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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 )

 

Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council

ENVI Environment01-07-2016 - 16:58

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch presidency of the Council on Thursday. Air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU per year. The agreement now needs to be endorsed by the Environment Committee and Parliament as a whole. (Read more: Air quality legislation: MEPs strike deal with Council )

 

Draft plans to tighten up official controls from farm to fork were informally agreed by food safety MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council on Wednesday. It aims to guarantee that the food consumers buy and eat in Europe is safe and wholesome, hence improving consumer’s health and preventing food crises. (Read more: MEPs and ministers agree to beef up official food checks from farm to fork )

 
Close up of hand holding silicon breast implant  

Plans for stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure full compliance and traceability of medical devices, such as breast or hip implants, were backed by Health Committee MEPs on Wednesday. MEPs also approved legislation to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices used for example in pregnancy or DNA testing. Both files were informally agreed with the Dutch Presidency of the Council. (Read more: Medical devices: Health Committee MEPs approve stricter EU safety requirements )

 

Sugary drinks and energy drinks containing caffeine should not display claims that they help increase alertness or concentration, as this would encourage high consumption of sugar among adolescents, who are the largest group of energy drink consumers, said Health committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. (Read more: Health Committee MEPs ask Parliament to veto energy drink “alertness” claims )

 

Parliament objects to herbicide-resistant GM carnation and maize authorisations

Plenary Session Public health08-06-2016 - 13:58

The EU Commission should withdraw its authorisations for the use of herbicide-resistant GM carnations and maize, say two non-binding resolutions voted on Wednesday. Authorising GM carnations would encourage the worldwide use of a diabetes medicine as a herbicide, while the GM maize is resistant to glyphosate, which is classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organisation (WHO), MEPs say. (Read more: Parliament objects to herbicide-resistant GM carnation and maize authorisations )

 

Interferenti endocrini: PE condanna il ritardo della Commissione

Tornata Sanità pubblica08-06-2016 - 13:40

Il ritardo della Commissione nella pubblicazione dei criteri scientifici necessari a identificare e ridurre l'esposizione alle sostanze chimiche che interferiscono con le attività ormonali, considerate una minaccia globale dal programma dell'ONU per l'ambiente (UNEP) e dall'Organizzazione mondiale della sanità, è stato condannato dai deputati in una risoluzione approvata mercoledì. (Seguito: Interferenti endocrini: PE condanna il ritardo della Commissione )