This initiative would update EU rules on industrial emissions to ensure industry keeps improving the EU’s environment. It aims to ensure industry uses techniques that create a more sustainable EU economy, and a cleaner environment that improves public health. In this way, the initiative supports the zero pollution ambition under the European Green Deal, as well as the EU’s policies on energy, climate and the circular economy (reducing resource consumption and waste generation and promoting the use of recycled materials). Due date: June 23rd.
The proposal builds on the existing and well-functioning RRF framework to provide additional support for measures needed to accelerate the Union’s efforts to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels in order to ensure a successful recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, in line with the Facility’s general and specific objective. EN 3 EN Furthermore, by introducing the concept of REPowerEU chapters the proposal promotes coordination and synergies between the measures supported under the RRF and other actions financed by other sources, including national funds. Due date: July 20th.
In 2013, the EU adopted an ecodesign measure on vacuum cleaners that set minimum energy efficiency requirements. This led to substantial energy savings for consumers. This initiative will review the measure in light of technological progress and assess whether to: include battery-operated and robot vacuum cleaners, as well as to set requirements for materials and the lifetime of vacuum cleaners. Due date: June 30th.
This initiative aims to facilitate renewable energy production projects. It will focus on key barriers to implementing renewable energy projects, including: the length of permitting procedures, the complexity of rules and processes for site selection and administrative authorisations, grid-connection issues, or staffing of permitting authorities. It will outline good practices addressing the identified barriers and good practices to facilitate power-purchase agreements, including across borders.
Under the current geopolitical circumstances, many European companies are facing supply chain disruptions. As a follow-up on their recent survey that considered these questions, this platform would like to hear now from European companies about their ideas for solutions to build supply chain resilience. The survey is organised on behalf of the European Commission by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), in collaboration with the Enterprises Europe Network. Due date: June 6th, 2022
This initiative, the single market emergency instrument (SMEI), aims to put in place a flexible and transparent mechanism to respond quickly to emergencies and crises that threaten the functioning of the single market. The initiative will ensure the coordination, solidarity and coherence of the EU crisis response and protect the single market’s functioning, ensuring: continued free movement of goods, services & people; smooth-running supply chains; and availability and access to goods & services. Due date: July 4th, 2022.
The report on the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation aims to evaluate how effectively it contributes to enforcing EU consumer laws; as well as to inform possible future reflections on how to strengthen the CPC pan-European enforcement network to increase cross-border enforcement no matter where a trader is based, tackle unfair practices affecting certain business sectors, and make the network more resilient in a crisis (e.g. COVID-19). Due date: June 27th, 2022.
External power supplies are power adaptors used to convert electricity from household power mains into lower voltages. They power e.g. smartphones, loudspeakers and laptops. This initiative aims to review the EU rules on these devices that have been in force since 2020. Objectives include promoting interoperability, facilitating the USB power delivery protocol and improving information requirements to help consumers identify external power supplies/chargers that are suitable for their devices.
In this consultation, the EC wants to know the public opinion about energy storage measures, which will guarantee the EU's gas supply in winter, The European Commission will summarize all the comments received and send them to the European Parliament and the Council to feed the legislative debate. Deadline: May 26th, 2022.
This initiative aims to tackle microplastics unintentionally released into the environment. It will focus on labelling, standardisation, certification and regulatory measures for the main sources of these plastics. It aims to improve the science on the risks and occurrence of microplastics in the environment, tap water and food; and to reduce environmental pollution and potential health risks, while respecting the principles of the single market and encouraging competitiveness and innovation. Due date: May 17th, 2022.
This initiative will propose EU rules on certifying carbon removals. It will develop the necessary rules to monitor, report and verify the authenticity of these removals. The aim is to expand sustainable carbon removals and encourage the use of innovative solutions to capture, recycle and store CO2 by farmers, foresters and industries. This represents a necessary and significant step towards integrating carbon removals into EU climate policies. Due date May 2nd, 2022.
A patent that protects technology essential to a standard is called a standard-essential patent (SEP). Patent-holders commit to licence their SEPs to users of the standard on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. However, some users have found that the system for licensing SEPs is not transparent, predictable or efficient. This initiative seeks to create a fair and balanced licensing framework and may combine legislative and non-legislative action. Due date May 9th, 2022.