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European Forest Strategy

ENVI AGRI ITRE
József Antall building 4Q2
Wooden Logs with Forest on Background / Trunks of trees cut and stacked in the foreground, green forest in the background with sun rays Wooden Logs with Forest on Background / Trunks of trees cut and stacked in the foreground, green forest in the background with sun rays
Europrean Forest Strategy hearing © European Union

The public hearing aims to provide input to the review to be carried out by 2018 to assess progress in the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy. This joint hearing also provides a platform for annual structural dialogue between the Parliament and the Commission on the implementation of the new EU Forest strategy.

The six invited experts will discuss in particular European Forest Governance, the role of the forest-based sector in the bioeconomy and in the rural development policy, and the links between forests and resilient landscapes.


Brexit impact on the environment, public health and food safety

ENVI
JAN 2Q2
the two halves of a cracked eggshell, one patterned with the flag of the European Union and the other one patterned with the flag of the United Kingdom the two halves of a cracked eggshell, one patterned with the flag of the European Union and the other one patterned with the flag of the United Kingdom
Brexit impact on environment, public health and food safety © European Union

The aim of the public hearing was to assess and discuss the possible impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on the environment, public health and food safety. The hearing was also an opportunity to demonstrate what the EU does to the benefit of its Member States.


The Monsanto papers and glyphosate

ENVI AGRI
JÓZSEF ANTALL - 2Q2
Structural model of glyphosate molecule on a blackboard. Structural model of glyphosate molecule on a blackboard.
Public hearing on Glyphosate - Monsanto Papers © European Union

On 11 October, a joint ENVI/AGRI public hearing was held on "The Monsanto papers and glyphosate”. Glyphosate is a widely used, but highly controversial plant protection product and the active substance in Monsanto's weed killer Roundup. EFSA and ECHA concluded that glyphosate is safe, while the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

At the hearing, the scientific basis for the risk assessment of glyphosate was discussed, as well as the alleged influence of industry on this assessment in the US and the EU. The focus was on the so-called "Monsanto papers": in the context of a US court case brought by plaintiffs claiming that they got cancer due to glyphosate exposure, internal Monsanto emails were released suggesting that the scientific assessment of glyphosate might have been influenced by Monsanto.

The hearing took place against the background of the ongoing debate over the renewal of glyphosate's approval. The current EU approval expires on 15 December 2017, and the Commission has proposed a renewal for ten years. The hearing should provide Parliament with the necessary information to decide on possible follow-up action.


Added benefits of the EU on the environment, public health and food safety

ENVI
Hearing poster Hearing poster
EU ADDED BENEFITS © European Parliament 2017

On 25 April, the ENVI Committee held a Public Hearing on Added benefits of the EU on the environment, public health and food safety. The aim of the hearing being to take stock and highlight the added value of the EU, its institutions and agencies and the important work they carry out to ensure high environmental standards and a high standard of living for our citizens.


LULUCF

ENVI
ASP - 4Q2
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Poster_LULUCF.jpg © European Parliament

On 30 January, the ENVI committee held a public hearing on “Meeting the EU’s 2030 emission reduction targets: the role of the land use and forestry sectors”. The aim of the hearing was to feed into the work of the committee on the LULUCF legislative proposal, which requires that the land use and forestry sectors also contribute to meeting the EU's 2030 emission reduction targets.


Palm oil and rainforests: what can the EU do to stop deforestation?

ENVI
JAN 2Q2
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The aim of the hearing would be to have an exchange of views between MEPs and experts on the environmental impact of the palm oil industry. This industry is linked to major environmental issues, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations.

In addition, the widespread burning of tropical rainforests and peatlands to clear land for palm oil plantations is a major source of carbon pollution, making it a significant contributor to climate change.


Real driving emissions tests

ENVI
JAN 4Q2

In September 2015, ENVI adopted its position on the Commission proposal of January 2014 on the reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles. A key feature of ENVI's position is that test procedures for certain pollutant emissions should reflect real driving conditions, a timely response given the revelation of Volkswagen's use of defeat devices in laboratory emissions testing. This hearing will host expert speakers, aiming to inform ENVI on the development of real driving emissions tests.

Due to heightened security level, there will be no registration process for outside participants. We recommend that you follow the debate online as the ENVI committee meeting will be webstreamed. For those who have a badge to enter the Parliament premises, please be aware that seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM - ETS

ENVI
JAN 4Q2
Poster Poster
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The European Commission presented in July 2015 a legislative proposal to revise the EU emissions trading system for the period after 2020. The reform is the first step in delivering on the EU's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% domestically by 2030 in line with the 2030 climate and energy policy framework and as part of its contribution to the new global climate deal. The proposal will be analysed by several experts and discussed with the Members of the ENVI Committee.

Due to heightened security level, there will be no registration process for outside participants. We recommend that you follow the debate online as the ENVI committee meeting will be webstreamed. For those who have a badge to enter the Parliament premises, please be aware that seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Investing in nature and biodiversity: challenges and opportunities

ENVI
PHS - 3C050
Poster Poster
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This hearing is part of the deliberations of the Committee on the own-initiative report on "The Mid-term review of the EU's Biodiversity Strategy". This strategic own-initiative report will respond to the State of Nature in Europe report, and the mid-term review of the EU's Biodiversity Strategy.

This strategic report will also be Parliament's contribution to the on-going fitness check of the Nature legislation (Birds and Habitats Directives), which is why the adoption of this report is scheduled for December 2015 (to also coincide with the Council's Conclusions).

The aim of this hearing is to have an exchange of views between MEPs and experts not only on the challenges faced by biodiversity in the EU, but also on the opportunities provided by ecosystems, i.e. ecosystem services.


The Waste Legislative Package

ENVI
JÓSZEF ANTALL BUILDING - ROOM: 2Q2 - Brussels
The Waste Legislative Package The Waste Legislative Package
The Waste Legislative Package

DRAFT PROGRAMME

  • Welcome and opening by the Chair
  • Opening statement by the Rapporteur

Towards the Circular Economy

  • Joss Blériot, Executive Officer, Lead, Communications and Policy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Position of the Main Stakeholders

  • Peter Kurth, Vice-President, European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD)
  • Piotr Barczak, Policy Officer: Waste, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  • Filippo Brandolini, Member, Municipal Waste Europe (MWE) and CEEP Vice-President
  • Virginia Janssens, Managing Director, European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN)
  • Questions by MEPs

Conclusions

  • Concluding remarks by the Rapporteur
  • Closing statement by the Chair
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