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Trade and biodiversity

Eingehende Analyse 05-06-2020

International trade has a direct impact on EU biodiversity, imported invasive species and pathogens, being an example. Trade also impacts global biodiversity, for instance through the 'virtual' water, land, and deforestation contained in EU imports. Economic theory shows that trade with countries that fail to protect a renewable resource can be detrimental for all. Protecting global biodiversity calls for a variety of instruments, at the EU border as well as in the provisions of preferential agreements ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs, aims at gaining deeper insights into the environmental liability of companies in the European Union. It analyses the role of companies within the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) and pays attention to potential hurdles that may limit the possibility to hold companies liable for environmental harm. Various remedies to the limited liability of the corporation are discussed ...

The study examines the evolution of technologies in the offshore exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, and their future environmental impact for the region. It finds that new technologies move this stage of natural gas development into increasing digitalisation, better designs for safety equipment, and increased automation. It then proceeds to propose a number of policy measures on collaboration, data sharing, environmental bassline surveys, open digital platforms ...

Water protection and management

Kurzdarstellungen zur EU 01-11-2017

Water is essential for human, animal and plant life and is an indispensable resource for the economy. Its protection and management transcend national boundaries. EU water legislation was transformed with the adoption in 2000 of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), which introduced a holistic approach for the management and protection of surface waters and groundwater based on river basins. The WFD is supplemented by international agreements and legislation relating to water quantity, quality and ...


Kurzdarstellungen zur EU 01-11-2017

Die Ziele der EU-Rechtsvorschriften für Chemikalien bestehen darin, die menschliche Gesundheit und die Umwelt zu schützen sowie Handelshemmnissen vorzubeugen. Sie umfassen Vorschriften für das Inverkehrbringen und die Verwendung bestimmter Kategorien von chemischen Erzeugnissen, eine Reihe harmonisierter Einschränkungen für das Inverkehrbringen und die Verwendung bestimmter gefährlicher Stoffe und Zubereitungen sowie Vorschriften für schwere Unfälle und die Ausfuhr von gefährlichen Stoffen. Die REACH-Verordnung ...

Maritime transport: traffic and safety rules

Kurzdarstellungen zur EU 01-11-2017

EU directives and regulations have, over the past few years, greatly improved safety standards in sea transport. The improvements were brought about especially by the three legislative packages adopted in the wake of the Erika and Prestige disasters.

EU response to the Caribbean hurricanes

Auf einen Blick 20-09-2017

The scenes of devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the Caribbean are a stark reminder of the destructive force of nature. As residents struggle to rebuild their lives following the passage of the latest storms, attention turns to the relief efforts. The EU can help through emergency humanitarian assistance and a variety of funding mechanisms, depending on the status of the territories concerned and their relationship with the EU.

Health and safety at work

Kurzdarstellungen zur EU 01-06-2017

Improving health and safety at work has been an important issue for the EU since the 1980s. The introduction of legislation at European level set minimum standards for the protection of workers, without preventing Member States from maintaining or introducing more stringent measures. When the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union became legally binding, making health and safety policy an even more important area of EU legislation.

The workshop organised by the Policy Department A for the IMCO Committee aimed at discussing the revision of the fertilisers’ regulation proposed by the European Commission and its possible implications for producers, farmers and other users. It allowed exchange of views on the new regulatory proposal. This document was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.


Auf einen Blick 27-09-2016

Einer der Hauptwege, wie Menschen mit Chemikalien in Kontakt kommen, führt über Lebensmittel. Die Sicherheit von Materialen, die mit Lebensmitteln in Kontakt kommen, sollte deshalb sorgfältig geprüft werden, da eine Migration von Chemikalien in die Lebensmittel möglich ist. Der Ausschuss für Umweltfragen, öffentliche Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (ENVI) des Europäischen Parlaments hat einen Initiativbericht erarbeitet, in dem die Probleme im Zusammenhang mit der Umsetzung der Verordnung über ...