Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2293 of 3 August 2017 on the conditions for classification, without testing, of cross laminated timber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 16351 and laminated veneer lumber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 14374 with regard to their reaction to fire

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Press release: Extracting and recycling vital metals to tackle supply risk

Rare earths account for almost a third of the weight of magnets in electric vehicle motors. While this is thought to be their single largest use, they are also needed for camera and telescope lenses, catalytic converters, aircraft engines, welding and glassmaking visors, X-ray and MRI scanners, televisions and computer screens. Full article…

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (13 & 15 December 2017)

Agenda items concern energy & climate and environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11-12 December 2017)

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Press Release: EIB supports key technological investments in Polish copper industry

A more efficient copper industry in Poland and Europe, with state-of-the-art technologies and reduced environmental impact  – this is the aim of a modernization plan undertaken by KGHM Polska Miedz (KGHM), a Polish blue-chip company and the sixth largest world copper producer, which the European Investment Bank (EIB) is spearheading with a PLN 900m loan (ca. EUR 212m).

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UPDATED – Environment Council (19 December 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part

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Press release: EIT RawMaterials – new innovation projects for DMT

The German engineering and consulting firm, DMT, continues to lead the way in innovation in the raw materials sector and receives funding from EIT RawMaterials. In the coming years, DMT will engage in several projects to develop innovative technologies and services for the European natural resources sector together with international partners. Full article…

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2119 of 22 November 2017 establishing the ‘Prodcom list’ of industrial products provided for by Council Regulation (EEC) No 3924/91

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Final Report: Follow-up of the preparatory study for Ecodesign and Energy Label for household washing machines and household washer dryers

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2017 Industrial pollution country profiles (EEA)

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Stakeholder Event: 18th International Automobile Recycling Congress IARC 2018 (Vienna, 14-16 March 2018)

Delegates from industry, authorities and academia will discuss and present news and challenges of the manufacturing and end-of-life vehicle (ELV) business. The congress will bring together the various links in the ELV recycling chain such as car manufacturers, metal and plastic scrap traders, recyclers, shredder operators and policy-makers from all over the world.

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of 16.11.2017 on the increase of the percentage of the budgetary resources allocated to projects supported by way of action grants under the sub- programme for Environment dedicated to projects supporting the conservation of nature and biodiversity (LIFE)

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UPDATED – ‘I/A’ Item Note: Proposal for a Council Decision amending Decision 2008/376/EC on the adoption of the Research Programme of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel and on the multiannual technical guidelines for this programme

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Agenda: Joint Research/Atomic Questions Working Party meeting (11 December 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI/ENVI/ITRE Committee – Public Hearing on the EU Forest Strategy (4 December 2017)

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Council Decision amending Decision 2003/76/EC establishing the measures necessary for the implementation of the Protocol, annexed to the Treaty establishing the European Community, on the financial consequences of the expiry of the ECSC Treaty and on the Research Fund for Coal and Steel

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UPDATED – 1st AHWG meeting EU Green Public Procurement criteria Public Space Maintenance (Sevilla, 15 November 2017)

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Written Answer to a Question: Zinc market situation

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EU-Canada relations: joint statement of the 1st meeting of the joint ministerial committee

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Press Release: Commissioner Vella at UN Environment Assembly “Towards a Pollution-free Planet” in Kenya, 4-5 December

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will lead the EU Delegation at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). It will focus on the fight against pollution, and take place at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters in Nairobi from 4 – 6 December, bringing together environment ministers, civil society and business from UN Member States. Full article…

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (4 & 8 December 2017)

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Event: Conference on “Municipal waste management and waste prevention” (Brussels, 21 November 2017)

On 21 November 2017, the European Commission organized together with the Committee of Regions a conference on “Municipal waste management and waste prevention” in Brussels. The conference was targeted at European municipalities and regions from Member States that have not met the 50% recycling target (which is to be met by 2020) yet and are seeking to improve their performance. The focus of the conference was on practical aspects of municipal waste management, showing how leading municipalities and regions have achieved excellent results. The conference is part of the Commission’s initiatives to promote compliance with the waste acquis across the European Union.

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