Noise limits for cars would be tightened to protect public health, under a draft law agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by the Envioronment Committee on Wednesday. As proposed by MEPs during negotiations, the text calls for the introduction of labels to inform consumers about the noise levels of new cars and the addition of sound to hybrid and electric vehicles to alert pedestrians.
An informal agreement on new rules to achieve the 2020 CO2 emission target of 95g/km for new cars was reached by EP and member state negotiators on Tuesday afternoon. The file had to be reopened after EU ministers failed to endorse a previous informal deal on it with Parliament.
European Parliament delegation chairman to Warsaw climate conference Matthias Groote (S&D, DE) cautiously welcomed the conclusion of the UNFCCC COP19 meeting on Saturday, where parties defined the path to a future 2015 climate agreement. He regretted the watered-down wording defining the steps to Paris, condition for keeping developing countries on board.
(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.