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Akčný plán EÚ: Dosahovanie nulového znečisťovania ovzdušia, vody a pôdy

Opinion Number: CDR 3178/2021
Rapporteur: SCHOUTEN Marieke
Commission: ENVE
Status: Currently in discussion
Date: 27/01/2022



1st Meeting Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform

The Euopean Commission and the CoR, coherently with the Zero Pollution Action Plan, have been cooperating to set up a new Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform.
Website of the Platform: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/zero-pollution-stakeholder-platform_en
The Platform will effectively mainstream the zero pollution agenda. It will bring together stakeholders and experts of different policy areas, such as health, agriculture, research and innovation, transport, digitalisation and the environment. It will create co-ownership, promote collaboration, and foster integrated solutions to maximise synergies with decarbonisation and post-COVID 19 recovery efforts.

The CoR will have ain important role in the Platform.
It will express the Co-chair, that will be Ms Schouten (NL/Greens) Rapporteur for the Zero Pollution Action Plan.
Mr MArkkula (FI/EPP), former CoR President and member of the Green Deal Going Local Working Group will be Backup co-chair.
The CoR will host part of the activities of the platform.
The Secretariat of the Platform is composed by staff of DG ENV and o the ENVE Secretariat.
CoR members (especially rapporteurs) are foreseen to participate to specific thematic events organized by the Platform.
CoR webpage on the Platform https://cor.europa.eu/en/news/Pages/achieve-zero-pollution-ambition-platform.aspx

The Platform will be lead by a Platforgm Group composed by multiple Stakeholders selected throught a call. The Group will meet for the first time on 16 December with an online meeting with minimal in person presence (at the Berlaymont buidling of the European Commission).

Mr Tzitzikkostas, President of the CoR and Mr Timmermans, Executive Vice President for the Green Deal of the European Commission will open the meeting with introductory speeches.
Ms Schouten and Patrick child (Deputy Director-General DG ENV) will co-chair the meeting.
Ms Schouten and Mr Sinkevičius​, Commissioner for Environment, will provide concluding remarks.

The meeting will be public and will be visible at the following link: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/zero-pollution-stakeholder-platform

16 Dec

New Soil Strategy

The European Commission has approved a new Soil Strategy to 2030.

17 Nov

Event Revisiting Odour Pollution in Europe

The CoR rapporteur participated as speaker to an online event on Revisiting Odour Pollution in Europe.

This was an event of the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’, co-organized with MIO-ECSDE and the EU-funded D-NOSES project.
It was hosted by Ms Spyraki (EPP/EL) Co-chair of the intergroup.
The CoR is in the advisory group of the intergroup.

28 Oct

Stakeholder Conference on the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD)

18th meeting of the Technical Platform for Cooperation of the Environment - Stakeholder Conference on the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD)

The Rapporteur, Ms Schouten (NL/Greens) participated to this event as speaker.

The revisions of the UWWTD is included in the Zero Pollution Action Plan.

26 Oct

Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform website activated and call for applications launched

The Website of the new Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform has been activated. Further developments are expected.
The Zero Pollution Action Plan plans for the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions to set up the Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform.

The CoR has also created a webpage on the Platform in its website.

A call for applications to partiicpate to the Platform Group has been opened.

07 Oct

2nd International Day of Clean Air for blue skies - Statement of CoR rapporteur

7 September 2021 is the 2nd International Day of Clean Air for blue skies.
The theme for 2021 is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet” which emphasizes the health effects of air pollution, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information on the website of the intiiative
And on the website of UNEP

On 8 Septmeber the CoR Rapporteur on Zero Pollution, Ms SCHOUTEN (NL/GREENS) published a declaration in the CoR Twitter.

07 Sep