Press Release: FAQ: phthalates in plastic food contact materials

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 & 22 November 2019)

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Press Release: Food packaging: a practical guide to environmental footprint labelling

Food packaging waste is currently under scrutiny. In the context of its Circular Economy Action Plan1 , the EU is addressing this through, among others, its Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) initiative2 , which aims to enhance the reliability of environmental claims — both in a business-to-consumer and in a business-to-business context. The initiative aims, therefore, to boost the market of green and circular products. However, a review of the methods available for assessing the environmental sustainability of packaging now highlights the difficulty of clearly characterising packaging’s environmental impact. The study suggests a new, fully quantifiable framework that could help to standardise assessment methods and bring ‘environmental footprint labelling’ to fruition.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the responsibilities and activities of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – the European Environment Agency (EEA) (7 November 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: PAFF Committee – section Novel Food and Toxicological Safety (18 November 2019)

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Stakeholder Press Release: The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) Announces Increased Recycling Rate for Beverage Cartons in the European Union

ACE is pleased to announce that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28 rose to 49% in 2018. This is a small (1%), but steady increase in the EU beverage carton recycling rate from the previous year.

Event: First Annual Forum on Endocrine Disruptors (Brussels, 8 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – AOB – Food safety (14 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (25 & 26 September 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1715 of 30 September 2019 laying down rules for the functioning of the information management system for official controls and its system components (the IMSOC Regulation)

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9491 ARDAGH GROUP / OTPP-ELEMENT / JV

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Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – Section: “Novel Food and Toxicological safety of the food chain” (26 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with the Commission on the findings of the Fitness Check of the most relevant chemicals legislation (excluding REACH) and identified challenges, gaps and weaknesses (4 September 2019)

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Event: Circular Plastics Alliance High-level Event (Brussels, 20 September 2019)

The Commission announced the launch of the Circular Plastics Alliance on 11 December 2018 with the support of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.

The Alliance’s aim is to boost plastics recycling in the EU. The Alliance gathers key actors of the plastics value chains. The Alliance will take voluntary action to reach the target that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics find their way into products in 2025. In 2016, less than 4 million tonnes of recycled plastics were used in products in the EU.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9238 INEOS / ASHLAND GLOBAL (COMPOSITES BUSINESS AND BUTANEDIOL MANUFACTURING FACILITY)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1338 of 8 August 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: 15th meeting of the IED Article 75 Committee (17 June 2019)

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UPDATE – Agenda: Economic And Financial Affairs Council (9 July 2019)

Update – the minutes of the meeting are available.

Agenda items include a debate on the state of play on own resources, an exchange of views on the presentation of the Presidency Work Programme, adoption of the Council Recommendation on the appointment of the President of the European Central Bank, adoption of the Country-Specific Recommendations for the European Semester, and information from the Netherlands delegation on aviation taxation and carbon pricing.

UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (21 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (18 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – Section: “Novel Food and Toxicological safety of the food chain” (27 June 2019)

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