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Commission published study proposing 50 enforcement indicators for regulations on chemicals

21 May 2015

The enforcement of EU legislation plays an essential role in ensuring that the Internal Market for goods works effectively so as to create jobs and growth. This is a top priority for the current Commission. In this context, and following a recommendation of the REACH review published in 2013, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, […]...
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Europeans continue enjoying high-quality bathing waters

20 May 2015

Ninety-five per cent of the monitored bathing sites in the European Union met minimum standards for water quality in 2014. Water quality was excellent at 83 % of the sites, an increase of almost 1 percentage point compared to 2013. All the bathing sites in Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Malta had excellent water quality. These countries were […]...
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State of Nature: Largest ever assessment draws a mixed picture for Europe’s habitats and species

20 May 2015

The Commission has adopted a new report providing the most comprehensive picture yet on the ‘State of Nature in the EU’. The findings show that the majority of birds have a secure status, and some species and habitats are doing better. Targeted conservation actions have brought successes, but a much greater effort is required for […]...
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Public consultation as part of the ‘fitness check’ for EU nature legislation

18 May 2015

The European Commission lanuched a consultation to gather opinions on current EU nature conservation legislation (the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive) and its implementation to date, as part of the ‘fitness check’ that the European Commission is carrying out under its Regulatory Fitness and PerformanceProgramme (REFIT). The fitness check looks at whether the current regulatory framework is […]...
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Inconsistency in Cross-Border Regulations Challenge to Effective Control of Illegal Waste Trafficking Says UNEP Report

12 May 2015

Up to 90 per cent of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly US $19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Each year, the electronic industry – one of the world’s largest and fastest growing – generates up to 41 million tonnes […]...
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UNEP and European Commission Step Up Cooperation

07 May 2015

UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner was in Brussels, Monday, for a landmark political exchange with the European Commission (EC) to step up UNEP’s strategic partnership with the European Union. The EC and UNEP meet annually to address common challenges related to the global sustainability agenda, to strengthen the […]...
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