This paper provides an overview of fossil fuel subsidies globally and in the EU, as well as a summary of key components of successful reform efforts and why reform can be difficult to achieve for governments.
On 21 March, the ENVI committee considered the above-mentioned draft opinion. The Environmental Liability Directive establishes a framework of environmental liability to prevent and remedy environmental damage, namely damage to biodiversity (protected species and natural habitats), water and land. Based on the polluter pays principle, it obliges the liable operator to take the necessary preventive or remedial action and to bear all costs.
Medical devices and In vitro diagnostic medical devices (MDs/IVDs)
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On 21 March, the ENVI committee voted the above draft recommendations for second reading. Unlike pharmaceuticals, MDs/IVDs do not undergo as stringent market approval procedure in the EU. The system is based on a set of requirements checked by a system of conformity assessment bodies (notified bodies NBs) who then issue a CE certificate. Following various scandals (e.i. PIP scandal), the need to revise the system and tighten up existing provisions became evident.
Exchange of views with the Commission on REFIT of the Birds & Habitats Directives
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On 21 March, the ENVI committee held an exchange of views (EoV) on the above. The aim of this EoV is to present and discuss the conclusions of the REFIT Fitness Check of the Nature Directives as well as the next steps that the Commission intends to take. On 16 December 2016, the Commission published the Staff Working Document on the Fitness Check of the EU Nature Legislation (Birds and Habitats Directives).
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On 20 March, the ENVI Committee considered the above-mentioned draft report. This legislative proposal is part of the climate package presented by the Commission on 20 July 2016. It proposes to integrate greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forestry (LULUCF) into the 2030 climate and energy framework.