03/12/2013: New EU support to reduce illegal killing of elephants and other endangered species in developing countries
Today, the European Union has decided to support a programme that will improve the protection of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species such as marine turtles in the Caribbean and the Pacific. It will strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, help to improve law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings through training and operational support and establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.
03/12/2013: "Environmental challenges need both global and local solutions"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Video message for the Sustainability Days Oresund event (Malmö, Sweden)
02/12/2013: "Why protect nature? "
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Dinaric Arc Conference, Montenegro
27/11/2013: "Okolje in človekove pravice III: Odgovornost države za sanacijo onesnaženega okolja"
Govor komisarja za okolje Janeza Potočnika na posvetu organizaciji Varuha človekovih pravic Republike Slovenije v sodelovanju z Državnim svetom Republike Slovenije
22/11/2013: "Water: the need for innovation is urgent"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Closing remarks at the 1st Annual Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water, Strasbourg
25/11/2013: "Gospodarna raba virov kot pogoj za konkurenčnost gospodarstva"
Govor na Okoljskem srečanju 2013: Energija in voda – kombinacija za zagon slovenskega gospodarstva v organizaciji Poslovne akademije časnika Finance, Ljubljana
20/11/2013: European Commission welcomes the 7th Environment Action Programme becoming law
Today the Council and European Parliament signed into law the Decision on a 7th EU Environment Action Programme, which will guide EU policy action on environment and climate policy for the next seven years. This brings to a successful conclusion a process that started 12 months ago when the Commission tabled its proposal.
20/11/2013: European Commission takes Greece back to Court for waste water
The European Commission is referring Greece back to the European Court of Justice for poor treatment of urban waste water. The Court previously ruled in October 2007 that Greece was failing in its obligation to treat and dispose of urban waste water in an adequate manner, with 23 agglomerations across the country lacking the necessary collection and treatment systems. Six years after the Court's ruling, six agglomerations are still failing to comply with EU standards. The Commission is therefore asking the Court to impose fines, suggesting a lump sum of €11 514 081 and a daily penalty payment of €47 462 until the obligations are fulfilled.
20/11/2013: Novembrski paket kršitev: glavne odločitve
15/11/2013: Začenja se Evropski teden zmanjševanja odpadkov
Pogosto govorimo, kako pomembno je spodbujati državljane k zmanjševanju, ponovni uporabi in recikliranju odpadkov, vendar je zmanjševanje odpadkov najpomembnejše. V naslednjih sedmih dneh bo ta tema v središču pozornosti na Evropskem tednu zmanjševanja odpadkov. Cilj je povečati osveščenost o tem, kako spremeniti navade v Evropi, in spodbuditi razpravo o učinkoviti rabi virov in krožnem gospodarstvu. Projekt, ki ga usklajuje Združenje mest in regij za recikliranje in trajnostno upravljanje z viri (ACR+) in podpira program EU LIFE+, zdaj zajema 17 držav, vključno s 3 državami, ki niso članice EU.
13/11/2013: Business, citizens and environment to benefit from free access to EU satellite data
The European Commission will provide free, full and open access to a wealth of important environmental data gathered by Copernicus, Europe's Earth observation system. The new open data dissemination regime, which will come into effect next month, will support the vital task of monitoring the environment and will also help Europe's enterprises, creating new jobs and business opportunities. Sectors positively stimulated by Copernicus are likely to be services for environmental data production and dissemination, as well as space manufacturing. Indirectly, a variety of other economic segments will see the advantages of accurate earth observation, such as transport, oil and gas, insurance and agriculture. Studies show that Copernicus – which includes six dedicated satellite missions, the so-called Sentinels, to be launched between 2014 and 2021 – could generate a financial benefit of some € 30 billion and create around 50.000 jobs by 2030. Moreover, the new open data dissemination regime will help citizens, businesses, researchers and policy makers to integrate an environmental dimension into all their activities and decision making procedures.
07/11/2013: "Slovenija 2030 – Evropska razsežnost prihodnosti Slovenije"
Prispevek k 2. konferenci, v organizaciji Predsednika Republike Slovenije Boruta Pahorja, Ljubljana
07/11/2013: "We need a revolution"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, WRAP annual conference 2013 - Vision 2020: the path to a circular economy, London
06/11/2013: Na izbor za nagrado za zeleno prestolnico Evrope za leto 2016 prijavljenih dvanajst mest
Rok za oddajo prijav na izbor zelene prestolnice Evrope za leto 2016 je potekel. Za nagrado se poteguje naslednjih dvanajst mest iz enajst različnih držav.
05/11/2013: "Are we moving to a resource efficient future"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Europe Conference, Brussels
05/11/2013: "The Benefits of Green Infrastructure"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, EESC-CoR Conference on Green Infrastructure
05/11/2013: "Why do we need Ecolabels"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) Conference
04/11/2013: More citizens calling for greater nature protection
Almost nine out of ten Europeans believe that biodiversity loss – the decline and possible extinction of animal species, flora and fauna, natural habitats and ecosystems in Europe – is a problem, according to a new survey.
04/11/2013: Komisija predlaga zmanjšanje uporabe plastičnih vrečk
Evropska komisija je danes sprejela predlog, ki od držav članic zahteva, da zmanjšajo uporabo lahkih plastičnih nosilnih vrečk. Države članice lahko izberejo ukrepe, ki se jim zdijo najustreznejši, vključno z dajatvami, nacionalnimi cilji za zmanjšanje ali prepovedjo uporabe vrečk pod določenimi pogoji. Lahke plastične vrečke ljudje pogosto uporabijo samo enkrat, v okolju pa ostanejo na stotine let, pogosto v obliki škodljivih mikroskopskih delcev, ki škodujejo zlasti življenju v morjih.
04/11/2013: Questions and answers on the proposal to reduce the consumption of plastic bags
25/10/2013: "The future European economy"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, 3rd International Economic Forum (IWF) – Resource Efficiency, Baden-Baden
21/10/2013: "A European Strategy for Shale"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, FT Global Shale Energy Summit - "The Global Shale Revolution: Framing the Opportunities and the Risks", London
18/10/2013: How can we reduce marine litter?
The seas and oceans are increasingly becoming the waste dump of the planet. Plastic waste forms 80 % of the enormous waste patches in the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, with fatal consequences for numerous sea species. The European Commission is asking for opinions on how we can best address this problem. The public consultation is open until 18 December 2013.
18/10/2013: Water pollution is decreasing but a lot remains to be done
Water pollution caused by nitrates has decreased in Europe over the past two decades, but agricultural pressures are still putting water resources under strain. The latest Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive reveals that nitrates concentrations are slightly decreasing in both surface and groundwater and sustainable agricultural practices are more widespread. Although the overall trend is positive, nitrates pollution and eutrophication – the excess growth of weeds and algae that suffocates life in rivers and seas – are still causing problems in many Member States and further action is needed to bring the waters in the European Union to a good status within a reasonable timescale.
18/10/2013: "The world won’t wait for elections"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, European Environment Bureau’s Annual Conference
17/10/2013: European Commission takes Germany to Court over Access to Justice
The European Commission is taking Germany to Court over a loophole in its legislation on access to justice in environmental matters. Under EU legislation, Member States must ensure a legal review procedure for decisions taken in the context of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Industrial Emissions Directive. The Commission is concerned at apparent gaps in German legislation in this area, which may be restricting citizens' access to justice. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the Commission is therefore taking Germany to the EU Court of Justice.
17/10/2013: Commission takes Bulgaria to Court for failing to protect endangered species
The European Commission is taking Bulgaria to Court over its failure to protect unique habitats and important species. The case concerns the Kaliakra region, a migratory route and resting place for highly endangered species, where large numbers of wind turbines and other developments have been authorised without adequate assessments of their environmental effects. Although Bulgaria is committed to increasing the protection of rare species and habitats in the region, the reverse appears to be happening. On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the Commission is therefore taking Bulgaria to the EU Court of Justice.
17/10/2013: October infringements package: main decisions
16/10/2013: World Food Day: Commission underlines commitment to reducing food waste in Europe
Today marks World Food Day - an occasion to remind ourselves that around a third of food is wasted globally. This amounts to 1.3 billion tons per year according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. About 90 million tonnes of food is wasted annually in Europe – agricultural food waste and fish discards not included.
15/10/2013: "If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Launch of the EEA's Report on Air Quality 2013
11/10/2013: Preparation Environment Council, 14 October 2013
The first formal Environment Council under the Lithuanian Presidency will be held in Luxembourg on 14 October. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard will represent the European Commission. The Council will deal with environment-related points before moving on to climate issues, which form the bulk of the day's agenda. The main environment dossier is the proposed regulation on waste shipments, on which ministers will hold an exchange of views. On climate, the Council is due to adopt conclusions setting out its position for next month's UN climate change conference in Warsaw. It will also seek to finalise an agreement on 2020 CO2 emission standards for cars. Over lunch ministers will discuss green infrastructure. Any other business points include information from the Commission on the aviation part of the EU emissions trading system and on prospects for a global phase-down of HFC gases. A press conference will take place at the end of the meeting.
10/10/2013: European Union welcomes the signing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
Today Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, and Lithuanian Environment Minister Valentinas Mazuronis signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury on behalf of the European Union. The ceremony, in the Japanese town of Kumamoto, was attended by representatives of more than one hundred governments from around the globe. The Convention is the first new multilateral environmental agreement to be signed for more than ten years.
10/10/2013: Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy
09/10/2013: Commissioner Janez Potočnik welcomes the European Parliament's vote on the new Environmental Impact Assessment Directive
I welcome the outcome of today's vote on the Commission's proposal for a revised Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. This paves the way for much-needed changes that will modernise the current directive, in line with the REFIT agenda, improving its effectiveness and streamlining related administrative processes. Fundamentally, it's a vote of confidence in what has always been one of the foundations of EU environment policy, a key piece of legislation that ensures the concerns of citizens are taken into account when important new developments are needed.
09/10/2013: "Investing in nature is investing in our future"
Speech by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Video message for the 10th World Wilderness Congress, Salamanca
03/10/2013: Statement by Commissioner Potočnik on Rosia Montana mine proposal
For those of you posting or writing about Rosia Montana: I am very much aware of the issue and have been in contact with the Romanian Minister to seek reassurances that EU environmental law will be fully respected.
At present it is a matter for the Romanian authorities. No permit has been issued yet and no environmental impact assessment has been completed. In this case, the responsibility lies with the Romanian government to ensure that the project meets the requirements of all EU environmental laws. The Commission has also requested information from the national authorities via the EU PILOT system. The Commission urges the Romanian authorities to take duly into account all relevant EU legislation, including environmental impact assessment requirements during the authorization procedures.
The Commission is fully prepared to play its role in seeing that EU law is respected. We will continue to follow the case closely.
02/10/2013: "Valuing Scotland’s resources: priorities for today and for a sustainable future"
Video message at Scottish Resources Conference, Scotland