Meeting of the Commission Expert Group on the Implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) (main group) (5 December 2019)

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (21 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – EU forest strategy post-2020 (14 October 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

UPDATED – Tripartite Social Summit (16 October 2019)

Update: the background brief has been made available.

The main theme of the autumn social summit is “Progressing on the social and economic dimensions for a competitive, fair and sustainable Europe”.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (16 October 2019)

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Press Release: Hohlmeier – fighting climate change is the priority for the EU’s 2020 budget

The EU’s budget for 2020 should include more climate action funding and higher investment in sustainable technologies, according to Monika Hohlmeier, Parliament’s budget negotiator.

Event: Smarter waste regulation and pollution crime enforcement (Brussels, 12 November 2019)

The event will gather environmental regulators, law enforcement agencies, policymakers, legislators, industry representatives and other key stakeholders, creating opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration on a truly global basis. Final conference of the LIFE SMART waste project, combined with a meeting of the INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group (PCWG).

Event: 1st International Environmental Sustainability Congress (Madrid, 31 October 2019)

The 1st International Environmental Sustainability Congress will take place in Madrid on October 31st, 2019. The congress will address issues concerning public management and private initiatives from enterprises and social organizations with a major impact on citizens’ lives.

Map of the week – Beach Litter – Cigarettes

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter make their way to our beaches, seas and ocean. It is estimated that 80% of this litter comes from land-based sources like beach littering, land-fills and street litter carried to the sea by untreated municipal sewage, rivers and flood water. It is thus no surprise that the top three litter items found on our beaches are drink bottles and caps, cigarette butts and cotton bud sticks. The map of the week shows the average number of cigarette related litter items along 100 metre segments of the European beaches.

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Third meeting of the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste beyond 2020 (Bangkok, Thailand, 1-4 October 2019)

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Study on EU implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the area of access to justice in environmental matters

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Press Release: EIT RawMaterials supported start-up works on full plastic traceability

The Start-ups Circularise, DOMO and Covestro have announced a new collaborative project for circularity in the plastics industry through the use of blockchain technology. The newly formed Circularise PLASTICS project group aims to set up an open standard for sustainability and transparency within this field. EIT RawMaterials supported Circularise protocol enables trusted data exchange in fragmented supply chains without public disclosure of datasets or supply chain partners. Unlike other blockchain transparency solutions, Circularise’s technology called ‘smart questioning’ protects a company’s privacy and sensitive information.

Comitology Meeting: Committee for the adaptation to scientific and technical progress and implementation of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (8 October 2019)

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UPDATED-Comitology Meeting: Meeting of the Committee on Waste established under Article 39 of Directive 2008/98/EC – Landfill (11 September 2019)

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Reply to National Parliament: Senato della Repubblica (IT) – COM(2019) 176 final

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Report on European Union implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the area of access to justice in environmental matters

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Debates, Vote Results and Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (9-10 October 2019)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary Session – Greening the European Investment Bank – joint debate (9 October 2019)

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Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia on Forests, Sustainable Forest Management and Adaptation to Climate Change

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President-designate for the European Green Deal (8 October 2019)

The summary of the hearing is now available.

Press Release: New challenges facing Europe’s waste water treatment plants present opportunities for improving sustainability

More investment is needed to make urban waste water treatment plants fit to meet the difficult challenges posed by the impacts of climate change, as well as the presence of antibiotics and other micro-pollutants in waste water, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today.

Press Release: Mussel study determines risk posed by rare earth metals to marine environments

Rare earth elements (REEs) are used increasingly often in innovative technologies, causing these elements to enter the natural environment. They can be sourced via deep-sea mining, raising concerns about marine exposure to mining processes and waste products. This study examined how two REEs, lanthanum and yttrium, affected and stressed marine ecosystems, using young marine mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) as indicators of water quality. The researchers determine a parameter known as the ‘predicted no effect concentration’ (PNEC) for La and Y — the maximum environmental level of each of the two elements at which no effect is seen on the most sensitive organisms and which is, therefore, deemed safe for the environment.

Report: Review in the light of scientific and technical progress of exemptions 8(e), 8(f)(b), 8(g) and 14 and re-evaluation of entry 8(j) of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC (ELV) (Pack 3)

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