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Plan de acțiune al UE: Către reducerea la zero a poluării aerului, apei și solului

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Opinion Number: CDR 3178/2021
Rapporteur: SCHOUTEN Marieke
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 27/01/2022
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

 welcomes the European Commission's Communication on the EU Action Plan: 'Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil', its focus on health and its cross-cutting approach. The CoR looks forward to the announced actions and proposals and calls for them to be coherent and consistent with each other and other Green Deal initiatives;

 emphasises that pollution is a major problem that needs to be tackled through effective multilevel governance and a cross-border approach: each stakeholder has its role, and action at all levels is necessary to prevent local and regional authorities (LRAs) from being confronted with negative effects at the end of the chain;

 welcomes the six main 2030 targets as a start but regrets that most of the targets are not new. The CoR feels that more ambition and additional action is needed and encourages the Commission to start a continuous process of reviewing and adjusting targets towards the 2050 vision and to include the CoR in this process;

 points out that the post-pandemic recovery should focus on "One Health", acknowledging the interconnectedness between human, environmental and animal health;

 welcomes the new zero pollution hierarchy based on a "reverse pyramid" but regrets that "remedying and offsetting pollution-related damage" is given minimal consideration;

 calls for the polluter pays principle (PPP) to be better integrated into environmental legislation, in particular by lowering emissions limits to further reduce residual pollution and dealing with diffuse pollution from all sources, including agriculture;

 draws attention to the European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis , which shows that sub-optimal implementation of environmental legislation is most often the result of ineffective coordination between authorities, a lack of administrative capacity, insufficient funding, a lack of knowledge and data, insufficient compliance mechanisms and a lack of policy integration. The Zero Pollution Stakeholder Platform should foster better coordination among all levels of government and across policy areas. The CoR strongly supports the new platform and welcomes its own role in it as a recognition of the great importance of LRAs for the zero pollution ambition.

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New proposals on Industrial Emissions

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  • Revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive
  • Revision of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

 
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Europe’s air quality status 2022 report

The new Europe's air quality status report of 2022 prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) has been published.
It indicates that the vast majority of Europe’s urban population remains exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution.

 
01 Apr
 

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

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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.
https://ec.europa.eu/environment/zero-pollution-stakeholder-platform_en
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.
https://cor.europa.eu/en/news/Pages/achieve-zero-pollution-ambition-platform.aspx

A call for applications to partiicpate to the Platform Group has been opened.
https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/expert-groups-register/screen/expert-groups/consult?lang=en&groupID=3790&fromCallsApplication=true

 
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
https://www.cleanairblueskies.org/
And on the website of UNEP
https://www.unep.org/events/un-day/global-observance-2nd-international-day-clean-air-blue-skies

On 8 Septmeber the CoR Rapporteur on Zero Pollution, Ms SCHOUTEN (NL/GREENS) published a declaration in the CoR Twitter.
https://twitter.com/EU_CoR/status/1435513934291869696

 
07 Sep
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