The 15th NAT commission meeting will take place on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at the European Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels room JDE 52.
This meeting will be fully on-site. The public can follow the meeting in the listening room JDE53 (for security reasons you need contact the
NAT secretariat at the latest on the 20 November 2022 if you wish to participate in person) or through the web streaming.
All meeting documents are available through the
CoR Members' Portal.
Highlights of the meeting on 22 November 2022.
The following opinions will be discussed and adopted:
Regional adaptation strategies for low carbon agriculture
Rapporteur: Loïg CHESNAIS-GIRARD (FR/PES)
On 15 December 2021, the Commission published a communication on carbon cycles, the first step towards implementing an EU framework for the certification of carbon removals. Short-term measures set out in this communication include developing carbon farming, defined as "a business model incentivising practices on natural ecosystems that increase carbon sequestration", such as restoring peatlands, developing agroforestry, maintaining and improving soil organic carbon in mineral soils, the carbon footprint of livestock farms and managing the soil organic carbon in grassland. In addition to common agricultural policy support for these practices, the Commission will present a legislative proposal establishing a regulatory framework for the certification of carbon removals by the end of 2022.
Regulation on the European Health Data Space
Rapporteur: Daniela CÎMPEAN (RO/EPP)
On 3 May 2022, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS), a health-specific data sharing framework, also one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. It puts people in control of their health data, in their home country and cross-border and it improves the use of health data for research, innovation and policy-making. To realise its potential, the EHDS needs to create a strong legal framework establishing clear rules, common standards and practices, infrastructures and a governance framework for the use of electronic health data by patients and for research, innovation, policy-making and regulatory activities, while ensuring harmonised application of and full compliance with the EU's data protection standards.
Opinions – Exchange of views
- Regulation on the European Health Data Space
Rapporteur: Heinz-Joachim HÖFER (DE/PES)
The European Commission has adopted on 22 June 2022 for a new Regulation on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products, including EU wide targets to reduce by 50% the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 2030, in line with the EU's
Farm to Fork and
Biodiversity strategies. The main measures include: Legally binding targets at EU level to reduce by 50% the use and the risk of chemical pesticides as well as the use of the more hazardous pesticides by 2030, environmentally friendly pest control and a ban on all pesticides in sensitive areas.