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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 )

 

Emissioni auto: verso la seconda fase dell’inchiesta

Tornata Ambiente13-09-2016 - 12:36
Emissions of a starting diesel engine ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

In una risoluzione votata martedì, i deputati hanno affermato che l’inchiesta del Parlamento sulle emissioni degli autoveicoli necessità urgentemente di ulteriori informazioni da parte della Commissione europea. (Seguito: Emissioni auto: verso la seconda fase dell’inchiesta )

 
icebergs floating in a fjord in Svalbard ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The European Parliament should give its consent to the ratification of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, recommended Environment Committee MEPs on Thursday. They also urged all EU member states to conclude the ratification process, to ensure its rapid entry into force. In a separate resolution, they also called on the EU to upgrade its emission reduction pledges, so as to close the gap between the individual targets agreed by the Parties and the Paris goals. (Read more: Environment MEPs support Paris agreement ratification, push for entry into force )

 

The Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) met on Monday to hear former EU commissioners (from 2010 to 2014) for the environment Janez Potočnik, and for industry and entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani. (Read more: Car emissions: former commissioners Potočnik and Tajani reply on “dieselgate” )

 

Verheugen: car emission rules could be more specific

EMIS Environment31-08-2016 - 12:24

The inquiry committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) heard Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for enterprise and industry 2004-2010, on how the current legislation on car emissions was drafted during his tenure. MEPs also heard Peter Lakin, vice president of Faurecia, on emission control technologies. (Read more: Verheugen: car emission rules could be more specific )

 

European Parliament to offset its 2015 carbon emissions

Others Environment25-07-2016 - 15:05

The European Parliament aims to become the first 100% carbon neutral EU institution, as decided at the end of last year by the Bureau (President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors). In order to fulfil this commitment, a call for tender was opened on 16 July 2016. (Read more: European Parliament to offset its 2015 carbon emissions )

 

The EU needs a common definition of “normal car use”, says Renault. Diesel engine NOx emissions are the price paid to hit lower CO2 targets, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. But Volkswagen is ashamed of cheating to beat strict US emissions laws. So said contributors to the “triple bill” of hearings in held by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS) on Wednesday and Thursday. Its work will continue after the summer break. (Read more: Car emissions: manufacturers and a former EU Commissioner quizzed by MEPs )

 

Il Parlamento pone il veto su indicazioni nutrizionali sulle energy drink

Tornata Sanità pubblica07-07-2016 - 13:10

Il PE ha posto il veto alla proposta della Commissione di permettere la presenza, sulle bevande contenenti zucchero e le bibite energizzanti che contengono caffeina, di indicazioni nutrizionali che ne promuovano la capacità di aumentare l'attenzione o la concentrazione. Nella risoluzione approvata giovedì, i deputati spiegano che tali annunci potrebbero incoraggiare un'eccessiva assunzione di zucchero da parte degli adolescenti, i maggiori consumatori di tali bevande. (Seguito: Il Parlamento pone il veto su indicazioni nutrizionali sulle energy drink )

 
A snow groomer machine ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Le proposte per aggiornare le norme di omologazione e i limiti di emissione europei per i motori a combustione interna per le macchine mobili non stradali, come tagliaerba, bulldozer, automotrici diesel e navi per la navigazione interna, sono state approvate martedì in via definitiva dai deputati. (Seguito: Il PE approva limiti di emissione per le macchine mobili non stradali )