Long-awaited draft plans to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms on their own territory even if it is allowed at EU level won the support of the Environment Committee on Tuesday. MEPs voted to remove the Council-backed idea of a phase of negotiations with the GMO company, and supported plans to allow member states to ban GMO crops on environmental grounds.
Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, said the Environment Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its member states to step up contributions to the UN Green Climate Fund so as to mobilise USD 100 billion per year by 2020, and called on other donors to play their part too.
(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.