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EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far

Others Institutions / Immigration / Justice and home affairs / Energy / Environment19-04-2017 - 16:04
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The European Union is focussing this year on delivering results in areas that matter to all Europeans. EU institutions have agreed on a set of priorities ranging from boosting e-commerce to protecting the environment and strengthening borders. Four months into the year, check out which major legislative proposals MEPs have already approved. (Read more: EU priorities for 2017: what Parliament has achieved so far )

 

Proposals for cutting food waste

ENVI Food safety11-04-2017 - 14:54

Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030 on Tuesday. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the “best before” and “use by” labelling. (Read more: Proposals for cutting food waste )

 

Car emissions scandal: MEPs call for stricter and clearer oversight

Plenary Session Environment06-04-2017 - 16:03
 

The European Commission and most EU countries failed to prevent car manufacturers from cheating emissions test, according to the final report by Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the car emissions scandal. It was set up in December 2015, a few months after Volkswagen admitted to falsifying test results in their diesel cars. In the report adopted on 4 April, MEPs propose a set of measures to prevent dishonest practices by car manufacturers in the future. (Read more: Car emissions scandal: MEPs call for stricter and clearer oversight )

 

Call to halt new GM maize authorisation

Plenary Session Public health / Food safety05-04-2017 - 13:13

MEPs oppose EU Commission plans to authorise imports of food and feed products derived from or containing a herbicide and pest-resistant genetically modified (GM) maize in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It highlights the lack of data on the many sub-combinations of the variety - all of which would also be authorised - and reiterates Parliament’s call for a reform of the EU’s GMO authorisation procedure. (Read more: Call to halt new GM maize authorisation )

 

Medical devices: more safety, more traceability

Plenary Session Public health05-04-2017 - 12:47

Stricter rules to ensure that medical devices such as breast or hip implants are traceable and comply with EU patient safety requirements were backed by MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs also approved laws to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. for pregnancy or DNA testing. (Read more: Medical devices: more safety, more traceability )

 

Car emissions: MEPs urge EU Commission and member states to clean up their act

Plenary Session Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment04-04-2017 - 13:32
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The fact that diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are much higher in real driving conditions than in laboratory tests was known to the EU member states and Commission over a decade ago. They should now act swiftly to improve tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, say MEPs in recommendations voted on Tuesday. In a separate vote, MEPs also amended EU “type approval” rules to make environmental and safety testing more independent, with stricter oversight of cars already on the road. (Read more: Car emissions: MEPs urge EU Commission and member states to clean up their act )

 

MEPs call for clampdown on imports of unsustainable palm oil and use in biofuel

Plenary Session Environment04-04-2017 - 13:02
Deforestation for oil palm plantations ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. (Read more: MEPs call for clampdown on imports of unsustainable palm oil and use in biofuel )

 

Palm oil: the high cost of cultivating the cheap vegetable oil

Plenary Session Environment / Public health03-04-2017 - 09:54
 

Palm oil is extensively used in food, cosmetics and biofuels, however the unsustainable production of the cheap vegetable oil leads to deforestation, loss of nature habitats and greenhouse gas emissions. MEPS vote on 4 April on a report by Czech GUE member Kateřina Konečná calling on the European Commission to take measures to ensure among others the phasing out of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 and a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market. (Read more: Palm oil: the high cost of cultivating the cheap vegetable oil )

 

March plenary: safe food, melting ice caps and a prejudice that won’t go away

Plenary Session External/international trade / Environment / Food safety17-03-2017 - 11:03
 

Modern threats and ancient prejudices dominated Parliament’s March 2017 plenary session. The need to ensure that our food is safe was debated as were the threats and opportunities of melting polar ice. At the same time, the inequality still facing women in the workplace was underlined and an MEP who berated women punished, while most MEPs called on Europe to step in and replace the funds the United States is withdrawing from NGOs offering abortions in developing countries. (Read more: March plenary: safe food, melting ice caps and a prejudice that won’t go away )

 

Arctic: ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs

Plenary Session External relations / Environment16-03-2017 - 12:44
Picture of iceland glacier lagoon bay  

Climate change is bringing new environmental and security challenges in the Arctic, as the melting ice cap opens up new navigation and fishing routes, and competition for its natural resources heats up, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They call for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem, ban oil drilling there and keep it a low-tension and cooperation area. (Read more: Arctic: ban oil drilling and mitigate tensions, urge MEPs )