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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 )

 
 

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

ENVI Environment / Food safety21-01-2015 - 19:17
Minced meat  

Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should be labelled by country of origin as is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee 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: Food safety MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods )

 
 

Frédérique Ries: It should not be up to courts to decide on GMO bans

Plenary Session Environment / Public health13-01-2015 - 17:50
Interview with Frederique Ries  

Legislation should be decided by lawmakers, not courts, according to Frédérique Ries. On 13 January MEPs approved new rules enabling member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of GMOs, even if approved by the EU. Ries, a Belgian member of the ALDE group who steered the proposal through the EP, said the changes were needed as countries kept being taken to court to justify why they had banned a certain GMO crop: " I don't think it's a good idea that legislation is being created by courts." (Read more: Frédérique Ries: It should not be up to courts to decide on GMO bans )

 
 

Parliament backs GMO opt-out for EU member states

Plenary Session Environment13-01-2015 - 13:24
Golden ears of wheat  

New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs on Tuesday. The legislation, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, was originally tabled in 2010 but was then deadlocked for four years due to disagreement between pro- and anti-GMO member states. (Read more: Parliament backs GMO opt-out for EU member states )

 
 

Q&A: GMO cultivation in the EU

Others Agriculture / Environment / Food safety12-01-2015 - 13:27
Corn in a field. ©BELGA_ AFP_P.HUGUEN  

The EU has one of the toughest genetically modified food regulations in the world and the cultivation of GM crops is only allowed following a thorough risk assessment. The Council has agreed to a proposal to give member states more flexibility to deal with GMOs on their own territory. MEPs will debate the proposal and vote on it on Tuesday morning. Follow it live on our website. (Read more: Q&A: GMO cultivation in the EU )

 
 
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Ministers are in Lima this week to negotiate a text to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which should then be finalised at a conference in Paris in 2015. The Parliament has sent a delegation of 12 MEPs to support representatives from the European Commission and the Council during the negotiations. Check out our infographic to find out more about how greenhouse gases affect climate change. (Read more: COP 20 in Lima: key step on the way to a global climate agreement in Paris )