Press Release: PFAS public consultation: draft opinion explained

Polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a group of man-made chemicals that includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and many others. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the world since the 1940s. Certain PFAS such as PFOA and PFOS, PFNA and PFHxS, don’t break down in the environment or in the human body, and can accumulate over time. Exposure to PFAS may lead to adverse health effects. People can be exposed to PFAS in different ways, for example through food. Food can become contaminated through contaminated soil and water used to grow the food, through the concentration of these substances in animals via feed and water, through food packaging containing PFAS, or equipment that contained PFAS during food processing.

Open letter from MEPs to Vice-President Frans Timmermans on forests and biodiversity

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Publication: Soil related indicators to support agro-environmental policies

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Agenda: Working Party on Horizontal Agricultural Questions (CAP Reform) (5-6 March 2020)

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Press Release: Member states’ revised proposals for forest reference levels

Regulation (EU) 2018/841, adopted in May 2018, requires the Member States to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from land use, land use change and forestry are balanced by at least an equivalent accounted removal of CO2 from the atmosphere in the period from 2021 to 2030.

Event: European Forest Policy Post-2020 (Brussels, 18 March 2020)

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Draft Opinion: EP AGRI Committee on stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests

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Draft Opinion: EP ITRE Committee on stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP REGI Committee – Exchange of Views on the Proposal for a Regulation Establishing the Just Transition Fund (19 February 2020)

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Written Answer to a Question: Forest depletion

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Written Answer to a Question: Restricting or banning certain pyrotechnic articles in the EU

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of Views with Commissioner Kyriakides (18 February 2020)

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Roadmap: Sustainable food – ‘farm to fork’ strategy

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Update – Comitology Meeting: 78th Nitrates Committee (19 December 2019)

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Event: Stakeholder Consultation “The Future of EU Clean Air policy in the framework of the zero-pollution ambition” (Brussels, 2 March 2020)

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Agenda: Coordination Working Party (FAO) (25 February 2020)

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Event: PDAC 2020 (Toronto, 1-4 March 2020)

PDAC: The World’s Premier Mineral Exploration & Mining Convention is the leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. In addition to meeting over 1,100 exhibitors, 2,500 investors and 25,800 attendees from 132 countries, you can also attend technical sessions, short courses and networking events.

‘I’ Item Note: European Court of Auditors Special Report No 5/2020: ” Sustainable use of plant protection products: limited progress in measuring and reducing risks”

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Question for Oral Answer: EP AGRI on the Farm to Fork Strategy – the key role of farmers and rural areas

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Event: LIFE The Green Link final conference (Barcelona, 17 February 2020)

This conference will present the project’s main results, its ‘Cocoon’ ecotechnology and experiences of using Cocoons in different countries. Other initiatives and projects on environmental restoration and forest management will also be discussed.

The Cocoon is a low-cost, biodegradable device which improves water supply to seedlings during the first months, replacing traditional tree-planting techniques and irrigation methods.

Briefing: Desertification and agriculture

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Event: Raw Materials Summit 2020 (Berlin, 18-20 May 2020)

RM Summit 2020 will gather experts from Europe and the rest of the world to discuss Innovation and new Technologies covering the entire raw materials value chain. Most relevant topics in the raw materials sector will be addressed such as strategies concerning supply and access of raw materials, European industrial competitiveness and innovation capacity as well as entrepreneurship and innovation in education.

Data: Average annual change in soil sealing, 2006-2015

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