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The Circular Economy Action Plan was adopted by the Commission on 11 March 2020. Through streamlining of the regulatory framework, the plan aims at accelerating the transformational change required by the European Green Deal for achieving a cleaner, climate-neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy. It builds on the 2015 Closing the Loop - Circular Economy Action Plan and has close links to numerous other EU strategies - Industry, Chemicals, Clean Energy - and the Climate Law.

Hand open for drinking tap water

On 1 February 2018 the Commission proposed the recast of Council Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption (the ‘Drinking Water Directive’). The proposal aimed to update parameters set over 20 years ago, correct shortcomings and introduce access to water in response to the first ever European citizens’ initiative ‘Right2Water’.

illegal deforestation

EU consumption plays a significant part in global deforestation, which continues unabated and contributes heavily to climate change and biodiversity loss. ENVI adopted on 1 October a legislative own-initiative report calling on the Commission to take regulatory action on this matter and propose an EU legal framework based on mandatory due diligence for companies placing products on the EU market. On 22 October, Parliament adopted the report by 377 in favour, 75 against and 243 abstentions.

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Worldwide, forests are being lost at the alarming rate of 800 football fields per hour. With deforestation being a critical contributor to climate change and a leading cause of biodiversity loss, it is becoming increasingly clear that a sustainable future cannot be achieved without tackling deforestation and taking measures to protect- and sustainably manage forests.

European Climate Law

The Commission’s proposal for the first European Climate Law is the cornerstone of the European Green Deal and aims to write into law for the very first time the goal for Europe’s economy and society to become climate-neutral by 2050. The proposal, adopted on 4 March 2020, establishes an overall framework for achieving that objective. It updates the Union 2030 target to at least 55% net greenhouse gas emissions reduction, which is based on a detailed impact assessment published on 17 Sept 2020.

Health Working Group

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.

EU health programme

On 14 October 2020, ENVI adopted its report on EU4Health with 74 votes to 5 and 1 abstention. The report reinstates the funding of EUR 9.4 billion, as originally proposed by the Commission, to enhance health promotion and resilience of health systems across the EU. It proposes a stronger focus on disease prevention and on reducing health inequalities. The report also introduces a EU4Health Steering Group of independent health experts to ensure the effective implementation of the programme.

LIFE programme official logo

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.

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