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Photos: climate deal approved and signed by Parliament

Plenary Session Environment04-10-2016 - 14:44
1. Cop21 signature  

High-level guests, solemn speeches and a warm applause. All this was present on Tuesday afternoon at the ceremony surrounding Parliament’s historic vote in favour of the Paris climate agreement and the signature paving the way for it to enter into force. Take a look at our slideshow to see how it happened. (Read more: Photos: climate deal approved and signed by Parliament )

 

MEPs’ green light for Paris climate agreement to trigger its entry into force

Plenary Session Environment04-10-2016 - 14:09
Cop21 Vote at Plenary_  

The UNFCCC Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, will come into force next month, having met the necessary conditions much earlier than predicted, as the European Parliament agreed to its ratification by the European Union in a historic vote on Tuesday. The EU will join the US, China and India, other global players and major greenhouse gas emitters, at a November meeting of Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) in Marrakesh. (Read more: MEPs’ green light for Paris climate agreement to trigger its entry into force )

 
Interview with Giovanni La Via  

Parliament gave its consent to the ratification of the Paris climate agreement today in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and COP21 President Ségolène Royal after EU ministers approved it on 30 September. The EU ratification will trigger the entry into force of the first-ever universal, legally-binding global climate deal. Ahead of the Council vote, we discussed the agreement with Italian EPP member Giovanni La Via, chair of the environment committee. (Read more: Paris climate agreement: “We are working to secure a swift entry into force” )

 

Paris climate agreement: Parliament to vote Tuesday on EU ratification

Plenary Session Environment03-10-2016 - 18:14

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday at noon to give its consent to the ratification of the Paris climate agreement by the European Union. A formal signature ceremony will follow, after an address from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in the presence of French environment minister and COP21 President Ségolène Royal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. Political group leaders will also take the floor. (Read more: Paris climate agreement: Parliament to vote Tuesday on EU ratification )

 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to address EP at time of Paris Agreement vote

Others Institutions / Environment03-10-2016 - 09:12

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Strasbourg on Tuesday to attend the final vote of the European Parliament on whether to grant consent to the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the EU. (Read more: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to address EP at time of Paris Agreement vote )

 

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday to give its consent to the ratification of the Paris climate agreement by the European Union, after Council gave its green light on Friday. For Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) the decision allows the EU to remain a leader in climate action ahead of the next round of talks to take place in Marrakech in November. (Read more: Paris climate agreement: EP to vote on EU ratification after Council green light )

 

Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs debate changes to type-approval rules

IMCO Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment29-09-2016 - 13:19

MEPs’ plans to tighten up EU car “type approval” rules, in the wake of the VW scandal, were discussed in the Internal Market Committee on Thursday. These include stricter supervision of tests done before a car can be placed on the market and more stringent obligations on EU member states to check that those already on the road meet all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. (Read more: Cleaner cars: Internal Market MEPs debate changes to type-approval rules )

 

MEPs’ priorities for safeguarding endangered species

Plenary Session Environment15-09-2016 - 12:49
A baby African elephant (Loxodonta africana) pictured in the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

As wildlife trafficking is now the fourth largest black market and endangers many species, the EU should help curb demand, inter alia with an EU-wide ban on trade in ivory, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. This sets out MEPs’ priorities for the 17th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, Johannesburg, 24 September–5 October), which the EU will attend for the first time as a party to the convention. (Read more: MEPs’ priorities for safeguarding endangered species )

 

Car emissions: MEPs' inquiry gearing up for second half

Plenary Session Environment13-09-2016 - 12:40
Emissions of a starting diesel engine ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Parliament’s car emissions inquiry urgently needs more information from the EU Commission, it says in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Half-way through its mandate, the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), has yet to receive some Commission documents on emission measurements and details of expert group work on vehicle type approval procedures, notes the text. The inquiry’s final report is due in spring 2017. (Read more: Car emissions: MEPs' inquiry gearing up for second half )

 

Emissions scandal: “Member states not keen on strict implementation”

Plenary Session Environment13-09-2016 - 10:23
 

Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the car emissions testing scandal is now halfway through its mandate, but already it has a clearer view of how car manufacturers were able to claim that their cars polluted many times less than they actually did. MEPs vote on their interim report in plenary on Tuesday 13 September. Watch the video for an interview with report authors Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Pablo Zalba Bidegain. (Read more: Emissions scandal: “Member states not keen on strict implementation” )