IP/14/816  10-07-2014 - Commission urges Italy to ensure that water intended for human consumption is healthy and clean 
European Commission - European Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 Commission The European Commission is opening infringement proceedings against Italy for its failure to ensure that water intended for human consumption meets European standards. Water contamination from arsenic and fluoride is a long-standing problem in Italy, and for the Latium Region in particular.
IP/14/815  10-07-2014 - Commission takes Portugal to Court over waste water treatment 
European Commission - European Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 Commission The European Commission is taking Portugal to Court for its failure to ensure that waste water from small agglomerations is properly treated. The lack of adequate collection and treatment systems, required by EU legislation for small agglomerations since 2005, poses risks to...
IP/14/814  10-07-2014 - Environment: Commission takes Spain to Court over non-compliant landfills and high-speed rail link 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The European Commission is taking Spain to Court for two (unrelated) breaches of environment legislation. The first concerns poor waste management: despite earlier warnings from the Commission, numerous Spanish landfills are still operating in breach of EU landfill legislation.
MEMO/14/470  10-07-2014 - July infringements package: main decisions 
European Commission - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2014 July July In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.
STATEMENT/14/221  10-07-2014 - Joint statement by Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for the Environment and Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, on the Ministerial Declaration of the High Level Political Forum 
European Commission - European Commission Statement Brussels, 10 July 2014 "We are keen to see the High Level Political Forum live up to its promise and play a central role in developing an ambitious post 2015 agenda. For our planet to sustain the lives of 9 billion people we need to change the...
IP/14/765  02-07-2014 - Employment: Commission outlines measures to maximise job opportunities in the green economy 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 2 July 2014 The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the employment challenges and opportunities of the current transition towards a green, low carbon, energy and resource-efficient economy.
IP/14/764  02-07-2014 - Environment/industrial policy: Live and work in better buildings 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 2 July 2014 Today the Commission adopted new proposals which aim to reduce the environmental impacts of new and renovated buildings by increasing resource efficiency and improving the information available about the environmental performance of buildings. The results should be: good for the environment.
IP/14/763  02-07-2014 - Environment: Higher recycling targets to drive transition to a Circular Economy with new jobs and sustainable growth 
European Commission - European Commission Press release Brussels, 2 July 2014 Today the Commission adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more circular economy and boost recycling in the Member States. Achieving the new waste targets would create 580 000 new jobs compared to today's performance, while making Europe more competitive and reducing demand...
MEMO/14/451  02-07-2014 - Questions and answers on sustainable buildings 
European Commission - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 July 2014 Why is this initiative necessary? Almost one half of the EU's final energy consumption and extracted materials, and about one third of water consumption, is related to the construction and occupancy of buildings. The sector also generates about one third of all waste.
MEMO/14/450  02-07-2014 - Questions and answers on the Commission Communication "Towards a Circular Economy" and the Waste Targets Review 
European Commission - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 July 2014 What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they...