At a Glance: Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, December 2017

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.

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Call for Proposal: The Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) Initiative

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of 15.12.2017 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 44/2014, as regards vehicle construction and general requirements, and Delegated Regulation (EU) No 134/2014, as regards environmental and propulsion unit performance requirements for the approval of two-or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles

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Press Release: The JRC teams up with the French National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks

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.

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UPDATED – Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market based measure from 2021

Update: A revised document has been published.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (5 December 2017)

Update: The draft minutes are available.

The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

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Stakeholder Press Release: World leaders demand shipping emissions cuts under countries’ Paris climate commitments

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.

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Information Note: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market-based measure from 2021

– Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading (Strasbourg, 11 to 14 December)

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on progress in implementing Regulation (EC) 166/2006 concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

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Stakeholder Press Release: UK flights must follow EU environment rules to continue easy market access – report

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.

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (13 & 15 December 2017)

Agenda items concern energy & climate and environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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Press Release: “It’s about moving people, not cars” – training to reduce traffic congestion in Romania

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.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11-12 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Environment Council (19 December 2017)

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Stakeholder Press Release: EU countries strengthen car approval system to prevent another dieselgate

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.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Type approval: auto industry welcomes agreement on reformed system

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’).

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