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Guides on the Environmental policy of the EU.
Agreement on new rules governing VAT rates by EUbusiness — last modified 07 December 2021, 17:15 CET
EU finance ministers reached agreement on 7 December to update the current rules governing value-added tax (VAT) rates for goods and services.
New EU rules on waste shipments by EUbusiness — last modified 18 November 2021, 22:29 CET
The European Commission proposed on 17 November new rules to curb EU-driven deforestation, as well as new rules to facilitate intra-EU waste shipments to promote circular economy and tackle the export of illegal waste and waste challenges to third countries. The Commission also presents a new Soil strategy to have all European soils restored, resilient, and adequately protected by 2050.
The EU and COP26 - background guide by EUbusiness — last modified 28 October 2021, 23:59 CET
The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), more commonly known as COP26 will take place from 1-12 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Nitrates Directive Implementation Report by EUbusiness — last modified 12 October 2021, 18:06 CET
The latest Commission Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive (based on data for 2016-2019), published 11 October, warns that nitrates are still causing harmful pollution to water in the EU.
European Green Bonds Regulation by EUbusiness — last modified 06 July 2021, 23:43 CET
The European Commission adopted on 6 July a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.
EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices by EUbusiness — last modified 06 July 2021, 00:19 CET
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.
Proposal to phase out cages for farm animals by EUbusiness — last modified 01 July 2021, 23:34 CET
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.
Guidance on the application of Single-Use Plastic rules by EUbusiness — last modified 31 May 2021, 22:37 CET
The European Commission provided guidance on 31 May on the EU rules on single-use plastics and adopts an Implementing Decision on the monitoring and reporting of fishing gear placed on the market and waste fishing gear collected.
Sustainable Blue Economy by EUbusiness — last modified 17 May 2021, 18:48 CET
The European Commission proposed on 17 May a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts.
Zero Pollution Action Plan by EUbusiness — last modified 13 May 2021, 00:21 CET
The European Commission adopted on 12 May the EU Action Plan: "Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil", which sets out an integrated vision for 2050: a world where pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems, as well as the steps to get there.
Actions to boost organic production - guide by EUbusiness — last modified 25 March 2021, 22:08 CET
The European Commission presented on 25 March an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.
Sustainable Batteries Regulation by EUbusiness — last modified 10 December 2020, 23:58 CET
On 10 December, the European Commission proposed to modernise EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan.
Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy by EUbusiness — last modified 09 December 2020, 23:41 CET
The European Commission presented on 9 December a 'Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy' together with an Action Plan of 82 initiatives that will guide its work for the next four years.
Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy by EUbusiness — last modified 19 November 2020, 16:52 CET
To help meet the EU's goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission presented on 19 November the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy.
EU Methane Strategy by EUbusiness — last modified 14 October 2020, 23:33 CET
The European Commission presented on 14 October an EU strategy to reduce methane emissions.
2030 Climate Target Plan by EUbusiness — last modified 17 September 2020, 17:52 CET
The European Commission presented on 17 September its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
New EU type-approval rules for safer and cleaner cars by EUbusiness — last modified 31 August 2020, 23:43 CET
The EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles started to apply from 1 September, 2020.
EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy by EUbusiness — last modified 03 June 2020, 23:42 CET
To help repair the economic and social damage brought by the coronavirus pandemic, kick-start European recovery, and protect and create jobs, the European Commission presented on 27 May 2020 a major recovery plan for Europe based on harnessing the full potential of the EU budget. This proposal includes a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, within a revamped long-term EU budget. In this context, the Commission is proposing to reinforce the funds available to support farmers and rural areas as well as the fisheries sector in recovering and delivering the European Green Deal and in particular the new Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies.
Circular Economy Action Plan - background guide by EUbusiness — last modified 11 March 2020, 17:22 CET
The European Commission adopted on 11 March a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth.
The European Climate Law and Climate Pact by EUbusiness — last modified 04 March 2020, 17:55 CET
The European Commission presented on 4 March a proposal to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people.