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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 )

 

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 )

 

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
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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
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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 )

 

Arctic: MEPs debate strategy to prevent conflicts over polar region heating up

Plenary Session External relations / Environment15-03-2017 - 14:30
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The melting of Arctic ice is unlocking new opportunities in the form of shipping routes and gas and oil stocks, but also increasing tensions and creating risks for the environment. A Parliament report calls for the protection of the Arctic's unique ecosystem and sets out ways to defuse possible tensions. "There is need to avoid the militarisation of the Arctic and respect for international law is essential,"said report co-author Urmas Paet. MEPs debate the report tonight and vote on it tomorrow. (Read more: Arctic: MEPs debate strategy to prevent conflicts over polar region heating up )

 

Waste: boost recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, Parliament says

Plenary Session Environment14-03-2017 - 13:47
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The share of waste to be recycled would rise to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, under draft legislation adopted on Tuesday. MEPs also want the “waste package” plans to limit the share of landfilling, which has a big environmental impact, to 5% and to deliver a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. Parliament will now negotiate with Council of Ministers. (Read more: Waste: boost recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, Parliament says )

 

Waste management: MEPs to vote on plans to boost recycling rates

Plenary Session Environment10-03-2017 - 09:58
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MEPs vote Tuesday 14 March on four directives concerning waste management, mainly waste from households and small firms, representing 8% of total waste. These plans are a first step towards creating a circular economy where products are designed in order to facilitate reuse. One of the key issues is how ambitious targets should be for recycling rates and limiting landfilling, which is probably the most harmful way of getting rid of waste. (Read more: Waste management: MEPs to vote on plans to boost recycling rates )