
Ending their two-day summit Friday, EU heads of state and government looked forward to a new UK prime minister, but said they would not reopen negotiations on Britain's withdrawal agreement.

National climate plans lack ambition, says Brussels
Member States' plans to implement EU objectives for meeting energy and climate targets fall short on renewables and energy efficiency, the Commission said Wednesday in its assessment of the plans.

National energy and climate plans
The European Commission published on 18 June its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

EU increases aid to Europe's beekeeping sector
The European Commission announced Monday it is to provide EUR 120 million to the EU's beekeeping sector over the next three years, in order to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment.