IEU Environment Telegram 20 November 2020

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COVID-19 SPECIAL: 

  • EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak +++ 
  • EU Commission approves Austrian ”Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak +++ 
  • EU Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak +++ 

GREEN RECOVERY: 

  • Video conference of internal market and industry ministers, 19 November 2020 +++ 
  • La France s’engage en Europe pour une politique commerciale plus souveraine, plus verte et plus durable +++ 

ECHA: 

  • EU Commission: Answer to a written question - European Chemicals Agency Board of Appeals (Cases A-009-2018 and A-010-2018) – what remains of the scope of the ban on animal testing for cosmetics - P-005170/2020(ASW) +++ 

CHEMICAL SAVETY

  • Chemical safety and biosafety progress report

FOOD ADDITIVES

  • Germany: Ordinance reorganising provisions of food law on food additives

POLLUTANTS

  • EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Discharges of pollutants - E-004988/2020(ASW)

AIR POLLUTION

  • EEB: Three quarters of EU urban population exposed to toxic air as governments fail to cut emissions

WASTE

  • VKU: „Invisible Waste: Abfälle, die wir nicht sehen – schau genau hin!“: Europäische Woche der Abfallvermeidung 2020 startet zum elften Mal

INDUSTRIAL STARTEGY

  • Bruegel: Retooling industrial policy: Europe first?

EU COUNCIL REGISTRY

  • CM 4765 2020 INIT Informal videoconferences of the members of the Working Party on the Environment
  • ST 10579 2020 REV 3 Digitalisation for the Benefit of the Environment - Revised draft Council conclusions
  • CM 4820 2020 INIT Council Conclusions on 2021 European Semester: employment and social aspects of the Annual Sustainable Growth strategy 2021 - Initiation of written procedure
  • CM 4798 2020 INIT Council Conclusions: Public Investment through Public Procurement: Sustainable Recovery and Reboosting of a Resilient EU Economy – Initiation of written procedure
  • ST 12955 2020 INIT Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work - Mandate for negotiation with the European Parliament
  • ST 12955 2020 ADD 1 Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work
  • ST 12062 2020 INIT Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, (EC) No 396/2005, (EC) No 1069/2009, (EC) No 1107/2009, (EU) No 1151/2012, (EU) No 652/2014, (EU) 2016/429 and (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Regulations (EC) No 1/2005 and (EC) No 1099/2009 and Council Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC and 2008/120/EC, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 89/608/EEC, 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC, 91/496/EEC, 96/23/EC, 96/93/EC and 97/78/EC and Council Decision 92/438/EEC (Official Controls Regulation)

EU COMMISSION REGISTRY

  • DG ENV
    • COMMISSION DECISION establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for electronic displays
    • COMMISSION DECISION establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for printed paper, stationery paper, and paper carrier bag products
    • COMMISSION DECISION amending Decisions 2014/350/EU and (EU) 2016/1349 extending the period of validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to textile products and footwear and of the related assessment and verification requirements
    • COMMISSION DECISION amending the user's guide setting out the steps needed to participate in EMAS, under Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)

EFSA BRIEFS

  • Scientific Opinion on application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2016‐132 for authorisation of genetically modified of insect‐resistant and herbicide‐tolerant soybean DAS–81419–2 × DAS–44406–6 for food and feed uses, import and processing submitted
  • Response to comments on the Scientific Opinion of the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bi‐07
  • Response to comments on the Scientific Opinion of the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to coffee C21 andprotection of DNA from strand breakspursuant to Article 13.5
  • Plant Health Newsletter: Scientific Literature Monitoring No. 16
  • Plant Health Newsletter: Scientific Literature Monitoring No. 17
  • Plant Health Newsletter: Scientific Literature Monitoring No. 18
  • Plant Health Newsletter: Scientific Literature Monitoring No. 19
  • Plant Health Newsletter: Scientific Literature Monitoring No. 20
  • 1st meeting of the EFSA Pesticide Steering Network sub working group IUCLID HYPERCARE
  • Avian influenza overview – update on 19 November 2020, EU/EEA and the UK
  • Avian influenza: virus spreading rapidly in Europe

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