Berlin, 17 January 2018 – The European Strategy for Plastics, published on Tuesday by the European Commission, sets clear goals to curb plastic waste, increase resource e ciency, and to create value and job growth in Europe, but falls short on presenting a comprehen- sive approach by limiting the focus of the strategy on mechanical recycling. Concrete steps towards reducing the dependency on fossil feedstock by linking the circular economy with the bioeconomy and supporting innovative bio-based plastics solutions have been further postponed. Moreover, the contributions of biodegradable plastics to a circular economy are recognised but concrete measures are still missing.
A new intention for identification as a substance of very high concern has been received for disodium octaborate (EC 234-541-0; CAS 12008-41-2). The proposal for tricobalt tetraoxide containing ≥ 0.1 % w/w nickel oxides (EC 215-157-2) has been withdrawn.
The Commission will give additional funding of €169 million to promote EU agricultural products throughout the world – €27 million more than in 2017.
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This year’s conference of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) will focus on the development of the Energy Union and the European internal energy market. Full article…
“Our two new video tutorials explain how to connect and synchronise the chemical safety assessment and reporting tool (Chesar) with the IUCLID Cloud.”
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – which represents UK-based manufacturers – wrote to the European Commission arguing it should slow down the rate at which companies are required to reduce CO2 emissions levels and opposing targets for electric cars.
ENISA, the EU cybersecurity agency has hosted the main planning conference for Cyber Europe 2018, the most important cybersecurity exercise in the European Union.
Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts comments ahead of the EU Council summit.
From 31 October to 3 November 2017, ENISA will support the most important European cyber-competition of the year, the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC).
The British government’s lack of clarity over the future status of the north of Ireland, citizens’ rights and the financial settlement has come under intense criticism from GUE/NGL group during the Brexit debate at the plenary this morning and in a European Parliament resolution. Full article…
Sufficient progress on the EU’s priority aims, a prerequisite for negotiating any transition period or future relationship between the EU and UK, has not been achieved, MEPs say. Full article…