89 blog posts
  • An Ambitious Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy
    Published by Karmenu Vella18 August 2017

    An Ambitious Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy

    Protecting nature has always been a hot button issue for EU citizens. So it came as no surprise, when I was asked to review the state of EU nature legislation, to see the massive engagement from all over Europe. More than 500,000 people, the second highest turnout in the EU, replied to the Fitness Check consultation, with an enormous majority supporting the existing framework.
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  • #OurOcean 2017: An Ocean for Life
    Published by Karmenu Vella11 August 2017

    #OurOcean 2017: An Ocean for Life

    If you are reading this, it means you are in the air, returning to or coming from Malta. It also means you are most likely flying above the beautiful Mediterranean, Malta's own sea.
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  • Congratulation Karl-Heinz Lambertz on becoming President of European Committee of the Regions
    Published by Karmenu Vella19 July 2017

    Congratulation Karl-Heinz Lambertz on becoming President of European Committee of the Regions

    I warmly congratulate Karl-Heinz Lambertz on being elected President of the Committee of the Regions, and very much look forward to continue working with him closely in the coming years.
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  • Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn
    Published by Karmenu Vella13 July 2017

    Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn

    What are your main expectations regarding the informal meeting of environment ministers? From the Environment point of view, it's great to see the Estonia making eco-innovation a priority. And best of all, it's a file that that will be to the fore for the next 18 months, as it's been adopted as a priority by the next three Member States that will hold the Council presidency.
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  • Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn
    Published by Karmenu Vella13 July 2017

    Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn

    What are your main expectations regarding the informal meeting of environment ministers? From the Environment point of view, it's great to see the Estonia making eco-innovation a priority. And best of all, it's a file that that will be to the fore for the next 18 months, as it's been adopted as a priority by the next three Member States that will hold the Council presidency.
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  • Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn
    Published by Karmenu Vella13 July 2017

    Informal Council of the Environment Ministers in Tallinn

    What are your main expectations regarding the informal meeting of environment ministers? From the Environment point of view, it's great to see the Estonia making eco-innovation a priority. And best of all, it's a file that that will be to the fore for the next 18 months, as it's been adopted as a priority by the next three Member States that will hold the Council presidency.
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  • Protecting nature: an ambitious action plan
    Published by Karmenu Vella29 June 2017

    Protecting nature: an ambitious action plan

    Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, details how protecting nature, people and the economy is a priority in Europe
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  • 'European perspectives on a changing arctic"
    Published by Karmenu Vella15 June 2017

    'European perspectives on a changing arctic"

    This European Environment Agency (EEA) report contributes to the growing international discourse on the Arctic region. It is both timely and important, since it examines the increasingly rapid changes that are taking place in the Arctic from a European perspective. It considers the national, regional and global challenges and opportunities that are emerging as a result.
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  • EU takes the helm in a year of ocean mobilisation
    Published by Karmenu Vella7 June 2017

    EU takes the helm in a year of ocean mobilisation

    2017 will be remembered as the turning point in how the international community works together to protect the ocean, write Karmenu Vella and Isabella Lövin.
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  • Working for a greener future
    Published by Karmenu Vella23 May 2017

    Working for a greener future

    What do an architect, a plumber, a banker, a water engineer and an organic wine grower have in common? Not much, you might think. Well, actually they do: in one way or another, they are all making the circular economy happen.
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  • Naħdmu għal futur aktar Ekoloġiku
    Published by Karmenu Vella22 May 2017

    Naħdmu għal futur aktar Ekoloġiku

    X'hemm komuni bejn perit, plamer, bankier, inġinier tal-ilma u kultivatur tal-inbid organiku? Wieħed forsi jaħseb li m'hemmx ħafna affarijiet komuni. Iżda fil-fatt hemm xi ħaġa li b'xi mod jew ieħor tgħaqqadhom flimkien: kollha kemm huma qed jimplimentaw l-ekonomija ċirkolari.
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  • Lavorare per un futuro più verde
    Published by Karmenu Vella22 May 2017

    Lavorare per un futuro più verde

    Cosa hanno in comune un architetto, un idraulico, un banchiere, un ingegnere idraulico e un viticoltore biologico? Non molto, si potrebbe pensare, ma in realtà non è così: in un modo o nell'altro contribuiscono tutti all'economia circolare.
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  • Twilight for the trade in tusks
    Published by Karmenu Vella19 May 2017

    Twilight for the trade in tusks

    Almost exactly a year ago I was in Kenya, looking at the remains of an enormous pile of ivory. The ashes of 105 tonnes of ivory in fact, a stockpile sent up in smoke by the authorities in Nairobi. Rather than seeing it fuel the murderous trade that is killing elephants and the rangers who protect them all across the African continent, they decided, quite simply, to burn it.
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  • "Towards a Greener Future"
    Published by Karmenu Vella17 May 2017

    "Towards a Greener Future"

    An interview with Commissioner Vella for Parliament Magazine.
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  • EU calls for more efforts to protect the 100 million EU citizens exposed to noise levels harmful to their health
    Published by Karmenu Vella24 April 2017

    EU calls for more efforts to protect the 100 million EU citizens exposed to noise levels harmful to their health

    A conference on Noise Pollution organised in Brussels today, has called on EU Member States to intensify efforts to reduce noise from traffic. The conference is organised by the European Commission, and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Environmental Agency (EEA).
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  • Europe at 27: an honest debate
    Published by Karmenu Vella27 March 2017

    Europe at 27: an honest debate

    By European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner Karmenu Vella
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  • Joint statement by Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Hogan and Commissioner Vella on World Water Day
    Published by Karmenu Vella24 March 2017

    Joint statement by Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Hogan and Commissioner Vella on World Water Day

    On World Water Day the European Commission promotes innovative water reuse, which is good for jobs, farms and the environment. On 22 March 2017, we celebrate World Water Day.
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  • The azure window has been closed but with 'our ocean' conference we can still open a door
    Published by Karmenu Vella8 March 2017

    The azure window has been closed but with 'our ocean' conference we can still open a door

    Today one of Malta's most well known sites, the Gozo, Azure Window, collapsed into the sea after violent storms. It is hard to think that such an iconic symbol is lost. We are again reminded of the power of nature.
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  • "The European Union is forging ever stronger green and blue links to Indonesia"
    Published by Karmenu Vella21 February 2017

    "The European Union is forging ever stronger green and blue links to Indonesia"

    "The European Union is forging ever stronger green and blue links to Indonesia"
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  • Ackerbau und biologische Vielfalt
    Published by Karmenu Vella3 February 2017

    Ackerbau und biologische Vielfalt

    Die Europäische Union befragt alle Beteiligten, wie sich Landwirtschaft entwickeln soll.
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