Ensuring a non-toxic circular economy

On Tuesday 5th of May, policy-makers and stakeholders were brought together by the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Swedish Ministry of Environment and Energy, to discuss the importance of ensuring a non-toxic …

Green Infrastructure: A European Success Story

Green Infrastructure enables nature to deliver a range of benefits to ecosystems and people, including for health and quality of life. They are key to driving jobs and growth while tackling our environmental challenges head on. Many success cases demonstrate the value of investing in Green Infrastructure. That is why …

Circular Economy and Packaging: The role of EPR

The packaged goods supply chain has already made significant progress towards a Circular Economy, though there is potential to unlock further growth, investment and innovation with a harmonised and clear EU legislative framework. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes to recycle and recover used packaging are established in most Member States. …

Access to Water: A public good and a human right

The Water Framework Directive states that ‘water is not a commercial product like any other but, rather, a heritage which must be protected, defended and treated as such’. Water and sanitation are a human right that depends on the availability of an essential and scarce resource. Access to water is …

Towards sustainable management and trade possibilities of seal products

Following the decision by the WTO Appellate Body the EU must now change its seal trade regime and comply with the decision at the latest by 18 October 2015. In February 2015 the European Commission has presented a proposal to ban trade in products from seals taken in EU waters. …

EP Intergroup Newsletter January 2015: Editorial

Dear readers, We wish you a very happy and successful New Year! In December the European Parliament officialised the establishment of 28 Intergroups for the mandate 2014-2019. The Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” got officially re-established for the 5th consecutive parliamentary term since its creation in 1994. …

Intergroup’s Launch Cocktail Reception – Report

On the 15th of October 2014, MEP Pavel Poc, new appointed Chair of the Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”, hosted a cocktail reception in the European Parliament in Brussels to present the new mission and structure of the Intergroup for the mandate 2014-2019. This was also the …

EP Intergroup Newsletter November 2014: Editorial

Dear readers, On 26 November 2014 during the plenary session of the Parliament in Strasbourg a vote will take place in each political group on their final priority list for the establishment of Intergroups for the mandate 2014-2019. This time again, the list of intergroups competing for official recognition from …

EP Intergroup Newsletter September 2014: Editorial

Dear readers, After the summer break, activities in the European Parliament are now being resumed and the months taking us up to the end of the year look dense. The first Parliamentary Committee meetings will be taking place during the first week of September. The list of names and portfolios …

Invasions in Europe

Pavel Poc MEP, Czech Republic, S&D, Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety During my whole career, not only the political one, I´ve been fighting invasions of any sort, however mainly the invasions of alien species, particularly the heracleum mantegazzianum. Paradoxically enough, although being a …