Press Release: Collecting litter and data to combat plastic pollution

More and more communities around the world are working against marine litter and plastic pollution. A Danish initiative mobilises schoolchildren to collect plastic waste and research data that will become part of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) database on marine litter. Better data on plastic pollution helps inform policies and tackle the problem.

Event: Materials – Value chains for circular economy: metal, wood, plastic and concrete (Brussels, 29 October 2019)

The transition to a Circular Economy offers a unique opportunity to generate innovative, sustainable, resource-efficient and competitive advantages for European businesses and consumers. Circular Economy will help Europe reach its energy and climate targets, which have been agreed by the Member States and remain at the forefront of the green economy.

CEN and CENELEC Members, together with their industry partners, kindly invite you to a one-day stakeholder workshop to address the challenges linked to the circularity of material-use at every phase of the value chain, and to both discuss and identify specific standardization gaps for metal, wood, plastic and concrete circularity.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9491 ARDAGH GROUP / OTPP-ELEMENT / JV

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Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – Section: “Novel Food and Toxicological safety of the food chain” (26 September 2019)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – section “Propagating Material and Plants of Fruit Genera and Species” (11 September 2019)

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Draft standardisation request to CEN as regards plastic caps and lids of single-use plastic beverage containers with a capacity of up and including three litres for those to remain attached to the containers during the product’s intended use stage

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Draft Council conclusions on the updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: stenghtening the connection between economy, society and the environment”

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Merger Case: M.9558 TRITON / ALL4LABELS GROUP

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Commission Staff Working Document: Review of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the maritime domain: 2014 – 201

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Event: European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (Brussels, 30 September – 2 October 2019)

The EFIB 2019 programme covers the future of materials, food and feed, industrial processes in three major tracks on conference day 1 of the conference. On conference day 2 further topics include the usage of novel feedstocks such as CO2 or waste as a resource for bio-based processes. The dynamic political landscape from Brexit in UK to the growing innovation power of China will be discussed as well in an own track on global bioeconomies. A plenary session on Day 2 will also discuss the challenge of establishing a sustainable financing environment and of integrating industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy companies in financial categories which try to map sustainable businesses.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with the Commission on the findings of the Fitness Check of the most relevant chemicals legislation (excluding REACH) and identified challenges, gaps and weaknesses (4 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Karmenu Vella Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (4 September 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

Press Release: Meeting summary – 9th meeting for developing a SRIA for the Black Sea/ 8 MAY 2019, Bucharest

The “Sustainable Development at the Black Sea” (SUST-BLACK) took place in Bucharest on 8-9 May 2019 at the House of the Romanian Parliament (and an optional field trip in Danube-Delta on 10-11 May 2019).

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (4 & 6 September 2019)

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Event: Circular Plastics Alliance High-level Event (Brussels, 20 September 2019)

The Commission announced the launch of the Circular Plastics Alliance on 11 December 2018 with the support of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.

The Alliance’s aim is to boost plastics recycling in the EU. The Alliance gathers key actors of the plastics value chains. The Alliance will take voluntary action to reach the target that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics find their way into products in 2025. In 2016, less than 4 million tonnes of recycled plastics were used in products in the EU.

Update: Land recycling

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

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1338 of 8 August 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food

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