EU environment stakeholders have been busy in October with the final round of talks for COP21 and the first formal debate on the EU ETS reform. Also on the menu: the latest news on car emissions standards in the wake of the Volkswagen Scandal and a vote on the NEC Directive in the European Parliament.
November will be as busy, with a debate by MEPs to discuss the Commission’s mid-term biodiversity strategy review (9 November) and an ECOFIN Council, during which EU Finance ministers will decide on Europe’s contribution to climate finance (10 November). Last but not least, the long-awaited Circular Economy Package is due on 2 December, and – good news for stricter chemical legislation – 8 EU countries and Norway have formed a coalition called REACH UP. More details to come, next month, with environment journalist, Sonja van Renssen.