Miriam DALLI

Miriam Dalli - until April 2017

Malta
S&D, ENVI/ITRE Committees

Priorities:

  • Support the principles of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) with a view to realising a genuine circular economy in Europe
  • Promote the move to economically viable and efficient processing systems that have less environmental impact and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Achieve economic growth and help maintaining Europe’s competitiveness by ensuring sustainable supplies of raw materials, industrial products and energy and explore options to reduce energy dependency
  • Assist in the transition to a resource-efficient society and to a circular economy (collection of recyclable materials, recycling, reusing of materials, and support for design for recycling, and rethinking processes including waste reduction)
  • Define ambitious recycling targets using life-cycle assessment methodologies
  • Address the issue of food waste and food wastage
  • Follow-up of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) for executing the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials
  • Follow up the review of Waste Policy and Legislation
  • Follow the forthcoming legislation on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas
  • Follow-up on the Sustainability reporting proposal for a Directive on disclosure of non-financial information by large companies
  • Address the environmental footprint of products (Product Environmental Footprint pilot project)

 

“What is the main goal you would like to achieve as Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development?”

After the economic crisis in the EU – which somehow put environment issues on the backburner – we now have the environment back high on the agenda, therefore, the opportunity is here to work hard to make sure that Europe retains its global leadership. Given the global scenario and the climate context, constructing a new, sustainable energy model for Europe is one of the major challenges of policy-makers of our time. Europe needs an energy model, which will meet our climate change targets, our environmental objectives, and which will guarantee secure and affordable energy for all of our citizens. My vision for Europe is to have: an energy union that sets sustainable, resource efficient and climate resilient economic growth as a top priority; that fosters competitiveness of our industries and economies; and that is based on the long-term socio-economic and environmental benefits of greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

“If you had to choose one specific issue that you think needs to be primarily tackled during this parliamentary term, what would it be? And why?”

In my parliamentary work in the ENVI and ITRE committees I feel responsible for a wide range of policy areas including air and water pollution, waste management, or the protection of biodiversity, to name a few. I am dedicated to promoting a resource-efficient and sustainable Europe and supporting the fight against climate change. But I need to point out one extremely important thing, namely that of financing. The co-financing mechanisms of European programmes and funds are entirely essential for addressing the investments required in all the above mentioned areas. Therefore, I would call for radically increasing the current public funding available under different EU programmes, plus injecting additional fresh money and encouraging substantial investments from the private sector, too.