Press Release: High-level conference – more than 1000 people gather in EP to support strong EU ocean policy

On 19 March, more than 1000 people gathered in Brussels for this year’s largest EU event on oceans. Organised by MEP Gesine Meissner and European Commissioner Karmenu Vella, the event hosted our continent’s most influential advocates for healthy, safe and sustainable oceans. And with a large delegation of students and youth organisations in the room, the conference was more than an interesting recap of today’s status quo. It was a plea for even more ambition, from policy makers, companies and civil society, to safeguard the most precious organism of our planet: our ocean.

Press Release: Hundreds of EU staff kick off beach clean season

On 24 March, hundreds of EU staff in Belgium have spent their lazy Sunday on the beach. “What’s new?” you might wonder. Well, they didn’t come for sunbathing, even if the weather was good for it. Nor for taking an early dip into the sea – though swimming in ice cold water is something of a national tradition here (“ijsberen”, or acting like an ice bear). Equipped with gloves, bags, litter picking sticks and a host of 12-starred paraphernalia, officials from the Commission and other institutions came to clean the beach, ahead of the tourist season.

Press Release: 630 environment and resources project proposals seek Horizon 2020 funding

The European Commission has received 630 proposals for projects in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials by the call deadline on 19 February 2019.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee on Standards (5 March 2019)

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Mission Reports: EP ENVI Committee

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Briefing: New EU rules on labelling of tyres

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would repeal and replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and reinforcing most of its key provisions. The proposed regulation seeks to increase consumer awareness of the tyre label and improve market surveillance and enforcement of TLR provisions across the EU Member States. It would oblige suppliers to display the tyre label in all forms of purchase, including where the tyre is not physically shown in the store and where it is sold online or on a long-distance basis.

Agenda: EP CONT Committee Meeting (21 March 2019)

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Press Release: Challenges for achieving clean air — lessons from ten cities across Europe

Implementing EU air quality legislation to protect human health and the environment from pollution can be demanding for countries and cities. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has worked together with a number of European cities to better understand policy implementation challenges. The EEA’s new report, published today, summarises key findings on the cities’ progress over the past five years and highlights on-going challenges for improving air quality at the local level.

UPDATED – Official Journal (L Series): Reference methods, data validation and location of sampling points for the assessment of ambient air quality

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of 13.3.2019 supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the deployment and operational use of cooperative intelligent transport systems

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Written Answer to a Question: Vehicle ban in the Balearics

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UPDATED – Motion for a Resolution: EP ENVI Committee on a Europe that protects: Clean air for all

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Written Answer to a Question: NO2-measuring in road traffic in accordance with Directive 2008/50/EC

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Question for Written Answer: Use of eco-labels in European cities

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Oral Questions to the Council and Commission: Recent developments on the Dieselgate scandal

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Opinion: EP JURI Committee on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles

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Event: Big data for evidence-based public policy: how four waterfront cities are using large datasets to learn how to better run urban administrations (Brussels, 2 April 2019)

Join us on 2nd of April at 10:00 in Brussels for the third “Big Data 4 Policy Making” session hosted by Dell EMC and EUROCITIES to learn about how four waterfront cities – Antwerp, Antalya, Thessaloniki and Cork County – are using large datasets to improve public policymaking.

The cities have teamed up with academic and technology partners in a Horizon 2020 research project that looks at integrating big data applications into how cities run political and administrative processes.

Press Release: Closing the loop: Commission delivers on Circular Economy Action Plan

All 54 actions under the plan launched in 2015 have now been delivered or are being implemented. This will contribute to boost Europe’s competitiveness, modernise its economy and industry to create jobs, protect the environment and generate sustainable growth.

The European Commission today published a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan it adopted in December 2015. The report presents the main results of implementing the action plan and sketches out open challenges to paving the way towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimised. The findings of the report will be discussed during the annual Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference taking place in Brussels on 6 and 7 March.

Report: Strategic Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Restoration

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Press Release: Infrastructure and innovation: EIB focal point in Poland

European Investment Bank (EIB) lending amounted to EUR 3.74bn and covered a wide range of sectors, from roads and railway to energy distribution, green transport, urban revitalisation, healthcare and education. The EIB signed its first direct loans with Polish universities (Warsaw and Poznań medical universities) and invested in a social and affordable housing scheme in Poznań.

Environmental protection policies to combat depopulation in rural areas and to improve quality of life

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