Issue 56

November 2017

COP23, the UN climate conference this year finished last week in Bonn, Germany. It made  steps forward to ensure global climate action through implementation of the Paris Agreement.  With nearly 200 countries at COP23, the parties made concrete progress on turning the historic 2015 agreement into action on the ground across the world, ahead of next year's UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland.  The Paris Agreement sets out a global framework for climate action and the necessary transition to a low-carbon future in order to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

The European Commission is currently evaluating the 7th EAP ahead of its report to the European Parliament and Council. Environment Action Programmes have guided the development of EU Environment policy since the 1970s, and each programme has been duly assessed to see if the objectives have been met. The 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP)1 is an agreed framework for EU environmental policy-making to guide action up to and beyond 2020.

Attitudes of Europeans to the Environment 2017 – is a special Eurobarometer public opinion survey carried out for the European Commission every four years on the environment in the 28 European Union countries. This follows three previous Eurobarometer surveys on the environment. The report covers the following issues:

Following a ‘fitness check’ of its Birds and Habitats Directives in 2015, a new Action Plan has been published by the European Commission to ensure these fully deliver on protecting nature, improving the quality of life for Europeans and bringing economic benefits. The new Action Plan puts forward 15 actions to boost application of EU nature rules on the ground so that it will deliver its full potential for nature, people and the economy.

Green infrastructure (GI) can provide essential benefits to flood management and co-benefits to society and the economy. In a new report published by the European Environment Agency this month, evidence shows that investment in green solutions, such as landscape conservation and restoring for upstream floodplains or wetlands, is more cost-efficient and provides improved infrastructure solutions.

ENEP secretary General, Giacomo Cozzolino attended the ERRIN project development last week in Brussels.  Attended by over 200 delegates the week has provided an invaluable opportunity for potential Horizon 2020 applicants to meet ahead of the first wave of calls closing under the 2018-2020 Work Programme.

The relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London to a new city following BREXIT have been decided in the European Council on the toss of a coin. Amsterdam won the EMA on a coin toss against Milan, after it ended with an equal number of votes with Milan in the third round of voting.