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An open calll for expressions of interest for experts in the field of energy to support the monitoring process of the implementation of projects under the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).


European Union leaders from the 28 member states who were due to convene on Brussels this weekend to complete “the full puzzle” of the EU top jobs for the next five years, will now apparently only confirm successor to Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. Leaders will need to decide who will succeed Van Rompuy and Ashton before the new President elect of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, can complete his team of commissioners for the next five years in early September.

EU environment commissioner Janez Potočnik confirmed in a statement last week that he will stand down at the end of his term in October.  Slovenia’s outgoing government, that lost a snap general election in July, did not name Mr Potočnik among its three nominees for the country’s new Commissioner under the next European Commission to be headed by Jean-Claude Juncker.  Mr Potočnik is widely regarded as a committed advocate of environmental protection.

As part of the ongoing consultations and key feedback from members on the new Presidential strategy, Unite and Inspire, ENEP has initiated a meeting with Commissioner Potočnik to discuss the role of ENEP as a complimentary communication network that can contribute to the equal and effective application of EU environmental law as set out in the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP), which will be guiding European environment policy until 2020 and aims, amongst others, “to maximise the benefits of Union environment legislation by improvin

Helping consumers make sustainable choices is at the heart of the latest phase to the European Commission's 'Generation Awake' campaign. The campaign aims to make consumers aware of the consequences their consumption patterns have on natural resources, illustrating the benefits if they choose to act differently. The campaign’s interactive website, where cartoon characters show the environmental impact of everyday purchasing decisions, is available in all 24 official EU languages.

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 Water is a Human Right initiative has become the first European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to be backed by at least one million EU citizens and will now be reviewed by the European Commission for consideration as draft law. The ECI, established in April 2012 by the Treaty of Lisbon, is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate.

The European Commission has concluded that the use of chemicals in the EU has become safer since REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances) came into force five years ago. The legislation sets out a timetable for manufacturers to register 30,000 of the approximately 100,000 chemicals on the market in Europe. Under the EU’s precautionary principle, European businesses are obliged to find substitutes for chemicals deemed potentially unsafe.

A new green paper has been launched by the European Commission aimed at finding policy options to tackle the problem of plastic waste. The Commission has confirmed that nothing will be proposed before 2014, when EU waste legislation is due to be revised. The consultation takes the form of a questionnaire with 26 questions that contain nearly identical policy options to the consultation conducted in 2008.

A proposal by the European Commission to instate a two-year ban on the use of pesticides, which are linked to the decline of bee populations, has been rejected by member states with only 13 of 27 nations voting in favour of the ban. Those who voted against the Commissions proposal included the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia while Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, France, Sweden, Latvia and Cyprus supported the ban.