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Sanità e ambiente


A draft EU law that would enable any member state to restrict or prohibit the use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was strongly opposed by MEPs from all political groups in a debate on Wednesday. Members were concerned that the draft did not include an impact assessment, that member state measures might not be compatible with single market or WTO rules and that the proposal might prove unworkable. (Read more: GMO imports: MEPs object to draft law allowing national bans, call for plan B )


Air quality: Environment MEPs call for tougher new national caps on pollutants

ENVI Environment / Public health15-07-2015 - 16:46
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As air pollution is responsible for around 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, Environment MEPs on Wednesday tightened up Commission plans and called for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six main pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides in order to cut emissions by 70% across the EU and save €40bn in air pollution costs by 2030. MEPs also want to include emissions reduction ceilings on mercury, and a midpoint target for most caps of 2025. (Read more: Air quality: Environment MEPs call for tougher new national caps on pollutants )


Economia circolare: deputati chiedono un "cambiamento sistemico

Tornata Ambiente09-07-2015 - 13:12
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In una risoluzione approvata giovedì, i deputati sottolineano che l'UE deve utilizzare le risorse naturali in modo più efficiente: un aumento del 30% della produttività delle risorse entro il 2030 potrebbe aumentare il PIL di quasi l'1% e creare 2 milioni di nuovi posti di lavoro sostenibili. (Seguito: Economia circolare: deputati chiedono un "cambiamento sistemico )


Una riforma del sistema europeo di scambio delle quote d'emissione (ETS), che mira a ridurre il surplus dei diritti di emissione destinati al mercato al fine di sostenerne il prezzo e facilitare cosi la riduzione delle emissioni di CO2, è stata approvata mercoledì dal Parlamento. La riforma, già concordata informalmente con la Presidenza lettone del Consiglio, entrerà in vigore nel 2019. (Seguito: Emissioni CO2: il Parlamento approva la riserva di stabilità del mercato )


In che maniera la tecnologia può aiutare i pazienti?

Altro Sanità pubblica02-07-2015 - 14:35
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I pazienti possono ormai monitorare le loro condizioni di salute con delle semplici applicazioni telefoniche, sia in casi gravi come l'insufficienza renale o semplicemente per smettere di fumare, bere più acqua o fare più esercizio fisico. Mercoledì 1 luglio il Comitato per la valutazione delle scelte scientifiche e tecnologiche (STOA) ha organizzato un seminario con vari esperti per discutere di come le nuove tecnologie possano aiutare i pazienti e migliorare l'alfabetizzazione sanitaria. (Seguito: In che maniera la tecnologia può aiutare i pazienti? )


The European Commission’s weak response to the first EU citizens’ initiative (ECI) petition, on the “Right2Water”, could discredit the ECI system, warn Environment Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It “lacks any real ambition and failed to meet the demands of the organizers”, they add. ECIs enable citizens to ask the Commission to propose laws in areas within its competence, if they can muster at least one million signatures from at least a quarter of EU member states. (Read more: Right2water citizens’ initiative: Commission must act, say MEPs )


Novel Foods: food safety MEPs back deal with Council

ENVI Food safety25-06-2015 - 14:25
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Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorisation procedure for novel foods, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, were endorsed by the Environment Committee on Thursday. In talks, MEPs insisted that foods from cloned animals must be clearly included in the scope of the regulation, as must the precautionary principle, measures to keep nanomaterials under scrutiny and animal testing restrictions. (Read more: Novel Foods: food safety MEPs back deal with Council )


Medium combustion plants emissions: informal deal with Council

ENVI Environment / Public health23-06-2015 - 18:59

Draft plans to set sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits for medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Tuesday. EU Member states will have to assess whether to introduce stricter limits in areas where these emissions breach EU air quality standards. (Read more: Medium combustion plants emissions: informal deal with Council )