This article presents statistics on employment and growth in the European Union’s (EU’s) environmental economy, as it is defined in the European environmental goods and services sector (EGSS) accounts. The environmental economy encompasses activities and products that serve either of two purposes: ‘environmental protection’ — that is, preventing, reducing and eliminating pollution or any other degradation of the environment or ‘resource management’ — that is, preserving and maintaining the stock of natural resources, hence safeguarding it against depletion. EGSS accounts provide information on production (output) and exports of environmental goods and services and the employment and gross value added related to their production.
Concerns the new 2019-2021 work plan to review the operation and implementation of the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), with several mentions of EU policies including eco-design and transitional periods for minimum residue in pesticides.
After having been in place for almost five years, the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on solar panels from China will expire at midnight on Monday 3rd September.