Press release: Sticky tape and simulations help assess microplastic risk

Tiny pieces of plastic, now ubiquitous in the marine environment, have long been a cause of concern for their ability to absorb toxic substances and potentially penetrate the food chain. Now scientists are beginning to understand the level of threat posed to life, by gauging the extent of marine accumulation and tracking the movement of these contaminants.

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (23 & 25 April 2018)

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 April 2018)

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (25-26 April 2018)

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Press release: Global body adopts new measures to stop the spread of plant pests

18 April 2018, Rome – The body charged with keeping global trade in plants and plant products safe has adopted several new phytosanitary standards aimed at preventing destructive agricultural and environmental pests from jumping borders and spreading internationally.

Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – section “Plant Health” (26-27 April 2018)

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Event: Circular Economy Mission to India (4-7 September 2018)

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Comitology Meeting: Committee for implementation of the directive on packaging and packaging waste (14 May 2018)

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Agenda: Expert Group on Waste (14 May 2018)

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Amendments: EP ENVI Committee on amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste

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Amendments to the Commission Proposal: EP ENVI Committee on the landfill of waste

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Amendments to the Commission Proposal: EP ENVI Committee on packaging and packaging waste

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Stakeholder: UTPs: new proposal step forward – promoting fairness still a challenge

(Brussels, 12th April 2018) Today, the European Commission has published a proposal for a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain and the members of the signatory organisations welcome this move. Such a proposal for a Directive has the potential to create a minimum harmonisation at EU level without endangering well-functioning existing systems already in place in some Member States.

Comitology Committee: Committee for implementation of the directive on packaging and packaging waste

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Official Journal (C Series): Publication of an application for approval of a minor amendment in accordance with the second subparagraph of Article 53(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs

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Amendments to the Report: EP ENVI Committee on the Implementation of the 7th Environment Action Programme

Amendments to the report tabled for plenary are available.

At a Glance: Circular economy: Four proposals on waste

As part of a shift towards a circular economy, the European Commission put forward four legislative proposals intended to improve waste management in the European Union in 2015. First-reading negotiations with the Council delivered a compromise, which now awaits a vote in Parliament during the April plenary session.

Press Release: Technology to tackle the plastic pollution threat to water ecosystems

Millions of tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans each year, posing a threat to marine ecosystems and contaminating the food chain with toxic compounds. EU-funded researchers are deploying cutting-edge technologies to prevent and mitigate this growing environmental hazard.

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