Italian Presidency Priorities in the Environment

On the afternoon of 23 July the Italian Environment Minister, Gian Luca Galletti, (Italian Minister for the Environment, the Protection of Natural Resources and the Sea), presented his Environmental agenda for the Italian Presidency.

His focus throughout was on  “Green Growth and Jobs”.

You can see his intervention below.

© European Union, 2014 — Source: European Parliament’European Parliament Environment Committee. Meeting 23 July 2014.  Second meeting of the 8th EP.

First Reading Target

In terms of legislative targets he spoke of taking to the first reading on:

  • Establishment and operation of a market stability reserve for the EU-ETS
  • Reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants/NEC-
  • Directive Limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants
  • Reduction of pollutant emissions from road vehicles/Euro 5 and 6
  • Amending Directives on waste, packaging and packaging waste, landfill of waste, end-of-life vehicles, batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators and on waste electrical and electronic equipment

2nd Reading Targets

  • Reduction of the consumption of plastic bags
  • Indirect land use change/ILUC


Morning Session

The morning session discussing the EU Budget, the UN Climate Summit and Novel Foods is below.





For a useful summary please see the Environment Committee’s Newsletter (July 2014). [spiderpowa-pdf src=””]


For a list of the dossiers currently being considered by the Environment Committee please visit here.

Fisheries Committee Debates CFP Implementation

At the 2nd meeting of the EP Fisheries Committee on Tuesday 22nd July the Committee discussed:

General budget of the European Union for the financial year 2015 – see 00 to 41 minutes

Exchange of views with Lowri Evans on the ‘overview of the state of play regarding the implementation of the CFP’ – see 41:00 to 1:55

Lowri Evans replies to the questions from the members between 1:19 to 1:28 and 1:46 to 1:55 are revealing.




© European Union, 2014 — Source: European Parliament’European Parliament Fisheries Committee. Meeting 22 July 2014.  Second meeting of the 8th EP.

Her call for mixed fish fisheries to start work from September to develop plans to  make sure the rules are in place by 1 January 2016 and not wait until then is revealing.

On the upcoming new rules coming into force on 1 January 2015, the Director-General made clear that the from the submitted plans  fishermen “know what’s going be there” (see 1:45).

She mentioned that some fishermen are doing great work on selectivity but others are not (see 1:22) and there was a need to encourage technology swaps.

She raised the cultural challenge of ensuring implementation (see 1:46) and wondered aloud why the Scottish East Coast Fishermen had done so much, but the Scottish West Coast fishermen seemingly had done so little.





The Environment Committee – Coordinators

Fisheries Committee – Leading Players

One of the more useful roles on any Committee is to be the Group coordinator.

It puts you in charge of bringing about an agreed Party line on issues.

Along with the national Chairs and Vice-Chairs, these are the point people, who have a great deal of influence on what comes out of the Committee.

The  Fisheries Committee Coordinators




A useful resource of the Fisheries Committee is the Trawler Newsletter which you can access here.