• Legally binding biodiversity targets urged

      Legally binding biodiversity targets urged

      Next year's UN biodiversity conference, the COP15, should be the biodiversity equivalent of the Paris agreement on climate change, the EP Environment Committee said on Tuesday in a resolution, setting out their proposals for Parliament's position for the forum to be held in autumn next year. In this context, MEPs call for legally binding targets at global and EU level to increase ambition and ensure that post-2020 action on global biodiversity will be effective.

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    • Reducing pesticides in order to save bees

      Reducing pesticides in order to save bees

      Member States should reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture in order to protect bees, the EP Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee said on Tuesday in a resolution. The committee also highlighted weaknesses in the EU Pollinator Initiative considering it inadequate to address the main causes of pollinators' decline in Europe.

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    • Cracking down on corruption

      Cracking down on corruption

      Corruption is one of the most unacceptable phenomena that erode the fabric of democracy in Europe and it is high time to crack down on it, said MEPs from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) at a public hearing. 

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    • Lagarde: ECB set to fight climate emergency

      Lagarde: ECB set to fight climate emergency

      The European Central Bank (ECB) should do more to help tackle the climate emergency, new ECB president Christine Lagarde said on Monday during a hearing at the EP Economic Affairs Committee. Questions on how the ECB is responding to the threat of climate change were a recurring subject during the hearing. In a strong hint that as president she would move the ECB beyond its traditional remit of controlling inflation, Lagarde said the bank would incorporate the climate threat into both its economic forecasts and in its capacity as watchdog of the financial system.

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    • Commission enters office

      Commission enters office

      With a delay of a month and after a number of hindrances, the von der Leyen Commission, comprising 27 members, is taking office on 1st December. The next day, the EC President will deliver a speech at the COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid. On Wednesday, MEPs finally greenlighted the new College by 461 votes in favour, 157 against and 89 abstentions.

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    • EU adopts agreement on tyre labelling

      EU adopts agreement on tyre labelling

      A political agreement on a European tyre labelling was reached on 13 November between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. The new rules improve and strengthen EU tyre labels enabling European consumers to make better choices and bringing energy savings equivalent to taking 4 million cars off EU roads every year.

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    • Hearings of new Commissioners-designate scheduled for 14 November

      Hearings of new Commissioners-designate scheduled for 14 November

      The Conference of Presidents (EP President and leaders of political groups) on Friday decided that the hearings of the three new Commissioners-designate will take place on 14 November, the EP press service reported. The candidates are: Oliver Varhelyi from Hungary (Neigbourhood and Enlargement), Adina-Ioana Valean from Romania (Transport) and Thierry Breton from France (Internal Market). Parliaments Committee on Legal Affairs will meet on 12 November to evaluate the candidates’ declarations of financial interest.

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