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: 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: 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.

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

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues – Desertification (5 June 2019)

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Press Release: EU celebrates best projects for nature, environment and climate action

During EU Green Week – Europe’s biggest environmental event – the LIFE programme announced the winners of the 2018 LIFE Awards. The three winners come from Italy (Nature category), Spain (Environment category), and Greece (Climate Action category).

Written Answer to a Question: Environmental status of Natura 2000 sites ITA050001, ITA050012 and ITA050011 on the Piana di Gela

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European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 33/2018 entitled “Combating desertification in the EU: a growing threat in need of more action”

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council – Development (16 May 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – A Clean Planet For All (14 May 2019)

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Merger Case: M.8971 INA / PPD / PETROKEMIJA

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Written Answer to a Question: Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) — animal feed with a high indirect risk of land-use change

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of legislation related to the environment

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (15 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Clean Planet for all: A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy – agricultural aspects

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of legislation related to the environment

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Agenda: Coordination Working Party (FAO) (6-7 June 2019)

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Event: European workshop – Atlantic biogeographical chalk grasslands (Rouen, France, 18 – 20 September 2019)

The Normandy Seine Conservatory of Natural Spaces, in partnership with DREAL Normandy and the European Union, are organizing a workshop on Atlantic biogeographical chalk grasslands from the 18th to the 20th of September 2019 in Rouen, France.

The aim of this event is to bring together European scientists, Natura 2000 organizers, scientific and technical partners, and exchange of views.

Event: The third Boreal biogeographical seminar (Tallinn, 14-16 October 2019)

The Third N2000 Seminar for the Boreal Region will take place from 14-16 October 2019. It will be hosted by the Estonian Government in Tallinn, Estonia. This biogeographical region involves five EU Member States: Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It is a vast area, larger than the Atlantic Biogeographical Region, and relatively rich in biodiversity.

Press Release: Nature’s Dangerous Decline – extinction rates set to accelerate

A global social and ecological emergency has been declared at today’s launch of the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the first global biodiversity assessment since 2005.

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