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Wildlife crime: MEPs call for tougher penalties

Plenary Session Environment15-01-2014 - 13:39
A seized tiger skin displayed by Thai customs officials  

Tougher penalties, mandatory destruction of illegal ivory and better training of police and prosecutors are needed to combat trophy hunting and the organised criminal killing of rhinos, elephants and other wildlife for profit, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. (Read more: Wildlife crime: MEPs call for tougher penalties)

 
 

Parliament clarifies labelling rules for honey if contaminated by GM pollen

Plenary Session Food safety15-01-2014 - 13:32
Bee close up  

Parliament endorsed draft rules defining pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient, in a vote on Wednesday. This means that GM pollen has to be labelled if it makes up more than 0.9% of the honey. (Read more: Parliament clarifies labelling rules for honey if contaminated by GM pollen )

 
 

Plastic waste: Parliament sounds the alarm

Plenary Session Environment14-01-2014 - 13:05
Garbage on Ocean Coast  

The most hazardous plastics and certain plastic bags should be banned by 2020, as part of an EU strategy to reduce plastic waste in the environment, says the European Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. The EU should also introduce binding plastic waste recycling targets, MEPs add. (Read more: Plastic waste: Parliament sounds the alarm)

 
 

Food fraud: MEPs call for measures to fix weak links in the production chain

Plenary Session Food safety14-01-2014 - 12:46

Recent food fraud cases, including the sale of horse meat as beef, should prompt the EU to review the functioning of the food production chain, step up checks and revise labelling legislation, says a non-legislative resolution approved on Tuesday. (Read more: Food fraud: MEPs call for measures to fix weak links in the production chain)

 
 

CO2 emissions: cleaner vans by 2020

Plenary Session Environment14-01-2014 - 12:22
Exhaust fumes ascent from an exhaust pipe  

The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday. The text, already informally agreed with EU ministers, also calls for the introduction of more reliable CO2 emission testing methods. (Read more: CO2 emissions: cleaner vans by 2020)

 
 

Tobacco directive: MEPs reach agreement with Council of Ministers

ENVI Public health18-12-2013 - 12:15

An agreement on draft legislation to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was reached on Wednesday by MEPs and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. This legislation would require all packs to carry a health warning covering 65% of their surface.E-cigarettes should be regulated, either as medicinal products, if they are presented as having curative or preventive properties, or as tobacco products.. (Read more: Tobacco directive: MEPs reach agreement with Council of Ministers )

 
 

An agreement with the Council of Ministers on new rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 was endorsed by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. The text retains this target, albeit with a limited “phase-in” in 2020, and allows “super credits” for the least-polluting cars in each manufacturer’s range to be counted from 2020 to 2022.The file had to be reopened after EU ministers failed to endorse a previous informal deal on it with Parliament. (Read more: Car CO2 emissions: Environment Committee backs agreement with Council)

 
 

Parliament backs stronger EU disaster response

Plenary Session Civil protection10-12-2013 - 12:11
Belga/Science  

New rules upgrading the EU's civil protection mechanism, which coordinates the EU's response to natural and man-made disasters such as earthquakes, oil spills or forest fires, were backed by MEPs on Tuesday. The deal, agreed with EU governments, provides more funding, streamlines the pooling of assets such as rescue teams and aircraft and makes it easier to intervene outside the EU. (Read more: Parliament backs stronger EU disaster response)

 
 

Climate change: Parliament approves measures to support carbon permit prices

Plenary Session Environment10-12-2013 - 12:08
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Plans to freeze the auctioning of a portion of the current glut of CO2 permits to boost their price and encourage firms to invest in low-carbon innovation got the EP's seal of approval on Tuesday. The measures, amended by the EP in July to set stricter conditions for the freeze, are intended to restore the incentive effect of the Emissions Trading System, which is designed to curb CO2 emissions. (Read more: Climate change: Parliament approves measures to support carbon permit prices)

 
 

Plans to freeze the auctioning of some CO2 permits, so as to raise their price and thus encourage firms to invest in low-carbon innovation, will be put to a final vote on Tuesday, after EU ministers endorsed Parliament’s July 2013 proposal setting stricter conditions for the freeze. The aim is to restore the incentive effect of the Emissions Trading System, which is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. (Read more: ETS backloading: carbon market schemes at a turning point)