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Latest news on the environment policies of the European Union.

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).

EU unveils 'climate-smart investments' worth EUR 9bn 12 December 2017, 16:59 CET
The EU's Climate Action Commissioner announced some EUR 9 bn-worth of climate-focused investments Tuesday, for areas such as sustainable cities, sustainable energy and sustainable agriculture.

Dieselgate: EU gains power over new car approvals 08 December 2017, 23:40 CET
The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement Thursday on reform of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles, raising the quality and independence of car type-approval and testing.

Consultation on guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors 07 December 2017, 16:38 CET
The EU's Food Safety and Chemicals agencies are inviting interested parties to comment on the draft guidance document for identifying endocrine disruptors under EU legislation for pesticides and biocides.

SolarPower Summit (Brussels, from 14 March 2018, 09:00 CET to 15 March 2018, 17:00 CET) —
The SolarPower Summit will take place on 14 - 15 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

REACH 2018 Stakeholders' Day (Helsinki, Finland, from 29 January 2018, 10:00 CET to 31 January 2018, 19:00 CET) —
The REACH 2018 Stakeholders' Day will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 29-31 January 2018.

EU and partners agree to prevent unregulated fishing in high seas 07 December 2017, 23:54 CET
The European Union reached an international agreement Friday with partners including the United States and Russia to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the Arctic high seas.

Euro-MPs back people-powered renewables 29 November 2017, 17:59 CET
MEPs in committee voted Tuesday for new binding targets for energy efficiency and use of renewables, calling for recognition of the right of Europeans to produce and sell their own renewable electricity.

EU probes Spain's support for coal power plants 28 November 2017, 17:43 CET
The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation Monday into whether Spain's environmental incentive for coal power plants - to meet EU mandatory environmental standards - is in line with EU State aid rules.

EU on track to meet renewables targets but progress slows 28 November 2017, 17:44 CET
The EU and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency, but increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress, says a report.

7th Forum of Biomass and Waste (Warsaw, Poland, from 01 March 2018, 09:00 CET to 01 March 2018, 23:00 CET) —
We invite you to participate in the seventh annual international conference concerning the use of biomass and waste for energy purposes - the 7th Forum of Biomass and Waste, which will be held on March 1st, 2018 in Warsaw.

EU states endorse new rules for organic farming 22 November 2017, 00:01 CET
EU Member States representatives endorsed Monday a deal to overhaul existing rules on organic production and labelling of organic products, provisionally agreed with the European Parliament in June.

New EU rules on organic farming 21 November 2017, 23:53 CET
The EU Council endorsed on 20 November 2017 the co-legislators' agreement on the new rules on organic production and looks forward to the final steps leading to the adoption of the new Regulation. Once adopted, the new rules will enter into force on 1 January 2021. This will give enough time for producers, operators and trade partners to adapt to the new framework.