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: 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.

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

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Press Release: Assessing endocrine disrupting properties for biocides

To get a biocidal active substance approved, your application must contain an assessment of possible endocrine disrupting (ED) properties. This requirement was specified by the European Commission in the endocrine disruptor criteria for biocides, which took effect in June 2018. If you are preparing an active substance application, read our tips on how to assess if your substance is an endocrine disruptor.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Recommendation (EU) 2019/794 of 15 May 2019 on a coordinated control plan with a view to establishing the prevalence of certain substances migrating from materials and articles intended to come into contact with food (notified under document C(2019) 3519)

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Comitology Meeting: 15th meeting of the IED Article 75 Committee (17 June 2019)

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Agenda: Commission Expert Group on the Implementation of the Drinking Water Directive (04 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (9 April 2019)

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Written answer to question: Application of safeguard measures to stainless steel products of Indonesian origin

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9238 INEOS / ASHLAND GLOBAL (COMPOSITES BUSINESS AND BUTANEDIOL MANUFACTURING FACILITY)

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Press Release: Solution for waste water in bioplastics and food additives

The food and drink industry is the third most water-thirsty industrial manufacturing sector in Europe. It uses around 4.9 m3 of water per inhabitant per year and generates around 3 700 million m3 of waste water annually. This waste water contains organic molecules and other potentially harmful particles that could pollute the environment.

Study: Endocrine disruptors – An overview of latest developments at European level in the context of plant protection products

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Comitology Meeting: PAFF Committee, section Novel Food and Toxicological Safety (30 April 2019)

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Event: State-of-the-art of analytical methods for reliable detection of micro- and nanoplastics workshop (Ispra, Italy, 13 & 14 May 2019)

Microplastics (MPs) and possibly also nanoplastics (NPs) are widely diffused throughout the environment and concerns are growing that they may present a potential risk to the environment and human health via contamination of water, food, and air.  This workshop aims to provide horizontal support to EU policies by promoting the development and harmonisation of analytical methods for the measurement of micro- and nanoplastics, which could be used in different legal frameworks.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Debate on endocrine disruptors (18 April 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Presence of Bisphenol A in paper and cardboard food containers

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (27 & 29 March 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Expert group on waste (packaging) (7 December 2018)

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Judgment of the General Court: ClientEarth v European Commission on REACH – Request for internal review of a decision on marketing authorisation rejected as unfounded (DEHP)

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Update – At a Glance: Transparency of EU risk assessment in food chain

Following controversies surrounding the authorisation and renewal of certain sensitive products, such as active substances in plant protection products (glyphosate, neonicotinoids) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the European Commission proposed to revise the transparency rules in these policy areas. The European Parliament is expected to vote during its December plenary session on the report of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, and on a mandate to start interinstitutional negotiations.

Event: 4th Circular Change conference (Maribor, Slovenia, 16 & 17 May 2019)

The international Circular Change Conference provides participants, speakers and sponsors with an opportunity to connect, become engaged, inspired, and up-to-date with the latest developments in the global push towards circularity. The ambition of the 4th Circular Change Conference is to move towards “less talk, more action”.

Written answer to a Question: Common criteria and definition of waste and end-of-life plastic materials (high density polyethylene/polypropylene) in the plastic industry

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