IEU Environment Telegram 25 July 2018

Our telegram headlines today*:  

GMO: 

  • EU Court: Organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs and are, in principle, subject to the obligations laid down by the GMO Directive +++ 

GMO REACTIONS: 

  • The Greens/EFA: Gene editing techniques are GMOs says EU Court of Justice - Time to put them aside and finally invest in true innovation +++ 
  • Die Grünen/EFA: EuGH-Urteil zu neuen Züchtungsverfahren wie CRISPR/CAS - Keine Unsicherheiten im Umgang mit Gentechnik zulassen +++ 
  • Auch neue Gentechnik ist Gentechnik - S&D / SPD +++ 
  • Unkontrollierte Freisetzungen genmanipulierter Pflanzen wird es nicht geben - SPD-Bundestagsfraktion +++ 
  • Mehr Klarheit bei neuen Züchtungstechnologien - EuGH fällt lang erwartetes Urteil - CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion +++ 
  • Stellungnahme von Bundesumweltministerin Schulze zum EuGH-Urteil zur Gentechnik +++ 
  • Hessens Umweltministerin Priska Hinz: "Hessen bleibt gentechnikfrei! Und Europa auch - dafür hat der EuGH heute die Weichen gestellt" +++ 
  • Rheinland-Pfalz: Umweltministerin Höfken begrüßt Entscheidung des EUGH zur Kennzeichnungspflicht von genetisch modifizierten Lebensmitteln +++ 
  • BUND: EuGH-Grundsatzurteil zu neuer Gentechnik: Bundesregierung muss jetzt Koalitionsversprechen einlösen +++ 

FOREST FIRES

  • EU mobilises further support for devastating fires in Greece

PLASTICS

  • EP Draft report - Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment - PE 623.714v01-00 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

PESTICIDES

  • EFSA: The 2016 European Union report on pesticide residues in food
  • EFSA: Pesticides in food: latest figures remain steady

BISPHENOL A

  • EU Commission: Answer - Bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings - P-003320/2018

ESSENTIAL OILS

  • EU Commission Answer - Products containing essential oils - E-002822/2018

CARCINOGENS & MUTAGENS

  • EU Commission Answer - Protection of workers against carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances and workplace inspections - E-002679/2018
  • EU Commission Answer - Use of asbestos by European companies - E-002825/2018

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

  • EU Commission: Public consultation addressing the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation
  • WKÖ zur Konsultation zur Regelung der Schnittstelle zwischen Chemikalien-, Produkt- und Abfallrecht – Ziele zur Kreislaufwirtschaft müssen ökonomisch und ökologisch sinnvoll sein
  • EESC: European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
  • How do we make Circular Economy a reality? New brochure! - ECOS (European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation)

EU COUNCIL REGISTER

  • St 10450 2018 Init 3627 Environment

EFSA BRIEFS

  • Re‐evaluation of sodium ferrocyanide (E 535), potassium ferrocyanide (E 536) and calcium ferrocyanide (E 538) as food additives
  • 112th Plenary meeting of the AHAW Panel
  • Call for data relevant to the safety assessment of Astaxanthin in the framework of Regulation 2283/2015
  • Symbiosal® and lowering of blood pressure and reduced risk of hypertension: evaluation of a health claim pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
  • Safety assessment of the process ‘Linpac’, based on Linpac super clean technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
  • Assessment of genetically modified cotton GHB614 × T304‐40 × GHB119 for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2014‐122)
  • Assessment of genetically modified maize 1507 × NK603 for renewal of authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐RX‐008)

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