Commission releases its 2014 work programme
The European Union’s executive, the European Commission has published its 2014 work programme and priorities. The Commission has placed promoting growth and jobs at the heart of the programme. It has argued initiatives proposed at European level should support economic recovery and job creation and tackle the social consequences of the financial crisis. The Commission also stresses that Europe’s challenges also go beyond the economy and that EU action is needed to promote environmental standards. The work programme includes proposals for new environmental legislation and priorities to be implemented before the end of the Commission’s mandate in 2014.
New initiatives include:
- A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies
- Framework for safe and secure unconventional hydrocarbon extraction
- Communication on job creation in the ‘green economy’
- Resource efficiency and waste legislation
The Commission has also indicated that it intends to withdraw proposals for a directive on access to justice in environmental matters. It also intends to withdraw a proposal for a directive establishing a framework for the protection of soil. However, soil remains a priority under the Seventh Environmental Action Programme.
Legislation passed by the Parliament and Council that becomes applicable to member states in 2014 is also set out in Annex V. The new legislation concerns:
- Vehicle emissions standards for heavy duty, light passenger and commercial vehicles
- The export and import of hazardous chemicals
- An amendment to REACH regulation as regards to mercury
- The sulphur content of marine fuels
- The ecodesign of household tumble driers
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