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European Climate Law

The Commission’s proposal for the first European Climate Law is the cornerstone of the European Green Deal and aims to write into law for the very first time the goal for Europe’s economy and society to become climate-neutral by 2050. The proposal, adopted on 4 March 2020, establishes an overall framework for achieving that objective. It updates the Union 2030 target to at least 55% net greenhouse gas emissions reduction, which is based on a detailed impact assessment published on 17 Sept 2020.

EU health programme

On 14 October 2020, ENVI adopted its report on EU4Health with 74 votes to 5 and 1 abstention. The report reinstates the funding of EUR 9.4 billion, as originally proposed by the Commission, to enhance health promotion and resilience of health systems across the EU. It proposes a stronger focus on disease prevention and on reducing health inequalities. The report also introduces a EU4Health Steering Group of independent health experts to ensure the effective implementation of the programme.

Air quality

Clean air is essential to human health and for sustaining a healthy environment, providing many economic and social benefits. The scientific evidence of harmful effects of air pollution is well established and robust, and points to a clear need for action. The ENVI Committee is currently working on an Implementation Report to assess if the Ambient Air Quality Directives (2008/50 and 2004/107), together with the wider EU Clean Air Policy Framework, are fit to purpose to address this challenge.

Hand open for drinking tap water

On 1 February 2018 the Commission proposed the recast of Council Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption (the ‘Drinking Water Directive’). The proposal aimed to update parameters set over 20 years ago, correct shortcomings and introduce access to water in response to the first ever European citizens’ initiative ‘Right2Water’.

Farm to Fork

A key component of the European Green Deal is the Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system, published by the Commission on 20 May 2020. The strategy sets out a vision for a European food system with a reduced environmental and climate footprint until 2030, that is resilient and can ensure food security and sustainability in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss. The Strategy is accompanied by a list of 27 actions to be taken until 2024.

illegal deforestation

EU consumption plays a significant part in global deforestation, which continues unabated and contributes heavily to climate change and biodiversity loss. ENVI adopted on 1 October a legislative own-initiative report calling on the Commission to take regulatory action on this matter and propose an EU legal framework based on mandatory due diligence for companies placing products on the EU market. On 22 October, Parliament adopted the report by 377 in favour, 75 against and 243 abstentions.


The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 15) was initially scheduled to take place in Kunming, China, in October 2020, but it was postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of COP 15 will be to review and update the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Health Working Group

The Health Working Group consists of a forum for MEPs to discuss issues that affect the health of Europe's citizens. Many decisions are made at the European Parliament which affect health, whether it's nutritional labelling on food, health warnings on tobacco, research into new cancer treatments or cross border organ donations.

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