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Council reaches political agreements on CO2 emissions from ships and plastic bag use

Karmenu Vella and Giuseppe Castiglione © EU

17/12/2014

Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Brussels, EU environment ministers reached an agreement on new EU-wide rules for CO2 emissions from ships. They also agreed on new rules to limit to use of lightweight plastic bags across the EU.

 

Food: EU consumers to benefit from better labelling as of 13 December 2014 Choose translations of the previous link 

Food and bottles in shopping basket © EU

11/12/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Environment, consumers and health

As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat.

 

EU gears up for 2030 with more emissions reductions Choose translations of the previous link 

Power plant and village © EU

28/10/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The Commission, assisted by the European Environment Agency, today releases its annual Progress Report assessing the headway on climate action. According to latest estimates, EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 fell by 1.8% compared to 2012 and reached the lowest levels since 1990.

 

Europe leads the way in the fight against climate change and Ebola

European Council group photo © EU

24/10/2014

Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders agreed to the world's most ambitious 2030 climate energy policy. They also decided to increase EU financial help to €1 billion to fight Ebola and discussed the state of the European economy. Euro area leaders also met in the Euro Summit format to discuss the euro area.

 

Council agrees position on a platform against undeclared work

Laszlo Andor and Giuliano Poletti © EU

16/10/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Luxembourg, EU employment ministers adopted the position on the proposal that sets up an EU platform to address the issue of undeclared work. This paves the way to starting negotiations with the European Parliament.

 

Climate action: Reducing the carbon content of transport fuels Choose translations of the previous link 

Petrol pump nozzle and sunflower © EU

07/10/2014

Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive.

 

EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region

Ferdinando Nelli Feroci and Sandro Gozi © EU

29/09/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Regions and local development

The General Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. Ministers also dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council summit.

 

Online gambling: Commission recommends principles to ensure effective protection of consumers Choose translations of the previous link 

Man using laptop © EU

14/07/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission has adopted a Recommendation on online gambling services. It encourages Member States to pursue a high level of protection for consumers, players and minors through the adoption of principles for online gambling services and for responsible advertising and sponsorship of those services.

 

Commission outlines measures to maximise job opportunities in the green economy Choose translations of the previous link 

Janez Potočnik and László Andor © EU

02/07/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

The Green Employment Initiative Communication presents an integrated framework to allow labour market and skill policies to play an active role to support this transition.

 

Market conditions for consumers continue to improve Choose translations of the previous link 

Neven Mimica © EU

30/06/2014

Business, Environment, consumers and health

There is an improved performance across all consumer markets finds the 10th Consumer Markets Scoreboard published today. This improvement is particularly marked for goods markets, while services continue to be the main sources of dissatisfaction.

 

Council discusses safety of medical devices

Laszlo Andor and Ioannis Vroutsis © EU

20/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Luxembourg, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council looked at ways of improving the safety of medical and in vitro devices in the EU.

 

Patient safety: progress made, more neededChoose translations of the previous link 

Doctor and nurse treating patient © EU

19/06/2014

Environment, consumers and health

A patient safety package published by the European Commission highlights how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety, progress made since 2012 and barriers to overcome to improve patient safety.

 

Council reaches political agreement on new rules for growing GMOs

Connie Hedegaard and Giannis Maniatis © EU

13/06/2014

Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Luxembourg, ministers in the Council adopted the political agreement text on the draft GMO directive and held policy debates on the 2030 framework and the clean air package.

 

Health and safety at work: Strategic Framework sets out EU objectives for 2014-2020 Choose translations of the previous link 

László Andor © EU

06/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

This new Framework aims at ensuring that the EU continues to play a leading role in the promotion of high standards for working conditions both within Europe and internationally, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy.

 

Water quality excellent at most of Europe’s bathing sites Choose translations of the previous link 

Leaves in circle in water © EU

27/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The water at Europe’s beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2013, with more than 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. Coastal performed slightly better than inland bathing waters, the data shows.

 

New EU initiative to protect biodiversity and fight wildlife crimeChoose translations of the previous link 

Plants in dry soil © EU

22/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health

On the International Day for Biological Diversity today, the Commission is launching a major new initiative to halt biodiversity loss and eradicate poverty in developing countries.

 

Commission sets out strategy to curb CO2 emissions from trucks, buses and coaches Choose translations of the previous link 

Van exhaust and fumes © EU

21/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current, unsustainable levels.

 

European Commission provides €282.6 million for 225 new environment and climate projects Choose translations of the previous link 

LIFE+ logo © EU

30/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The projects selected were submitted by beneficiaries in all 28 Member States and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy and information and communication on environmental issues across the EU.

 

MEPs push for mandatory "made-in" labelling to tighten up product safety rules

Consumer products on table © EU

15/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health

"Made-in" labelling should be made mandatory for non-food products sold on the single market, Parliament said in a vote on plans to tighten up product safety requirements and market surveillance rules so as to strengthen consumer protection in the EU.

 

Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealthChoose translations of the previous link 

Man using tablet computer © EU

10/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

The European Commission is launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

 

Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work Choose translations of the previous link 

László Andor © EU

07/04/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Stress is one of the most frequently reported work-related health problems in Europe and is believed to be the cause of the majority of all lost working days.

 

Commission stresses need for greater effectiveness, accessibility and resilience for EU’s health systems Choose translations of the previous link 

Doctor and nurse treating patient © EU

04/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health

In a Communication adopted today, the Commission lays out an EU agenda for making Europe’s health systems fit for facing current challenges and pressures.

 

Ensure open access for internet service suppliers and ban roaming fees, say MEPs

Woman with tablet computer and mobile phone © EU

03/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Internet access providers would be barred from blocking or slowing down selected services for economic or other reasons by the latest draft EU “telecoms package” legislation voted by Parliament.

 

MEPs back law to curb harmful traffic noise

Car in front of building © EU

02/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Noise limits for cars will be tightened to protect public health, under new rules informally agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by Parliament.

 

Pushing for consumer safety. 10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products Choose translations of the previous link 

Neven Mimica © EU

25/03/2014

Environment, consumers and health

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States.

 

Commission says yes to first successful European Citizens' InitiativeChoose translations of the previous link 

EU flag and crowd of people in the background

19/03/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Justice and citizens rights

Organisers of the Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and  sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world.

 

Tourists on beach © EU

MEPs vote to extend protection for package holiday travelers

12/03/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Holidaymakers putting together their own package holidays from travel services sold on the internet or elsewhere need extra protection, as they are unlikely to get the same all-in cover as those buying from traditional travel agents, say MEPs.

 

Cigarette packets © EU

Tobacco Directive: Parliament approves plans to deter young people from smoking

26/02/2014

Environment, consumers and health

Draft legislation updating the EU Tobacco Directive to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was endorsed by MEPs.

 

Traffic jam on motorway © EU

Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions

25/02/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

New rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 were endorsed by Parliament.

 

Headphones with copyright symbol © EU

Copyright: cross-border licences for online music services

04/02/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Justice and citizens rights

New rules on music copyright approved by Parliament aim to make it easier for online providers to get licences to stream music in more than one EU country.

 

Dacian Cioloş © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission proposes to combine and reinforce existing school milk and school fruit schemes

30/01/2014

Culture, education and youth, Environment, consumers and health

In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and to contribute to fight against obesity.

 

President Barroso, Commissioner Oettinger and Commissioner Hedegaard © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy

22/01/2014

Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health

Supported by a detailed analysis on energy prices and costs, the 2030 framework will ensure regulatory certainty for investors and a coordinated approach among Member States, leading to the development of new technologies.

 

Car exhaust and fumes © EU

CO2 emissions: cleaner vans by 2020

14/01/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament.

 

Row of cows © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission tables proposals on animal cloning and novel food

18/12/2013

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission has adopted three draft laws on animal cloning and on novel food which will provide legal certainty in this field. Two proposals will ban the use of the cloning technique in the EU for farm animals1 and the imports of these animal clones.

 

Janez Potočnik © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

New policy package to clean up Europe's air

18/12/2013

Environment, consumers and health

The clean air policy package updates existing legislation and further reduces harmful emissions from industry, traffic, energy plants and agriculture, with a view to reducing their impact on human health and the environment.

 

Fishing boat © EU

Council discusses invasive alien species and CO2 emissions from ships

13/12/2013

Environment, consumers and health

The EU environment ministers discussed a draft regulation on invasive alien species and a draft regulation on CO2 emissions from maritime transport.

 
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    Parliament backs stronger EU disaster response

    10/12/2013

    Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs

    New rules upgrading the EU's civil protection mechanism, which coordinates the EU's response to natural and man-made disasters such as earthquakes, oil spills or forest fires, were backed by MEPs.

     

    Hand injecting maize © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    GMO: Commission asks Council to agree on its proposal to grant Member States more subsidiarity on cultivation

    06/11/2013

    Environment, consumers and health

    On the 26th September 2013, the General Court of the European Union delivered a ruling finding that the Commission failed to act on a GMO cultivation request which had been submitted twelve years ago in 2001. In line with this ruling, the Commission today acted by referring the cultivation request to the Council of Ministers.

     

    Janez Potočnik © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Commission proposes to reduce the use of plastic bags

    04/11/2013

    Environment, consumers and health

    The European Commission adopted a proposal that requires Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Member States can choose the measures they find most appropriate, including charges, national reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions.

     

    Doctor and nurse working on patient © EU

    Medical implants: better controls and traceability to ensure patients’ safety

    22/10/2013

    Environment, consumers and health

    Stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure full compliance and traceability of medical devices such as breast or hip implants were agreed by Parliament.

     

    Leaves in circle in water © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Water pollution is decreasing but a lot remains to be done

    18/10/2013

    Environment, consumers and health

    The latest Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive reveals that nitrates concentrations are slightly decreasing in both surface and groundwater and sustainable agricultural practices are more widespread.

     

    Connie Hedegaard and Valentinas Mazuronis © EUpdf

    Main results of the Environment Council

    14/10/2013

    The Council held an exchange of views on the proposal for the amendment of the waste shipment regulation and adopted conclusions on the preparations for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN­ Framework Convention on Climate Change.

     

    Cigarette packets © EU

    Tobacco: larger warnings, flavours banned, e-cigarettes regulated

    08/10/2013

    A draft law to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was passed by Parliament. All packs should carry a health warning covering 65% of their surface.

     

    Plants on dry ground © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Environment: New EU action to protect biodiversity against problematic invasive species

    09/09/2013

    The Commission proposed new legislation to prevent and manage the rapidly growing threat from invasive species. There are currently over 12 000 species present in Europe which are alien to the natural environment.

     

    Scientist carrying out experiment © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    New Biocides Regulation improves human health and environmental protection

    30/08/2013

    A new Regulation on biocidal products applying from 1st September will significantly increase the safety and simplify the authorisation procedure of biocides used and placed on the market in the EU.

     

    Aerial view of an earthquake zone © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Making the EU Solidarity Fund faster and simpler for support after disasters

    25/07/2013

    European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn has presented a proposal to reform the EU Solidarity Fund. The plans will make the fund more responsive and simpler to use with clearer criteria as to who can benefit.

     

    Computer and shopping carts © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Consumer Scoreboard: more action needed for a true single market for consumers

    23/07/2013

    Protection of consumer rights still varies greatly between EU countries. Only 35% of Europeans are confident buying online from sellers in other EU countries and seven out of ten consumers do not know what do to when they receive products that they did not order.

     

    Food and bottles in shopping basket © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Environment: What future for our food system?

    15/07/2013

    The consultation asks stakeholders, citizens, businesses, NGOs and public authorities for ideas on immediate action to reduce food waste and more generally on how to ensure our food system is using resources efficiently.

     

    An underwater turbine © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Improving governance of the marine space: an opportunity for Blue Growth in the Mediterranean sea

    11/07/2013

    A new study presented by the European Commission finds that the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), in the Mediterranean would benefit the EU's Blue Growth and wider sustainability agendas.

     

    Syringe, vaccine © EU

    Pandemics: EU strengthens its alert and response system

    03/07/2013

    The EU's ability to cope with serious cross-border health threats such as coronavirus, the 2011 E. Coli epidemic or the 2009 H1N1 flu will be strengthened by legislation. The text introduces an early warning system, facilitates joint buying of vaccines and will make it possible to declare an EU-wide emergency in the event of a crisis.

     

    A LNG tanker © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions

    28/06/2013

    The European Commission took the first step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. It proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships' annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

     

    Umbrella with the European symbol in a tulip field © EU

    A strategy on Europe's adaptation to climate change

    18/06/2013

    The Environment Council adopted conclusions on a strategy on adaptation to climate change. The conclusions are a response to the Commission's communication "An EU strategy on adaptation to climate change".

     

    Power plant and village © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    EU Nuclear Stress Tests: Legally binding reviews every six years

    13/06/2013

    The European Commission sets out EU-wide safety objectives to significantly reduce the risks and protect people and the environment.

     

    Parents with baby and baby’s bottle © EU

    New rules for baby food, special diet food and low-calorie food

    11/06/2013

    Rules on the labelling and content of baby milks and foods for special medical purposes will be better defined in order to protect consumers and distinguish more clearly between foods for normal consumption and foods for specific groups under legislation.