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.
The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 175 g/km after 2017 and 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The text, already informally agreed with EU ministers, also paves the way for achieving further reductions after 2020, and provides for the introduction of a new test protocol.
Stricter monitoring, stronger certification bodies, better traceability: following several recent scandals like the PIP breast implant and the hip "metal on metal", health MEPs amended draft legislation in order to better protect patients on Wednesday. They also introduced stricter rules on informed consent and ethics in a separate law on in vitro diagnostic medical devices, used for example for HIV and DNA testing.
Draft legal measures to cap traditional biofuel production and accelerate the switchover to a a new generation of products from other sources, such as seaweed and or certain types of waste, were approved by the Environment Committee on Thursday. These measures aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to the growing use of farmland to produce biofuel crops.
A draft law to make smoking less attractive to the young by banning the use of "characterised" flavours such as strawberry or menthol in tobacco products was backed by Public Health Committee MEPs on Wednesday. But they also amended the draft to require health warnings on every side of a cigarette pack and ban slim cigarettes and "attractive" packaging.
A new law provisionally agreed between EP negotiators and EU member states to clean up the scrapping of old EU ships and ensure the materials are recycled in EU-approved facilities worldwide was backed by Environment Committee MEPs on Wednesday. It aims to ensure that these ships are not scrapped on the beaches of third countries, so as to protect workers' health and the environment.
The following is a summary of the priorities of the Lithuanian Council Presidency outlined to the different parliamentary committees by Lithuanian ministers this week, from 8 to 12 July. This text is going to be updated daily
The 95g CO2/km by 2020 reduction target for average car emissions was retained in a deal agreed by negotiators for Parliament and the Irish Presidency of the Council late yesterday evening.