Press Release: European GNSS and Earth Observation: A promising convergence for sustainable development

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) discusses how using European GNSS (i.e., Galileo and EGNOS) with Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation programme, can help the world meet its Sustainable Development Goals as set out by the United Nations.

Event: Workshop on MSP in Small Sea Spaces (Portorož, Slovenia, 15-16 March 2018)

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission is organising a two-day workshop on 15-16 March 2018 in Portorož, Slovenia. Participants will discuss how to apply maritime spatial planning (MSP) in small sea spaces. Specific challenges emerge in small sea areas, whether they fall under national competence or they are part of a multi-scale, nested approach. Both cases present real challenges: high concentration of uses, intense land-sea interactions, limited availability of free space and the need for transboundary cooperation (among countries and among regions within a country).

Press release: Mapping Kenya’s birds with mobile technology

There are over a thousand species of birds found in Kenya and understanding species distribution is key to facilitating their conservation. Since the last Kenyan bird distribution map was made, almost thirty years ago, many invasive bird species have upset the natural balance, certain native species have dwindled in numbers, and concerns have grown over the effect of climate change.

Written Answer to a Question: Pollution by heavy industry in the Bay of Algeciras within the area administered by the Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras (APBA)

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions SEDEC Commission Meeting (21 February 2018)

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Call addressed to individuals for the establishment of a database of prospective independent experts to assist Commission services with tasks in connection with Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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Agenda: Shipping Working Party (1 February 2018)

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Press Release: Smart Specialisation – Sixty European regions get ready to develop joint energy projects

Sixty EU regions which have set energy as a priority in their Smart Specialisation Strategies will now move to the practical phase – implementing pilot activities and defining business and funding plans.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Mr Neno Dimov, Minister of Environment and Water, Bulgarian Presidency (24 January 2017)

A summary of the exchange of views is available with a focus on environment and climate change issues.

Letter and Reply: MEP Cecilia Wikstrom regarding Petition 1073/2016 on the inclusion of the topic of Japan’s alleged violations of the International Whaling Moratorium in the current free trade negotiations between the EU and Japan

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Merger Case: M.8751 Bell / Hügli

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Stakeholder Press Release: Improved Port Reception Facilities welcomed by European Shipowners

European shipowners welcome the Plastic Strategy adopted by the European Commission last week. The coherent and impressively first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastic forming part of the transition towards a more circular economy also included the long awaited revision of the Ports Reception Facilities Directive. The new proposal aims to achieve a higher level of protection of the marine environment and introduces measures to prevent marine litter. It aims to ensure there are adequate port reception facilities available, require an advance waste notification from ships and transparency of the waste delivery fee charging structures. The majority of marine litter originates from land-based activities but shipping has an important role to play in controlling the ship-generated waste.

Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE and other regional issues) (29 January 2018)

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Agenda: Shipping Working Party (24 January 2018)

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Press Release: Emerging pollutants – a growing concern for our oceans

The majority of chemicals on a combined list of more than 2700 potential marine contaminants are what’s known as ’emerging pollutants’: substances that have the potential to enter the environment and cause adverse ecological and human health effects, but are still largely unregulated and whose fate and potential effects are poorly understood.

Agenda: Committee of the Regions Plenary Session (31 January – 1 February 2018)

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Briefing: Outermost regions of the EU: A stronger and renewed partnership

The EU’s outermost regions qualify for special treatment owing to structural difficulties, such as remoteness, difficult topography or economic dependence on a few products, which can severely hamper their development. Specific support mechanisms exist under cohesion, agricultural and fisheries policies, with the Commission outlining measures aimed at assisting outermost regions in its communications published in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Nevertheless, with the outermost regions continuing to face numerous challenges in areas such as mobility, unemployment and climate change, discussions were launched on the formulation of a new strategy, which was published in October 2017.

Event: NAT Stakeholders Consultation: The EMFF beyond 2020 (Brussels, 23 January 2018)

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 January 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary Debate – Decision on the Strategy on Plastics (debate) (17 January 2018)

A summary of the debate with a focus on the Commission and representatives of the political groups is now available.

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