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Latest news on the environment policies of the European Union.

EU calls on VW to fully compensate consumers over 'Dieselgate'
Six years after the 'Dieselgate' scandal broke, the EU Commission called on German car manufacturer Volkswagen Tuesday to compensate EU consumers for having misled them over vehicles' emission standards.

Brussels proposes common USB-C charger for electronic devices
The Commission put forward legislation Thursday to establish a common charging solution for mobile phones, hailing it as an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience.

Special Report 22/2021: Sustainable finance: More consistent EU action needed to redirect finance towards sustainable investment
The transition to a net-zero emission economy will require significant private and public investment. The European Court of Auditors report examines whether the Commission has been taking the right action to redirect finance towards sustainable investments. It concludes that more consistent EU action is needed. While the Commission rightly focused on increasing transparency in the market, there were no accompanying measures to address the cost of unsustainable economic activities and many actions have been delayed. In addition, the Commission needs to apply consistent criteria to determine the sustainability of EU budget investments and better target efforts to generate sustainable investment opportunities. The report can feed into the implementation of the 2021 Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy.

EU falling behind on sustainable investments: auditors
The EU is not doing enough to channel money into sustainable activities, its auditors said Monday, with the transition to a net-zero emission economy requiring significant private and public investment.

EU puts forward fishing quotas for Med and Black Seas in 2022
A plan for fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, set out Friday by the EU Commission, reflects its ambition for achieving sustainable fisheries in these two sea basins.

EU Tenders - Environment and Sanitation
Today's EU tenders covering Environment and Sanitation business sectors from 'Tenders Electronic Daily' (TED)

EU sets out Baltic Sea fish quotas for 2022
The EU Commission outlined Thursday its proposals for next year's fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, on which EU countries will determine how much fish can be caught in the sea basin.

Commission proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022
The European Commission adopted on 26 August its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2022 for the Baltic Sea.

EU consults on chemicals labelling revision
The Commission launched a public consultation Monday on the revision of the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (“CLP Regulation”).

EU sends help to Greece as wildfires rage
The European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism continued to channel support to Greece and other Mediterranean countries Monday as they battle to bring unprecedented forest fires under control.

Modelling environmental and climate ambition in the agricultural sector with the CAPRI model
During the last 30 years, the Common Agricultural Policy has increased the importance given to improving the environmental and climate performance of the European agriculture, as confirmed by the Future CAP proposal. Furthermore, the Green Deal strategy outlined a comprehensive approach to facilitate the transition towards sustainable food systems that links in a holistic approach all actors in the system, a path sketched out in the Farm to Fork (F2F) and Biodiversity (BDS) Strategies. Reflecting this ambition, this report was a contribution to the 2030 Climate Target Plan impact assessment, based on one of the main models used by the European Commission for agricultural policy analysis (the CAPRI model), which can incorporate some of the policies put forward for accelerating the transition towards sustainable food systems.

EU sets out roadmap to climate neutrality in 2050
The EU Commission set out a set of climate, energy, transport and taxation policies Wednesday, a wide-ranging package to set Europe's economy on course to a 55% carbon emissions reduction by 2030.

EU agrees increased public scrutiny of environment-related acts
The EU Parliament and Member States reached provisional political agreement Monday on amending the Aarhus Regulation to allow for increased public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment.

EU fines Daimler, VW EUR 875m for colluding on emissions cleaning
Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning, the European Commission found Thursday.

European Green Bonds Regulation
The European Commission adopted on 6 July a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.

EU sets out green finance package
The EU Commission adopted measures Tuesday to improve the funding of sustainable projects, with an EU Green Bond Standard to facilitate capital flows to green investments and transition projects.

EU code to promote sustainable food system
65 companies and associations signed a new EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business Monday, with a view to increasing the availability and affordability of healthy and sustainable food options.

EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
The European Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices on 5 July. The Code is an essential part of the EU's efforts to increase the availability and affordability of healthy and sustainable food options that help reduce our overall environmental footprint.

EU looks to phase out cages for farm animals
The EU Commission responded positively Wednesday to a European citizens' petition to 'End the Cage Age' with plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

Proposal to phase out cages for farm animals
The European Commission decided on 30 June to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) 'End the Cage Age'. In its reply, the Commission set out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

Sharp decrease in CO2 emissions of new cars in Europe
Provisional monitoring data published Tuesday shows the average CO2 emissions of new cars registered in the EU, Iceland, Norway and the UK in 2020 decreased by 12 per cent compared to 2019.

EU institutions strike provisional deal for reform of the CAP
Negotiators from the European Parliament and the EU Council reached an informal political agreement Friday on three EU laws that will govern EU farm policy and the CAP for the years 2023 to 2027.

EU tables plan to boost Europe's inland waterways
The EU Commission tabled a 35-point action plan Thursday to shift more cargo over Europe's rivers and canals, and boost the role of inland waterway transport in Europe's mobility and logistics systems.

MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050
The European Parliament endorsed the EU's new Climate Law Thursday, raising the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%, 57% with the contribution from new carbon sinks.

EU reaches draft deal on fairer, greener road charging rules
Euro-Parliament and EU Council negotiators reached a deal Wednesday on new road charging rules for trucks to transition from time-based to distance-based charging, reducing CO2 emissions.