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High level group advises the Commission on administrative burdens

16 Oct 2014

A High Level Group on Administrative Burdens (HLG) was set up in 2007 to advise the European Commission on the implementation of the Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens in the European Union. The group presented its final report “Cutting Red Tape in Europe – Legacy and Outlook” last Tuesday. Examples include recommendations concerning the facilitation of electronic invoicing and the [...]...
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Feasibility study on the establishment of an electronic data change for waste shipments published

16 Oct 2014

The Commission published its study to explore the feasibility of establishing an electronic data interchange (EDI) for waste shipment on its website. The study concluded that the establishment of an EDI is a technically feasible task. It also presented a number of architectural options and sub-options including rough fixed- and variable cost estimates, for both [...]...
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IMPEL E-newsletter #3 Out Now

10 Oct 2014

The third edition of the IMPEL e-newsletter is out. Besides information about the country visits as part of the IMPEL engagement programme, it contains items on the IMPEL projects on tackling diffuse pollution and nitrate loss from farms and farmsteads, end of waste and developing skills for landfill inspections.  Furhter the first ‘green’ IMPEL Review Initiative [...]...
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Application of EU Law: Environmental Law Again One of the Worst

09 Oct 2014

There has been a marked decrease in the number of on-going infringement cases in recent years whilst the number of cases resolved through in problem solving mechanisms such as EU Pilot has increased, according to the 31st Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law, just published by the European Commission. This reflects the [...]...
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Towards a circular economy: review of EU waste legislation” – CoR Stakeholder consultation

09 Oct 2014

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on “Towards a circular economy: review of EU waste legislation”. On 2 July 2014, the European Commission adopted a package of measures on the circular economy. Out of this package, this CoR Opinion is reacting firstly to the Communication from the Commission Towards a circular economy: [...]...
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Sharing knowledge to protect our marine environment

09 Oct 2014

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has set up the MSFD Competence Centre (MCC) to help EU countries achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of their marine waters by 2020, the main aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In achieving this aim, the MSFD seeks to protect the fragile balance of marine ecosystems, upon which many [...]...
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