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Today the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.
The fact that diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are much higher in real driving conditions than in laboratory tests was known to the EU member states and Commission over a decade ago. They should now act swiftly to improve tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, say MEPs.
To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020, say MEPs.
The Council agreed its negotiating position for the review of the emission trading system (ETS). Ministers also discussed how to put the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practice, focusing in particular on what it means for the EU's environmental policy.
Ministers gave their first reactions to the Commission's extensive legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans". The Council also heard the Commission's presentation of its recent report on the State of the Energy Union.
The Second Report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the modernisation of the European Union economy and the transition to a low-carbon era are happening.
One year after adopting its Circular Economy Package, the Commission today reports on the delivery and progress of key initiatives of its 2015 Action Plan.
Ministers discussed the review of the emission trading system (ETS) and adopted conclusions on the sound management of chemicals.
The Council held a policy debate on the proposal for a regulation concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply. It also adopted a general approach on new rules for wholesale roaming markets in the EU and agreed its position on the revision of safety rules for civil aviation.
The European Commission presents a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing the global energy markets.
The European Commission has approved an investment package of €222.7 million from the EU budget to support Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future.
A first gas interconnector between Finland and Estonia will end the long lasting gas isolation of Finland and help, boosting security of supply and bringing an economic lift to the region.
The Council agreed to speed up the process of ratification of the Paris Agreement. This agreement sets the framework for global action on climate change.
G20 leaders met in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit. The theme of this year's summit was “Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”.
The Commission presents a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe.
Today EU Member States agreed on the European Commission's proposal to invest €263 million in key European energy infrastructure projects. The lion's share of the investment will support the building of gas infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region as well as supporting the electricity sector across Europe.