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The European Commission and national governments are currently considering options for a shorter renewal period for Glysophate, a controversial agricultural herbicide, after the European Commission’s proposal to extend the permit for glyphosate for ten years was rejected this week in the European Parliament. Although not legally binding, the European Parliament’s resolution this week calling for a full phase-out of glyphosate before 2022 heaps pressure on the member states to call for an outright ban in response to widespread public concern across the EU.

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 European Parliament is on course to confirm its position on waste proposals central to the EU’s circular economy package in February, according to the lead MEP Simona Bonafè (S&D). The proposals were retabled by the Commission last December downgraded the 2030 recycling target for municipal waste from 70% to 65% and for packaging waste from 80% to 75%. The rapporteur, Simona Bonafé MEP underlined that the Parliaments goal is to limit the landfilling of municipal waste to a maximum of 10% by 2030 should be tightened to 5%.

MEPs have called for systemic change to address resource scarcity in a recent press release. The resolution passed by the ENVI committee of the European Parliament calls for binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and the use of natural resources.The environment committee called on the Commission to table new legislation by the end of 2015.According to MEPs involved, the European Commission should be proposing new legislation by the end of of 2015 that includes:

The European Parliament should have the right to decide where and when it meets, the Constitutional Affairs Committee has argued. The Parliament is currently obliged by the Treaties to hold 12 monthly plenary sessions in Strasbourg. MEPs hope to initiate an EU treaty revision procedure to propose the changes needed to allow Parliament to decide on the location of its seat and its internal organisation. Such a move would help save money in times of budget cuts and reduce damage to the environment.