Press Releases: EP Political Groups Reactions to COVID-19

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Question for Written Answer: Research on ‘solid’ water

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/451 of 26 March 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Council and Commission statements – European coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak

A summary of the meeting is now available.

EU Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world

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Press Release: Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU’s agri-food sector

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food. Nonetheless, farmers and producers are facing difficulties and increasing pressure. Ensuring food security and an effective food supply chain across the continent remains one of the Commission’s priorities.

Press Release: Outcome of the meeting of EU Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers on solving COVID-19 impact on agriculture and fisheries sectors

The Croatian Presidency organized a videoconference of EU ministers responsible for agriculture and fisheries with the participation of EU Commissioners Janusz Wojciechowski and Virginijus Sinkevičius, to discuss measures already taken, as well as those planned at the national and European level in order to counteract the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture and fisheries sector.

Press Release: If the energy sector is to tackle climate change, it must also think about water

The energy sector is a key contributor to climate change, accounting for more than two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is also directly impacted by climate change, with many of the impacts manifesting themselves through water—a fact highlighted by this year’s World Water Day.

Event: Dresden Nexus Conference 2020: Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society (Dresden, Germany, 3-5 June 2020)

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Press Release: World Water Day – Water is Life

Includes a joint statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.

World Water Day 2020 is about water and climate change… and human beings. Especially in these difficult times when the whole humanity is tackling the outbreak of Coronavirus, we realise the priceless value of the right to health and to other social and economic rights. We cannot have health without clean water. These are basic human rights, essential to survive, not only for humans but also for the whole planet Earth.

Eurostat: Water abstraction for public supply varies greatly

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POSTPONED – Event: Third international awareness session on science and regulation for animal health and welfare, public health and the environment (Amsterdam, 2-3 April 2020)

Update – this event has been postponed.

This two-day international awareness session gives an insight into:

  • the European regulatory system for veterinary medicines;
  • the role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European medicines regulatory network;
  • specific aspects of the new Veterinary Medicines Regulation.

It will discuss veterinary topics such as antimicrobial resistance, support for innovation and collaboration with academia.

Parallel sessions will discuss more specific topics, such as animal welfare, food safety and security, veterinary medicines and the environment and animals and society.

UPDATED – ‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum requirements for water reuse (first reading)

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UPDATED – Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum requirements for water reuse

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 March 2020)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/397 of 12 March 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU concerning animal health control measures relating to African swine fever in certain Member States

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Event: IFAT (Munich, 7-11 September 2020)

Are you looking for solutions to the future’s challenges? The world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies provides the answers. Being the largest platform for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, IFAT gathers the industry from all over the world—its innovative offers set benchmarks for the future.

Press Release: The EU Water Operators’ Partnerships Programme

The world is facing a huge water and sanitation challenge. Currently, 2.1 billion people lack access to clean water, and 4.5 billion lack sanitation systems that protect them from disease. Meanwhile, water quality is declining and freshwater ecosystems are being degraded, threatening the continued availability of water for basic services.

UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed – Section: “Animal health and animal welfare”

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Report: Positive cascading effect of restoring forests

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/368 of 3 March 2020 approving the plan for the eradication of African swine fever in feral pigs in certain areas of Slovakia (notified under document C(2020) 1157)

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Press Release: Rift Valley Fever – Risk low but EU must remain vigilant

The European Union is not at imminent risk from Rift Valley fever, but developments in neighbouring countries mean that the EU authorities and Member States should strengthen, improve and harmonise their surveillance and response capability as well as their scientific and technical expertise to be better prepared for introduction of the disease.

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/352 of 3 March 2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards the entry for Ukraine in the list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which certain poultry commodities may be imported into and transit through the Union in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza

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