The December session highlights were the pre-European Council debate, including on the state of play of ‘Brexit’ negotiations, as well as the debate on foreign, security and defence policy, with a statement from Federica Mogherini on PESCO. Members also debated US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the PANA Committee of Inquiry report. Parliament adopted, inter alia, the ‘Omnibus’ regulation for agriculture, extension of EFSI, and a regulation on aviation emissions.
The JRC signed an agreement with the French Institut national de l’environnement industriel et des risques (INERIS) to reinforce cooperation in the fields of industrial risks and safety as well as environmental security.
The EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published newstudies dedicated to support European cities in tackling urban pollution.
Update: A revised document has been published.
Update: The draft minutes are available.
The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.
Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.
Some 35 world leaders have called for shipping emissions to be part of every country’s emissions reductions commitments under the Paris climate agreement. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomed the leaders’ recognition of the need for economy-wide action, as mandated by the 2015 accord, with shipping being a key sector – responsible for around 3% of global CO2 emissions.
– Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading (Strasbourg, 11 to 14 December)
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UK flights must abide by EU environmental rules after Brexit if Britain wants to the retain its current level of access to the European aviation market. That’s according to a report by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) which looked at how to ensure environmental protection in the aviation sector continues after the UK leaves the bloc. It recommends that EU rules on the aviation emissions trading system (ETS) and state aid should continue to apply to the UK. This would maintain a check on aviation emissions and prevent increased UK subsidies for airport infrastructure and airlines which would be distortive and detrimental to the environment.
– Adoption of the legislative act
Concerning energy & climate and environment, digital and transport.
Agenda items concern energy & climate and environment, digital, trade and transport policy.
In late October, an urban mobility training session took place in Timisoara, Romania, that brought together public servants and specialists in the field. Organised by the Romanian branch of the CIVITAS National Networks, it served as an ideal opportunity to share the CIVITAS approach and discuss Romanian efforts to combat what is a hot topic in the country: traffic congestion.
EU countries today agreed to strengthen rules governing how cars are approved for sale in Europe, with the goal of preventing another dieselgate. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the decision but warns that only proper scrutiny and real enforcement of the new rules will prevent carmakers from cheating again.
Brussels, 8 December 2017 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the fact that the European Parliament, EU member states and the European Commission reached a final agreement yesterday on a reformed system for approving vehicles before they are placed on the EU market (‘type approval’).