Event: Informal Workshop on Global Environmental Issues (Helsinki, 12 September 2019)

The workshop will deal with the implementation of decisions from the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) and prepare the annual subcommittee meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives under the UN Environment Programme. The overall theme at UNEA-4, held in March 2019, was ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’. The workshop will adopt a number of resolutions in line with Finland’s national priorities and related to the circular economy and plastics waste in the sea, for instance.  In addition, the Helsinki workshop will work towards promoting the recommendations concerning the Global Pact for the Environment initiative within the UN.

Merger Case: M.9328 PLATINUM EQUITY GROUP / MULTI-COLOR CORPORATION

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Commission Staff Working Document: Marine Strategy Framework Directive – assessment of programmes of measures for Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9335 TRITON / LUXINVA / IFCO SYSTEMS

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

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UPDATED – Press Release: Council adopts ban on single-use plastics

Updated: The voting results are now available.

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.

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: In depth: Biggest-ever European Maritime Day offers an exciting world of discovery

With 1500 registered participants, EMD 2019 has broken all previous records, including for the biggest ever exhibition, with 105 exhibitors. Walking around offers a glimpse into the exciting opportunities our seas offer – and that plenty of businesses are starting to grasp.

Press Release: World Circular Economy Forum 2019: renewing the economy, as we know it

On 3-5 June 2019, the third edition of the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) will take place in Helsinki, Finland.

Over two thousand circular economy thinkers, strategists and experts will gather to discuss how to scale up the transition to the next era of the circular economy.

Event: Save the Date – EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 (Zaragoza, Spain, 12 December 2019)

The Conference aims to raise awareness about the need and urgency to improve water management across the European Union towards a water-smart society, take stock of key European Commission’s findings based on the 2019 Fitness Check of EU Water Law and promote exchange of best practices and innovative approaches at technical, governance and policy levels.

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.

Stakeholder Press Release: Drastic drop in exports outside EU & performance downgrade of recycling in EU to be expected from new trade rules for plastic waste

Plastic waste shipments that are today destined for intra-EU trade will be affected by the significant new hurdles caused by the new rules, since collection, sorting and recycling often take place in different Member States.

UPDATED – Report: Evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/768 of 8 May 2019 amending Article 3 of the Statutes of the Integrated Structural Biology European Research Infrastructure Consortium (Instruct-ERIC), by reason of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union (notified under document C(2019) 3354)

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Press Release: Jellyfish: out of the ocean and on to the menu

Sun, sea, sand and… jellyfish. Beach holidays have become a risky pursuit as jellyfish populations have exploded in warming seas worldwide in recent years. But thanks to EU-funded researchers, these gelatinous blobs could become a valuable resource – as food, ingredients in medicine and cosmetics, and even as a means to counter pollution.

Press Release: Transition to fossil free industries – technology pathways and policies

Innovative technology pathways and decarbonisation roadmaps for the energy intensive industries are key elements of a future long-term EU strategy outlined in the European Commission’s communication “A clean planet for all”. The extremely energy-intensive businesses like steel, plastics and paper production, need to overcome traditional boundaries and establish cross-sectoral solutions driven by new interconnections.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (15 May 2019)

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