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Union Civil Protection Mechanism

Through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM), the Union supports, coordinates and supplements the action of Member States in the field of civil protection to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters within and outside the Union. During the COVID-19 crisis, measures were taken in the framework of the UCPM: for example the repatriation of more than 48,000 EU citizens of the procurement of key medical equipment for Member States in difficulty.


On 4 February 2019, the Commission hence proposed to amend Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport (the “EU MRV Regulation”). The main goal is to be in line with the new legal framework for a global data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships (“global IMO DCS”) adopted in 2016 by the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

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Following a Commission legislative proposal, on 23 April 2021 the ENVI Committee adopted a report which aims to enhance the EU’s implementation of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. The ENVI Members agreed to considerably broaden the opportunities for NGOs and citizens to seek the review of EU administrative acts or omissions on the grounds that they contravene environmental law.

public health

The Health Working Group is part of the ENVI Committee activities, focusing on public health issues. It consists of a forum for MEPs to discuss issues that affect the health of Europe's citizens. Many decisions are made at the European Parliament, which affect health, whether it's nutritional labelling on food, health warnings on tobacco, research into new cancer treatments or cross border organ donations.

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LIFE, since, 1992, is the only programme dedicated specifically to environment and climate action. The objective of the LIFE Programme shall be to: contribute to the shift towards a sustainable, circular, energy-efficient, renewable energy-based, climate-neutral and resilient economy; protect, restore and improve the quality of the environment, halt and reverse biodiversity loss and to tackle the degradation of ecosystems, including through Natura 2000 network.

formula for methane

On 14 October 2020, the European Commission put forward a strategy for the reduction of methane emissions (COM(2020)663 final). The strategy focuses on cross-sectoral actions as well as on specific actions in the energy, agricultural, waste and wastewater sectors to reduce methane emission within the EU and globally. The ENVI Committee is the lead Committee for an own-initiative report on the strategy.

European pharmaceutical strategy

In November 2020, the Commission adopted a pharmaceutical strategy for Europe. This strategy is major initiative under the European Health Union, a process launched to reinforce preparedness and response during health crises. The strategy's goal is to give the EU's pharmaceutical policy a long-term vision: to ensure it is crisis-resilient and sustainable, and to reinforce the EU's position as a global leader in this critical area while ensuring access to affordable medicines for patients.


The European Commission adopted its Communication on the European Green Deal in December 2019. One of the key policies and measures that would be needed to achieve the Green Deal is the proposal for a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM)

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