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Guides on the Environmental policy of the EU.
Guidance on the application of Single-Use Plastic rules
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The European Commission presented on 14 October an EU strategy to reduce methane emissions.
2030 Climate Target Plan
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
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
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
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
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.
LIFE Integrated Projects
The European Commission announced on 17 February an investment of EUR 101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action.
European Green Deal Investment Plan + Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented on 14 January will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.
EU-wide classification system for sustainable investments (taxonomy)
The European Parliament and the EU Council reached agreement on 18 December on the creation of the world's first-ever 'green list' - a classification system for sustainable economic activities, or taxonomy.
The European Green Deal
The European Commission today presented The European Green Deal - a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.
COP25 climate change conference
This year's UN Climate Conference brings together governments, businesses, local authorities and civil society in Madrid to express support for the Paris Agreement and for urgent climate action.
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.
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.