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The effectiveness of the EU Forestry sector has been questioned by MEPS recently. Commissioner Phil Hogan was forced to accept that the MEPS questions were justified as he sought to defend the Commission’s right to legislate in the sector.

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The High Level Group of the Commission's new Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published its first opinion. It focuses on enhancing the measurement of CO2 emissions from cars. The independent group of eminent scientists welcome the introduction of the new emissions testing procedure as from 2017 that is expected to provide more representative CO2 emission measurements.

News of the European Commission's emerging agenda for “better regulation" is the subject of discussion in Brussels .In particularly, the European Commission is seeking to call on the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to prioritise initiatives that would simplify or improve existing laws, make sure that the laws already in effect have been properly evaluated, to see whether existing tools could be used to do the job and systematically include — in every new law — provisions to allow monitoring and future evaluation.

The review of the EU’s nature laws now underway should not lead to their being weakened, European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans told MEPs on 9th of March.  Mr.

The review of the EU’s nature laws now underway should not lead to their being weakened, European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans told MEPs on 9th of March.

Mr. Timmermans told the European Parliament’s environment committee that he was “not in favor of lowering the standards” set out in the Birds and Habitats Directives after MEPs pressed him to clarify the Commission’s intentions.

With the European Parliament having ratified the new European Commission team on the 22nd October, the new European Commission took office formally on 1st November 2014 and with it a new political phase for the European Union. Green 10, an alliance of 10 leading environmental organisations in Europe seeks to work with the EU law-making institutions - the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers - to ensure that the environment is placed at the heart of policymaking.

During the recent ENEP General Assembly, the side event incorporated a visit to the new European Commission.  Speaking to the Group, the Commission representative explained the general function of the European Commission in relation to defender the general interest of the European Union.  During his presentation he spoke of the importance of the Single Market and highlighted the European Court of Justice’s role in arbitrating over market access issues for a companies facing technical, professional qualifications and cultural blockages to be able to practice in neighbouring states.