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7th EAP: kick-off debate in the European Parliament

Discussions on the EU’s environmental priorities until 2020 have started in the European Parliament and among Member States. EP rapporteur Gaston Franco and MEPs recently presented their views in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. Better implementation and increased communication to citizens were two key issues that emerged during the discussion.

MEPs recently held a first exchange on the Commission’s proposal for the 7th EAP entitled “Living well, within the limits of our planet”, which aims to provide an overarching framework for environment policy up to 2020, with nine priority objectives for the EU and its Member States to attain.

Strengthened implementation of EU environmental legislation is of cross-party importance, as well as better access to justice for EU citizens and better communication. MEPs criticised the missing sense of urgency of the Commission proposal, and called for an inclusion of deadlines for action. Better health protection through measures on nano-materials, endocrine disruptors (EDCs), chemicals mixtures, noise reduction and air pollution exposure were also raised in the debate.

HEAL urges MEPs and Member States to make sure the 7th EAP particularly protects the health of vulnerable groups and provide a way forward in the 7th EAP on EU action on human bio-monitoring and a strategy on indoor air quality.

The 7th EAP is one of the flagship initiatives of the Irish EU presidency (from January – June 2013), which aims to reach a first reading agreement by June. The EP’s ENVI committee is scheduled to adopt their position at the end of April.

Last updated on 15 March 2013

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