On 25 April, the European Parliament’s environment committee adopted a number of amendments for strengthening the EU’s 7th Environment Action Programme (7EAP), proposed by the European Commission last year.
For example, the MEPs called for binding 2030 targets for carbon reduction, renewables and energy efficiency. Although the environment action programme only deals with the period to 2020, the parliament feels long term certainty must be given now.
The Parliament will now discuss the 7EAP with the Council (member states’ representatives) and the Commission in trialogue negotiations, starting at the end of May. A vote in plenary could be held in July.
Source: ENDS Europe Daily, 26 April 2013