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  • The next ENVI Committee meeting (hearing of the EFSA Executive Director Designate Dr Bernhard Url) will take place on 14 April 2014 from 19.00 – 21.00 in Strasbourg, in building Louise Weiss - Room: (1.4).

Hearing of the EFSA Executive Director Designate

On 14 April 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00 in Strasbourg, Dr Bernhard Url, European Food Safety Authority Executive Director Designate will be heard by the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, following his nomination by the EFSA Management Board on 20 March 2014.
Dr Url, who is currently EFSA’s acting Executive Director, was one of the candidates shortlisted by the European Commission after an open competition and who were interviewed by the Board. The European Parliament will subsequently submit an opinion on the appointment to the chair of EFSA’s Management Board, Sue Davies The opinion is taken into consideration before the Board makes its final decision on the appointment. The recruitment was initiated following the departure in September 2013 of Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, who was EFSA Executive Director for seven years.

Votes on honey, ETS aviation 2, PRAC fees

During their meeting on 19 March 2014 in Brussels, ENVI Members will vote on the legislative text resulting from negotiations between Parliament and Council representatives on five draft legislative reports among which on amending directive relating to honey, on shipments of waste and on the aviation greenhouse gas emissions. Members will also hold a first exchange of views on Novel foods and will hear the multiannual work programme 2014-2018 of the European Environment Agency, presented by the Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx.

Powers and responsibilities
Committee responsible for:
1.    environmental policy and environmental protection measures, in particular concerning:
(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;
2.    public health, in particular:
(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;
3.    food safety issues, in particular:
(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.
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Welcome to the ENVI Committee website.
Counting 71 members, our Committee is the largest legislative committee in the European Parliament. We are working to see the many concerns of citizens all over Europe reflected in environmental, health and food safety legislation. The European Parliament has gained co-legislative powers in the vast majority of issues discussed in ENVI, making it one of the most influential committees.
Our work in the field of environmental policy comprises issues ranging from the regulation of toxic chemicals to the preservation of Europe's biodiversity. The Committee also works towards promoting a resource-efficient and sustainable Europe. The fight against climate change is at the heart of our Committee's work.
Recent food scandals in Member States have highlighted the need for better food safety. We critically look into legislation concerning the regulation of foodstuffs. Better information for consumers, e.g. through clearer and unambiguous labelling of products is a main concern of the ENVI Committee.
In the field of Public Health, ENVI strives to propose European solutions to health-related problems. Recent examples of our work comprise the safety of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, the fight against counterfeit medicinal products and the defence of patient's rights. 
We hope that this website will give you a better picture of our work and we invite you to comment on any issue which is of interest to you.
Matthias Groote