The Greens/EFA and GUE have published press releases on the decision reached by the European leaders on the Withdrawal procedure.
The European Council has changed the UK withdrawal date to either 12 April or 22 May 2019. ECHA advises companies to continue their preparations for the UK withdrawal without a transition period. Respectively, the ‘Brexit window’ will stay open beyond the 30 March, subject to further developments.
EFSA has developed a harmonised framework to use across its scientific panels when evaluating the potential “combined effects” of chemical mixtures in food and feed. The approach gives EFSA’s scientists the tools to follow a mixtures approach when needed, which complements the current EU regulatory requirements for assessing single substances.
A consistent amount of energy is used in industrial water circuits, and projects funded under the Horizon2020 programme are developing ways to reduce it and make it more efficient.
On 19 March, more than 1000 people gathered in Brussels for this year’s largest EU event on oceans. Organised by MEP Gesine Meissner and European Commissioner Karmenu Vella, the event hosted our continent’s most influential advocates for healthy, safe and sustainable oceans. And with a large delegation of students and youth organisations in the room, the conference was more than an interesting recap of today’s status quo. It was a plea for even more ambition, from policy makers, companies and civil society, to safeguard the most precious organism of our planet: our ocean.
On 24 March, hundreds of EU staff in Belgium have spent their lazy Sunday on the beach. “What’s new?” you might wonder. Well, they didn’t come for sunbathing, even if the weather was good for it. Nor for taking an early dip into the sea – though swimming in ice cold water is something of a national tradition here (“ijsberen”, or acting like an ice bear). Equipped with gloves, bags, litter picking sticks and a host of 12-starred paraphernalia, officials from the Commission and other institutions came to clean the beach, ahead of the tourist season.
Efficient district energy (heating and cooling) systems are perfect for the application of energy from renewable sources and use of waste heat. Renewables can be more affordable for the district energy system operators and end-customers, compared to energy from fossil fuels. However, their potential is greatly underexploited in the Western Balkans Region due to the lack of information and know-how. In addition, district energy systems operators are sometimes reluctant to invest resources in new technologies due to the lack of financial support.