The 2009-14 European Parliament term ended this week, and MEPs used the occasion to vote on 70 pieces of legislation.
MEPs voted on some 70 legislative items during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg (14-17 April), the last of the current parliamentary term. They rubber-stamped legislation agreed with the member states or set down the Parliament's position ahead of negotiations in the next term.
To deal with the burden the Parliament's administration added two extra voting sessions on Tuesday [...] Read more
Commission issues infringement notices on a range of environmental issues.
Plastics and waste industries oppose MEPs promotion of biodegradable bags.
Plastics industry warns that allowing national bans on non-biodegradable bags will cause single market and environmental problems.
British Conservatives have among the worst voting records in the European Parliament on climate issues, according to a new analysis.
UN secretary general says EU should agree its 2030 emissions target at June European Council.
Businesses given must-have goals for 2020.
The annual ‘European Tree of the Year award' was held at the European Parliament last week, honouring the best in arboreal achievement.
Europe will go to a UN summit in September with no agreed targets after leaders say they cannot reach agreement without a new roadmap toward energy independence.
Demand for legislation turned down.
MEPs concerned that the Commission's proposal excluded all existing food additives on sale before 2011.
Member states would have to meet a target for phasing out plastic bags, but can choose how to reach it.
Campaigners welcome outcome, which would contain only minimal opportunities for derogations from banned species list.
Negotiators to meet today after lead MEP relents to pressure.
Czech MEP accused of shelving EU legislation because of domestic pressure.
The aim is to close loopholes in the existing law.
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Special report: Water
Published Thursday, 15 November 2012
Twelve years on, the water framework directive is facing implementation problems.
Water needs to be given a value to discourage waste, but campaigners fear privatisation could harm vulnerable groups.
Water scarcity in Spain has reached crisis proportions.