A 12-strong delegation of MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, from Monday to Friday. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) aims to set out the structure of a global and binding climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in 2015. In a resolution voted last month, the European Parliament reiterated the EU commitment to getting on track for a below 2°C climate warming scenario, and pledged to step up European contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorization procedure for novel foods were approved by the Environment Committee on Monday. MEPs nonetheless amended the text and proposed a moratorium on the use of nanomaterials in food, based on the precautionary principle. They also added provisions for compulsory labelling of cloned food products.
(a) air, soil and water pollution, waste management and recycling, dangerous substances and preparations, noise levels, climate change, protection of biodiversity,
(b) sustainable development,
(c) international and regional measures and agreements aimed at protecting the environment,
(d) restoration of environmental damage,
(e) civil protection,
(f) the European Environment Agency,
(g) the European Chemicals Agency;
(a) programmes and specific actions in the field of public health,
(b) pharmaceutical and cosmetic products,
(c) health aspects of bioterrorism,
(d) the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control;
(a) the labelling and safety of foodstuffs,
(b) veterinary legislation concerning protection against risks to human health; public health checks on foodstuffs and food production systems,
(c) the European Food Safety Authority and the European Food and Veterinary Office.