Press Release: Commissioner Vella at UN Environment Assembly “Towards a Pollution-free Planet” in Kenya, 4-5 December

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will lead the EU Delegation at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). It will focus on the fight against pollution, and take place at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi from 4 – 6 December, bringing together environment ministers, civil society and business from UN Member States. Full article…

European Commission Roadmap: EU Pollinators Initiative

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Question for Written Answer: Canosa waste disposal sites

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Briefing: CE marked fertilising products

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Publication: Study on Waste Statistics – A comprehensive review of gaps and weaknesses and key priority areas for improvement in the EU waste statistics

Member States are required to report on waste management activities under a number of EU Directives and Regulations. Most (though not all) of the data is reported in order to monitor compliance with a range of binding targets on various aspects of waste management, including collection, reuse, recycling, recovery and landfilling of different waste streams. In order for the European Commission to be able to properly evaluate compliance, then reliable and relevant data is needed. Such data can also support decision making for future targets and to promote sustainable development at the national and international levels.
The aim of this study was to identify and analyse the main sources of uncertainties, inconsistencies and gaps in the reporting of waste statistics across the EU282 and to provide recommendations for improvement. Full article…

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: REACH Committee (24-25 October 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on Foodstuffs (Attachés level, morning only) (12 December 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee Public Hearing on ‘The impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the environment, public health and food safety’ (28 November 2017)

A summary of the public hearing is now available.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Bioplastics are making the difference

Berlin, 30 November 2017 – The 12th European Bioplastics Conference, which took place on 28/29 November 2017 in Berlin, showcased just how bioplastics are making the difference in driving innovations forward for more sustainability, resource efficiency, and functionality. Full article…

Report: Critical gaps remain in Europe’s environmental performance despite improvements (EEA)

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Written Answer to a Question: Environmental room for manoeuvre

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Question for Written Answer: Glyphosate residues and imports

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Agenda: Meeting of the Detergents Working Group (7 December 2017)

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Final opportunity for face-to-face advice on REACH 2018 (ECHA)

A message from ECHA: “Our free REACH 2018 Stakeholders’ Day from 29 to 31 January offers news, advice and case studies on the final REACH registration deadline and what happens after. Get tips on how to build and submit your registration dossier with our IT tools during the hands-on training session. If you have specific questions in mind, book a one-to-one meeting with us and visit your national helpdesk’s stand to get help in your own language. Sign up now.”

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Glyphosate’s approval renewed for five years (ECHA)

The EU Member States agreed by a qualified majority to renew the approval of the glyphosate for five years. On Monday the Member States’ representatives voted in the appeal committee on the Commission’s proposal. 18 Member States voted in favour and nine against the proposal. One Member State abstained from voting. The Commission will adopt the decision before the current authorisation of glyphosate expires on 15 December 2017. Full article…

Letter templates for data sharing and joint submission negotiations (ECHA)

“We have published letter templates that companies, especially SMEs, can use when starting negotiations with co-registrants for sharing data and submitting jointly for REACH registration. The aim is to help companies that might not be familiar with the regulation to ask the right questions making sure that all aspects of the negotiations are taken into account by the parties involved.” Full article…

Press Release: Companies asked to communicate their registration intentions for 2018

Helsinki, 29 November 2017 The DCG met on 27 November to 31 October 2018 REACH registration deadline for low-volume chemicals. In particular, the directors identified a need to call upon suppliers to communicate with them. Suppliers should know their plans for both individual substances and substances in mixtures. For the 10 to 100 ton registrations, they should therefore identify the uses their registrations intend to cover and communicate them downstream. Full article…

Stakeholder Press Release: Global market for bioplastics to grow by 20 percent

Berlin, 29 November 2017 – The results of European Bioplastics’ annual market data update, presented today at the 12thEuropean Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, confirm a stable growth of the global bioplastics industry. “The global market for bioplastics is predicted to grow by 20 percent over the next five years. The transition to a low-carbon and circular economy, stronger policy support for the bioeconomy, and an increased consumer awareness for sustainable products and packaging are driving the expansion” says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics. Full article…

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Biocidal Products (24 November 2017)

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COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/… amending Annexes I and V to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals

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