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ETS reform: everything you need to know in a nutshell

Others Environment26-02-2015 - 16:55
The EP’s environmental committee backs the reform of the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). © BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK  

The EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) was set up to reduce gas emissions and fight climate change, but it is not working as efficiently as it could. On 24 February MEPs approved draft legislation to tackle the imbalances of supply and demand of emission allowances, which is holding back investment in green technologies. Read on to find out what the reform is all about. (Read more: ETS reform: everything you need to know in a nutshell )

 
 

Environment Committee backs switchover to advanced biofuels

ENVI Environment24-02-2015 - 17:16
Biofuels Intro story illu  

A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as seaweed and waste, was approved by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops. (Read more: Environment Committee backs switchover to advanced biofuels )

 
 

Environment Committee backs ETS market reserve, advocates early start

ENVI Consumers / Environment24-02-2015 - 17:11

A draft law to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), by reducing the surplus of carbon credits available for trading into order to support the price, was backed by Environment Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. They advocated introducing the mechanism early, by the end of 2018, and also proposed preventing the automatic return to the market, from 2019, of a portion of allowances “back loaded” last year in a separate vote. (Read more: Environment Committee backs ETS market reserve, advocates early start )

 
 

MEPs to debate access to medicines

Plenary Session Public health11-02-2015 - 19:15

Concerns that patients may be deprived of innovative medicines due to their cost will be back on Parliament’s agenda in a debate with Latvian Secretary of State for European Affairs Kalniņa-Lukaševica and Commissionner Stylianides this evening. The high prices of new treatments for diseases such as Hepatitis C recently prompted MEPs and certain EU member states to call for EU-wide measures to help patients to access affordable and innovative therapies. (Read more: MEPs to debate access to medicines )

 
 

MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods

Plenary Session Food safety11-02-2015 - 13:04
Hot freshly made home lasagna  

Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case with bovine fresh meat, said MEPs on Wednesday. They call on the European Commission, which published a report on the issue in late 2013, to come up with legislative proposals in order to rebuild consumer confidence in the wake of the horsemeat scandal and other food fraud cases. (Read more: MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods )

 
 

The various food scandals that have hit Europe over the years, such as the horse meat one in 2013, show how important it is to know where your food comes from. Today MEPs will debate a proposal to make it obligatory to indicate on the labels of all processed food, such as lasagne, where the meat in it originates. Showing where meat used as an ingredient was produced ensures better traceability along the food supply chain and helps food businesses to better select their suppliers and products. (Read more: Food safety: MEPs debate right to know where meat in processed food comes from )

 
 

World Cancer Day: how thousands of lives could be saved

Others Public health04-02-2015 - 16:25
T lymphocyte and prostate cancer cell  

Some 1.7 million Europeans still die because of cancer every year, making it the second most common cause of death in Europe. As up to 40% of cases can be prevented, World Cancer Day on 4 February is a great occasion to remind people of how thousands of lives can be saved, namely with proper prevention, early detection, access to proper treatment and care. (Read more: World Cancer Day: how thousands of lives could be saved )

 
 

Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference

Plenary Session Environment28-01-2015 - 20:16
The logo of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, the Cop 21 summit in Paris, on January 14, 2015. ©BELGA/AFP/J.Demarthon  

The roadmap to the 21st UN climate conference, in Paris (France) in December, was debated by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency and Commissioner Arias Cañete on Wednesday. The conference of parties (COP21) to the UN Convention on Climate Change aims to deliver a worldwide climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. (Read more: Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference )

 
 

Live: plenary debate on roadmap for Paris climate agreement

Plenary Session Environment28-01-2015 - 15:13
climate-change_EN  

MEPs discuss the roadmap towards a new international climate agreement with Council and Commission representatives today Wednesday. Member states need to negotiate a new agreement as the Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2020. During the UN climate talks in Lima before Christmas NGOs, experts and politicians started preparations on a new agreement to be finalised in Paris this coming December. Follow the debate and check out our infographic to find out more about the effect of greenhouse gases. (Read more: Live: plenary debate on roadmap for Paris climate agreement )