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The next committee meeting will be held on 21-22 January 2015 in Brussels in meeting room Jozsef Antall (JAN) 4Q2.
 
 
Policy Department briefings on Commitments made by Commissioners-designate during their hearing before the ENVI Committee are now available:
Karmenu Vella - Commissioner for Environment, Maritime and Fisheries
Vytenis Andriukaitis - Commissioner for health and Food Safety
Maroš Sefčovič - Vice-President of the Commission, Commissioner for Energy Union
Miguel Arias Cañete - Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
Bieńkowska Elżbieta - Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 
 
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Presentation of Latvian presidency programme, public hearing on Waste directive

During the 21 January committee meeting Mr Kaspars Gerhards Minister of Environment and Regional Development will present the Latvian Presidency's programme in the area of environment while Mr Guntis Belēvičs Minister of Health will exchange of views with ENVI members in the area of health.
A public hearing in preparation for the legislative report on the Waste directive will also take place in committee time on the 22 January.

   
GMOs cultivation - committee vote on the outcome of negotiations with Council

The outcome of the negotiations with the Council on the possibility for Members States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory is to be voted during an extraordinary committee meeting in Strasbourg on Wednesday 17 December between 15.30-16.00 in meeting room Winston Churchill (WIC) 200.
The vote in Plenary is scheduled for January 2015.

   
Delegation to the UN Climate Conference COP 20, Lima

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol is taking place from 1 to 12 December in Lima, Peru.
A 12-strong delegation of MEPs will join the negotiations between 8-12 December, led by ENVI chairman Giovanni La Via (EPP). Members of the delegation are: Jo Leinen (S&D) – delegation vice-president; Jerzy Buzek (EPP); Karl-Heinz Florenz (EPP); Elisabetta Gardini (EPP,); Seb Dance (S&D); Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D); Ian Duncan (ECR); Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE); Merja Kyllonen (GUE/NGL); Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA); and Valentinas Mazuronis (EFDD). Talks 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.

   
Public Hearing on EU air quality policy: Reducing national emissions beyond 2020

A Public Hearing  on EU air quality policy: Reducing national emissions beyond 2020 was be held on 4 December. The hearing is part of the preparation of the ENVI report on the proposed revision of the National Emission Ceilings Directive. Experts addressed in two panels health and environmental issues in air quality control as well as specific aspects of different economic sectors and geographical regions.

   
 
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ENVI 04-12-2014 - 18:16  

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).

ENVI 25-11-2014 - 18:17  

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.

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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 69 Members, the ENVI Committee is the leading legislative Committee of the European Parliament.
 
ENVI Members are actively working on improving food information to consumers, notably through the regulation of labelling and placing of the market of products. ENVI is committed to proposing European solutions to public health issues.
 
It is also responsible for a wide range of policy areas including air and water pollution, waste management, or the protection of biodiversity, to name a few. Members are dedicated to promoting a resource-efficient and sustainable Europe.
 
The fight against climate change is at the core of the committee's work. It will be high on the agenda early in this legislature, in view of upcoming climate summits which will be critical for the adoption of an international climate agreement, expected in 2015. The cultivation of GMOs and their possible restriction or prohibition in Member States will be another area of focus at the outset of this parliamentary term.
 
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