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.

Declassification: Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the Commission, on behalf of the European Community, to open negotiations for a legally binding instrument on civil liability for transboundary damage caused by hazardous activities within the scope of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.

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Comitology Meeting: INSC Committee (22 May 2019)

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Draft Council Conclusion on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the International Maritime Organization during the 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee and the 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee

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Written Answer to a Question: Use of the European Regional Development Fund to tackle fires

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Press Release: RPAS maritime surveillance services now underway in Iceland

A medium altitude long endurance RPAS drone is being used by the Icelandic maritime authorities to enhance the maritime picture over its Exclusive Economic Zone, the service follows a request made by the Icelandic coast guard to EMSA and is expected to run until mid-July. The RPAS chosen will be integrated into the existing surveillance mechanisms and procedures covering coast guard functions in the areas of maritime safety and security, search and rescue, environmental protection, law enforcement and fisheries control.

Press Release: European Maritime Day in Lisbon 16-17 May 2019: Registration closing on 10 May!

Just a few days left to register for European Maritime Day (EMD) in Lisbon. Registration will close on 10 May 2019 (17.00 Brussels time)! This year EMD focuses on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment and offers an intense programme tackling all about blue economy. Starting with an inspirational opening session, the conference offers 8 breakout sessions organised by the European Commission focusing on a number of strategic EU policy initiatives to support Europe’s sustainable blue economy.

Written Answer to a Question: Compensation for farmers and creation of a Cyprus-based European mechanism to provide assistance to Member States in addressing the consequences of natural disasters

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Written Answer to Question: Putting an economic value on the environment

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UPDATED – Agenda: Strategic Coordination Group for the Water Framework and Floods Directives (21 February 2019)

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Mission Report: EP PETI Committee following the inspection visit carried out at the Doñana National Park in Spain from 19-21 September 2018

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Question for Written Answer: European Solidarity Fund assistance for the storm Vaia

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Written Answer to a Question: Cross-border involvement of local residents when nuclear waste disposal facilities are being constructed

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Press Release: EIB to help protect 1,400km roads in rural Lao PDR from climate change

Earlier today Mr. Luca Lazzaroli, Director General of the European Investment Bank, formally agreed new support to improve 1,400km of currently unpaved roads in six provinces. This will enable parts of the national road network most vulnerable to a changing climate to be paved, elevated and stabilised.

Press Release: Tracking polar changes as the Earth heats up

Shifts in globalisation, new transport routes, demography and use of natural resources will all play a role in the changing landscape of the Earth’s polar regions amid global warming. An EU-funded project seeks to track their impact to help inform EU policy.

Agenda: 7th Meeting of the Commission Seveso Expert Group (Sibiu, Romania, 14 May 2019)

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Fourth NEAFC Working Group on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (London, 24-25 April 2019)

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Agenda: 25th Working Group Floods meeting (27 – 28 March 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Emergency aid for Mozambique and other countries affected by Cyclone Idai

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (5 March 2019)

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Written Answer to a Question: Marine pollution in the North Sea

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