Sustainable soil management

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Draft Report: EU GPP Criteria for Public Space Maintenance

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals) (26 October 2017)

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Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’

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Minutes: 4th Meeting of the H2020 Commission expert group on the Review of the Bioeconomy strategy (4 May 2017)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Fertilisers Working Group (13-14 November 2017)

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 for a resilient Energy Union and to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement and on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change (Effort-Sharing)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework (LULUCF) (13 October 2017)

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Preparing Europe for climate change: coordination is key to reduce risks posed by extreme weather

Building stronger links between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction experts is more important than ever in wake of recent devastating and extreme weather events across Europe and elsewhere. Closer cooperation, including better policy alignment, will be crucial to reduce the impacts of weather- and climate-related hazards like floods, heatwaves, forest fires, or storm surges. Increasing coherence in actions and using innovative methods can improve the handling of these events, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) published today.

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Draft Recommendations: EP ITRE Committee on the conclusion of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Republic of Lebanon setting out the terms and conditions for the participation in PRIMA

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (13 October 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Mr Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness (11 October 2017)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — The EU Environmental Implementation Review: Common challenges and how to combine efforts to deliver better results’

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 for a resilient Energy Union and to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement and on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change (First reading)

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Vote Postponed: EP TRAN Committee – Vote on promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (12 October 2017)

After a request from Rapporteur Bas Eickhout the Committee voted to postpone the vote. A new date still has to be decided. They will endeavour to find a slot before the vote in the ENVI Committee (23rd October).

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (16 October 2017)

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Press Release: Improving air quality in European cities will bring major health benefits

Most people living in European cities are exposed to poor air quality. Latest estimates by the European Environment Agency (EEA), released today, show that fine particulate matter continues to cause the premature death of more than 400 000 Europeans annually. Road transport, agriculture, power plants, industry and households are the biggest emitters of air pollutants in Europe. Full article…

Position of the European Parliament: Adopted at first reading on 11 September 2013 with a view to the adoption of Directive 2013/…/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 98/70/EC relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources

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Outcome of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP 1) (Geneva, 24-29 September 2017)

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Agenda: EP CONT Committee Meeting (11-12 October 2017)

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Press Release: Sustainable food production discussed at the soil conference

“According to the Estonian Minister for Rural Affairs, Tarmo Tamm, agricultural soils are often degraded in an invisible way due to management practices, which are not suitable for the specific conditions. “This is why the sustainability of agricultural soils is of key importance to European agriculture. With the sustainable management of agricultural soils, we are ensuring high-quality food for ourselves and preserving our surrounding environment. We will bring the conclusions and suggestions from the conference to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in November,” Minister Tamm stressed.”

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First meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP 1) (Geneva, 24-29 September 2017)

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