Press Release: Highlights from the European Maritime Day

Maritime stakeholders from all over Europe gathered on 16 and 17 May in Lisbon at the European Maritime Day. Read the highlights from the event to grasp what is currently going on in the blue sector.

The focus of 2019 Maritime Day was blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy.

Press Release: Auditors scrutinise EU contribution to biodiversity in farming

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity. In particular, the auditors will examine the design of the EU biodiversity strategy and its application in the common agricultural policy (CAP). They will also assess the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funding for biodiversity in farming.

Press Release: Informal Meeting of Ministers for Environment of the EU member states. Main topics on the agenda: climate change, biodiversity and water management

The informal meeting reunited ministers of environment from the EU Member States, EFTA states and candidate states for accession to the EU, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council, executive director of European Environment Agency and General Secretary of European Environmental Bureau.

Press Release: Circular Economy: Commission welcomes Council final adoption of new rules on single-use plastics to reduce marine plastic litter

The Council of the EU today adopted the ambitious measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.

Press Release: rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of the rescEU fleet during an initial transition period, and the Commission is working together with the participating countries to add extra assets in the coming weeks.

Call for Applications: 2020 European Natura 2000 Award

The Natura 2000 Award is designed to reward excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and showcase the added value of the network for local economies. It pays tribute to all those who work tirelessly to make Natura 2000 a success whilst drawing public attention to its substantial achievements.

Launch of call for applications announced today.

Press Release: In depth: Biggest-ever European Maritime Day offers an exciting world of discovery

With 1500 registered participants, EMD 2019 has broken all previous records, including for the biggest ever exhibition, with 105 exhibitors. Walking around offers a glimpse into the exciting opportunities our seas offer – and that plenty of businesses are starting to grasp.

Press Release: The EU and Fiji stepping up cooperation

The European Union (EU) and Fiji held their fourth High Level Political Dialogue under article 8 of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)  EU Partnership (Cotonou) Agreement in Brussels, Belgium, on 20 May 2019 under the co-chairmanship of Fiji’s Foreign Minister H.E. Inia Seruiratu and EEAS Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, Gunnar Wiegand. 

Report: Release of the European Ocean Observing Conference report

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Written Answer to a Question: Cadmium in EU waters

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Official Journal (C Series): Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/814 of 17 May 2019 authorising Italy to apply, in determined geographical areas, reduced rates of taxation on gas oil and liquid petroleum gas used for heating purposes in accordance with Article 19 of Directive 2003/96/EC

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Press Release: Council adopts new rules which simplify reporting obligations in environmental legislation

The Council is making environmental reporting obligations in EU legislation more coherent and more consistent by amending ten legislative acts. The purpose of the regulation adopted today is to streamline reporting obligations, reduce administrative costs, improve the quality of available data for future evaluations and increase transparency.

Press Release: EU adopts new rules on fertilisers

The EU is adopting new rules for placing fertilising products on the EU market. The Council today adopted a regulation which harmonises the requirements for fertilisers produced from phosphate minerals and from organic or secondary raw materials in the EU, opening up new possibilities for their production and marketing on a large scale. The regulation sets harmonised limits for a range of contaminants, such as cadmium, contained in mineral fertilisers.

Press Release: Council adopts ban on single-use plastics

The EU is cracking down on plastic pollution. The Council today adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products.

The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807 of 13 March 2019 supplementing Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the determination of high indirect land-use change-risk feedstock for which a significant expansion of the production area into land with high carbon stock is observed and the certification of low indirect land-use change-risk biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels

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Black Sea Strategic Reseach and Innovation Agenda

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (21 May 2019)

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