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Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations

EMIS Transport / Consumers / Environment / Public health19-12-2016 - 16:24

Evidence of law enforcement shortcomings in EU member states as regards car emissions is set out in the draft report by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurement in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), published on Monday. The report and draft recommendations were prepared jointly by co-rapporteurs Jens Gieseke (EPP, DE) and Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL). EMIS will have a first public debate on the text on 12 January. (Read more: Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations )

 

Environment MEPs for a stronger EU carbon market

ENVI Environment15-12-2016 - 14:38

Plans to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS) were backed by the Environment Committee on Thursday. MEPs propose reducing the carbon credits to be auctioned by 2.4% each year, and doubling the capacity of the market stability reserve (MSR) to absorb the excess of allowances on the market. (Read more: Environment MEPs for a stronger EU carbon market )

 

MEPs call for better access to compensation for Thalidomide victims

Plenary Session Public health15-12-2016 - 13:13

Over fifty years after the Thalidomide tragedy, in which a German-made morning sickness medicine for pregnant women caused malformations in their babies in several EU countries, victims are still fighting for fair compensation. MEPs call on the EU and its member states to ensure that all EU citizens affected have access to similar compensation, in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: MEPs call for better access to compensation for Thalidomide victims )

 

Plenary highlights: Turkey, Lux Prize, defence, air pollution

Plenary Session External relations / Security and defence / Public health25-11-2016 - 11:54
 

The EU should freeze accession negotiations with Turkey in light of the country's vast crackdown that followed the failed July coup, said MEPs in a resolution adopted this week. Also during this week's plenary session MEPs called on EU countries to step up cooperation on defence. On Wednesday Parliament awarded its annual Lux Film Prize to dark comedy Toni Erdmann by German director Maren Ade. (Read more: Plenary highlights: Turkey, Lux Prize, defence, air pollution )

 

MEPs call for ivory trade ban, penalties against wildlife trafficking

Plenary Session Environment24-11-2016 - 12:33
Elephants  

MEPs advocate a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and call for common sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Wildlife trafficking is worth an estimated €20 billion annually. It has grown in recent years, becoming one of the biggest and most profitable forms of organised cross-border crime. (Read more: MEPs call for ivory trade ban, penalties against wildlife trafficking )

 

Progress in deciding how the Paris climate agreement is to be applied by its 197 signatory countries and the “Marrakesh Action Proclamation”, approved last week at the UN climate change conference (COP22) in Morocco, was debated on Wednesday morning with EU climate action and energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and with Slovak State Secretary Ivan Korčok, representing the Council Presidency. (Read more: Climate change: debate on Marrakesh conference outcome with Commissioner Cañete )

 

Bentazone herbicide: MEPs object to Commission plans to renew EU authorisation

Plenary Session Environment / Public health23-11-2016 - 13:42

The EU authorisation for Bentazone herbicide, which expires on 30 June 2017, should not be renewed as its safety has yet to be confirmed, says a non-binding resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs point out that Bentazone can easily leak directly into groundwater and is suspected of interfering with human reproduction. (Read more: Bentazone herbicide: MEPs object to Commission plans to renew EU authorisation )

 

Air quality: MEPs back new national caps on pollutants

Plenary Session Public health23-11-2016 - 13:10
Hazy suburbs view in Budapest, Hungary  

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, won the support of MEPs on Wednesday. They had already been informally agreed with the Dutch Presidency of the Council. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU per year. (Read more: Air quality: MEPs back new national caps on pollutants )

 

Cleaner air: MEPs vote on tougher emission limits for key air pollutants

Plenary Session Environment / Public health23-11-2016 - 10:33
 

Close to half a million Europeans die every year from diseases linked to the millions of tons of gases and particulates human activity releases into the atmosphere. These range from sulphur dioxide that contributes to the acid rain that damages buildings and kills plants, to tiny particulate matter that can cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. On Wednesday 23 November, MEPs vote to set tougher emission limits for key air pollutants. Learn more about where they come from in our chart. (Read more: Cleaner air: MEPs vote on tougher emission limits for key air pollutants )

 
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Ever heard of pangolins? Chances are you will never have a chance to see them up close. These mammals are the most trafficked worldwide and like rhinos and elephants are now on the brink of extinction. It's another example of wildlife trafficking poses a serious threat to the survival of our ecosystems. MEPs debate a report by Catherine Bearder on how EU and its members states should step up their efforts to combat wildlife trafficking on Wednesday 23 November, followed by a vote the next day. (Read more: Making a killing: how to stop the lethal practice of wildlife trafficking )