public consultation

Stakeholder consultation on exemptions from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive)
Deadline 09/01/2015

Consultation on the Renewal of three ELV Exemptions
Deadline 09/12/2014

European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn has launched a public consultation on "The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda". Europe continues to be faced with challenges related to the economy, the climate, the environment, and society at large. Most of these challenges have a strong urban dimension. A growing number of voices argue that cities need to be adequately involved in the conception and implementation of EU policies, and that EU policies need to be better adapted to the urban realities where they will be implemented.

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on issues related to the ratification and implementation by the EU of the Minamata Convention on mercury. The Convention was signed in October 2013. At that time, it was the first international environmental agreement concluded in a decade. It is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, and aims to phase out many of its current uses.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is seeking views on three applications for authorised chemicals under the REACH regulation. The two latest applications relate to the use of trichloroethylene in fabric dyeing and the other to diarsenic trioxide’s use in ammonia production. Applications to continue using diarsenic trioxide had to be submitted by November 2013.

In April the European Commission launched a consultation to inform the evaluation of the implementation of the EU Ecolabel Regulation (EC) 66/2010 by collecting views from stakeholders on the implementation of the EU Ecolabel Scheme, a voluntary environmental labelling scheme designed to promote products with reduced environmental impact and through this contribute to a more efficient use of resources and a higher level of environmental protection.

Citizens, organisations and public authorities have the opportunity to take part in a consultation on the future EU initiative on No Net Loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services from 05 June 2014 to 26 September 2014. The initiative’s aim is to help achieve the overall objective of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to halt biodiversity loss and conserve ecosystem services by 2020.