IEU Environment Telegram 31 July 2020

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SUMMER BREAK MODE: 

  • EU Institutions enter into their summer break +++ 

SUSTAINABILITY: 

  • EU Commission publishes study on directors' duties and sustainable corporate governance +++ 
  • EP Briefing - Sustainable finance – EU taxonomy: A framework to facilitate sustainable investment - 27-07-2020 +++ 

COVID-19 SPECIAL: 

  • Travel restrictions: EU Council reviews the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external border +++ 
  • EU Commission strengthens support for treatment through convalescent plasma +++ 
  • EU Commission concludes talks to secure future coronavirus vaccine for Europeans +++ 
  • EU Commission secures EU access to Remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19 +++ 
  • EU Commission approves €10 billion Spanish fund to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak +++ 
  • EU Commission approves €6 billion Italian schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak
  • EU Commission approves € 866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak
  • EU Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the coronavirus outbreak
  • EU Commission encourages Member States to use REACT-EU resources
  • Briefing - Linking the levels of governance in the EU - 29-07-2020

PESTICIDES

  • Pesticides and bees: evidence on mortality rates reviewed - EFSA

AIR POLLUTION

  • New links between air pollution and COVID19 rates are a lesson for healthy recovery in air-pollution hotspots like Western Balkans - CAN Europe

CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

  • EU Commission clears the acquisition of sole control of BASF’s Construction Chemicals Business by the Lone Star Group

GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS

  • Integrating environmental protection in legislation on global supply chains - UBA study outlines how to implement corporate environmental and human rights due diligence obligations

PLASTICS

  • UNCTAD: Growing plastic pollution in wake of COVID-19: how trade policy can help
  • EU Plastic Tax approved by European Council: A Danger for the EU Single Market & Recovery - EuPC

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

  • Chemical Recycling Europe Webinar Invitation

FOOD

  • EP Briefing - Nutrition labelling schemes used in Member States - 27-07-2020

THE ROTTERDEAM CONVENTION

  • Algeria becomes the 162nd Party to the Rotterdam Convention

EU COUNCIL REGISTER

  • ST 9393 2020 INIT Directive 2000/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work (seventh individual directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) 
  • ST 9832 2020 INIT Towards a regular monitoring of the industrial competitiveness of the EU
  • ST 9973 2020 INIT COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Best Practices in Citizen Science for Environmental Monitoring
  • St 9904 2020 Add 1Annex to the COMMISSION DECISION of XXX establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for electronic displays
  • St 9904 2020 InitCOMMISSION DECISION of XXX establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for electronic displays
  • ST 9940 2020 INIT REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control)
  • ST 9938 2020 INIT COMMISSION DECISION of XXX establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for printed paper, stationery paper, and paper carrier bag products
  • ST 9938 2020 ADD 1 Annex to the COMMISSION DECISION of XXX establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for printed paper, stationery paper, and paper carrier bag products
  • St 9910 2020 Add 1ANNEX to the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… amending Regulation (EC) 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in certain foodstuffs
  • St 9910 2020 InitCOMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in certain foodstuffs
  • St 9916 2020 Add 1ANNEX to the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… amending Regulation (EC) 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of acrylamide in certain foodstuffs for infants and young children
  • St 9916 2020 InitCOMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of acrylamide in certain foodstuffs for infants and young children
  • ST 9929 2020 INIT COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for cycloxydim, flonicamid, haloxyfop, mandestrobin, mepiquat, Metschnikowia fructicola strain NRRL Y-27328 and prohexadione in or on certain products
  • St 9929 2020 Add 1 ANNEX to the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for cycloxydim, flonicamid, haloxyfop, mandestrobin, mepiquat, Metschnikowia fructicola strain NRRL Y-27328 and prohexadione in or on certain products
  • St 9929 2020 Add 2 ANNEX to the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for cycloxydim, flonicamid, haloxyfop, mandestrobin, mepiquat, Metschnikowia fructicola strain NRRL Y-27328 and prohexadione in or on certain products

EU COMMISSION REGISTER

  • DG ENV
    • Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the submission, on behalf of the European Union, of proposals to amend Annex IV to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal with a view to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, and on the position of the European Union on proposals by other Parties to amend Annex IV and other annexes
    • REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Directive (EU)2015/2193 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into air from medium combustion plants
    • COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION establishing a watch list of substances for Union-wide monitoring in the field of water policy pursuant to Directive 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
    • COMMISSION DECISION on the adoption of the work programme for 2020 and on the financing of pilot projects and preparatory action in the field of environment
    • COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Best Practices in Citizen Science for Environmental Monitoring
    • COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT EU green public procurement criteria for imaging equipment, consumables and print services
  • DG GROW
    • COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1956 as regards harmonised standards for certain household appliances, thermal-links, equipment in cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services, circuit breakers, arc quenching and welding, installation couplers intended for permanent connection in fixed installations, transformers, reactors, power supply units and combinations, electric vehicle conductive charging system, cable ties and management, control circuit devices, switching elements, emergency lighting, electronic circuits used with luminaires and discharge lamps
    • COMMISSION DECISION on the national provisions notified by the Slovak Republic pursuant to Article 114(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union concerning the cadmium content in phosphate fertilisers
    • COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards diisocyanates
    • COMMISSION DECISION on the national provisions notified by the Kingdom of Denmark pursuant to Article 114(4) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union concerning cadmium content in fertilisers

EFSA BRIEFS

  • Literature search – Exploring in silico protein toxicity prediction methods to support the food and feed risk assessment
  • Safety and efficacy of hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose for all animal species
  • Safety and efficacy of microcrystalline cellulose for all animal species
  • Literature search – Exploring in silico protein toxicity prediction methods to support the food and feed risk assessment
  • Outcome of the consultation with Member States and EFSA on the basic substance application for approval of dimethyl sulfide to be used in plant protection as a non‐lethal food attractant for truffle beetle
  • Safety and efficacy of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose for all animal species
  • Safety and efficacy of methyl cellulose for all animal species
  • Safety and efficacy of ethyl cellulose for all animal species
  • Safety and efficacy of hydroxypropyl cellulose for all animal species
  • Statement complementing the EFSA Scientific Opinion on application (EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2009‐75) for placing on the market of genetically modified oilseed rape Ms8 × Rf3 × GT73 and subcombinations, which have not been authorised previously (i.e. Ms8 × GT73
  • Safety of rapeseed powder from Brassica rapa L. and Brassica napus L. as a Novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283
  • Safety of 3‐phytase FLF1000 and FSF10000 as a feed additive for pigs for fattening and minor growing porcine species
  • Pest categorisation of Haplaxius crudus
  • Annual Report of preparatory work performed during the period 6/12/2019 to 16/07/2020
  • 2nd Sounding Board meeting - report - event date: 20 July 2020
  • Modification of the existing maximum residue level for acrinathrin in lettuce
  • Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bi‐07 contributes to increasing lactose digestion: evaluation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
  • Pest survey card on Xylosandrus crassiusculus
  • Public consultation on the active substance (3E)-3-decen-2-one - deadline: 27 September 2020
  • Pesticides and bees: evidence on mortality rates reviewed
  • Review of the evidence on bee background mortality
  • Public consultation on the active substance benthiavalicarb as regards the assessments following the clock stop on endocrine properties in the context of the pesticides peer review - deadline: 25 September 2020
  • Modification and setting of maximum residue levels for mefentrifluconazole in various crops

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