01 Jul 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 01 JULYBrussels Daily
Statement by Commissioner Vella on first reading agreement on the National Emissions Ceiling Directive to reduce air pollution
On 30 June 2016 the Council and the European Parliament reached a first reading agreement on a directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants. The new National Emissions Ceiling Directive sets stricter national limits from 2020 to 2029 and from 2030 onwards. EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella welcomed the agreement: “Air pollution is the number-one environmental cause of death in the EU, leading to over 400,000 premature deaths each year. The agreement reached will cut those impacts by half over the coming years. It will also deliver direct savings to the economy from fewer lost working days and lower health-care costs and stimulate investments in new technologies and green growth. The negotiations were difficult and complex, but the institutions came together in a spirit of compromise. With this agreement, the EU has acteddecisively on an issue of crucial importance to our citizens.”Full statement available here.
College meets with Slovak government to launch Presidency of the Council of the EU
Today, Friday 1 July,European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, offered the Slovak Government the full support of his Commission as the country launches its first-ever Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In his remarks following the meeting in Bratislava between the College of Commissioners and the Slovak Government, President Juncker said the programme of the Slovak Presidency was “in perfect harmony with the European Commission’s programme”. The President underlined that the Commission would forge ahead with its political priorities in all areas. He highlighted that one of the most important challenges facing the European economy was the “lack of investment”, which is why the EU needed to “prolong the Investment Plan for Europe which is turning into a real success story with €107 billion of new investment already.” The Slovak Presidency website is now online: http://www.eu2016.sk/en. President Juncker‘s remarks will be available here.