The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans took place in June. It represents a major turning point in mobilising the international community to act to protect marine life, especially in the high seas.
The Commission’s legislative proposal “Clean Energy for all Europeans” covers measures relating to energy efficiency, renewables, and also proposes changes to reorganize the electricity market and tackle energy poverty.
Brexit’s impact on environmental policy will be felt not just in the UK but also in the European Union. While the UK risks sliding towards a lowering of its standards, the EU will be losing a Member State that has been extremely active in this field.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, explains the influence which he believes Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ may have on the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris.
>24 July The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
>17-18 July The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
>31 July – 11 August COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
28 – 31 August The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.