- Created on Friday, 08 April 2016 06:37
Parliament will demand drastic amendments
"The European Commission's proposal on the re-approval of the controversial plant protection product glyphosate does no longer have any chance". This declared the health policy spokesman of the biggest political group in the European Parliament (EPP), Dr Peter Liese. The European Parliament will vote on this question next week. "There are still different opinions among the political groups. Some are in favour of an immediate ban. Our Christian democratic group declares itself in favour of a temporally limited renewal of the authorisation under strict conditions. Thus, as the proposal is also highly controversial among Member States and could not find a majority there, the Commission's initial proposal is politically dead. Besides, the responsible Commissioner for Health Andriukaitis announced that he will not act against political majorities in both institutions, the Parliament and the Council. The Christian democrats speak out against an immediate prohibition. They acknowledge that glyphosate is a problematical substance; however they do not want to run the risk that, in the case of its prohibition, glyphosate will be substituted by even more poisonous substances. "We therefore need a prudent strategy. We want to prohibit, in particular, the pre-harvest use of glyphosate on crops to determine the date of harvesting as well as its use just before the harvest aiming at making the use of harvesting machines easier. In Germany, these particular treatments have been prohibited for a couple of years already. If the pesticide is used just before harvest, the danger of residues on food is of course much higher than when using it earlier". Furthermore, the 15-year authorisation should be shortened and the Commission is asked to prohibit dangerous co-formulants as soon as possible.
- Created on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 13:42
Necessary consequences from emissions scandal / important step to level playing field
Today, the European Commission presented its proposal for a new control system for cars and thereby drew the right consequences from the emissions scandal. Internal market spokesman, Dr. Andreas Schwab, and environmental policy spokesman, Dr. Peter Liese, of the EPP-Group in the European Parliament welcomed the proposal. According to them, it is right that the European Commission takes a close look on the member states' inspection work. In addition, it is planned that Member States may check each other, which means that. That means, for example when in Paris fine dust alarm appears, the German authorities can check if German or Italian cars actually comply with the pollution limit.
EU-Commission draws drastic consequences from emissions scandal / complete new control system for motor vehicles
- Created on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:11
Important step towards better protection of health and environment and to support municipalities
The European Commission is drawing drastic consequences from the emissions scandal. After the VW scandal and recently discovered further manipulations on cars, the EU Commission will shortly propose a completely new monitoring system. This was announced by the responsible Commissioner Elżbieta Bienkowska in a letter to the spokesperson of the largest group in the European Parliament (EPP Christian Democrats) in the environmental committee Dr. Peter Liese. Among other things, it is proposed that the European authority takes a good look on the member states' inspection work. Previously this was purely a national task. In addition, member states may check each other. That means, for example if in Paris fine dust alarm appears, German authorities can check if French or Italian cars actually comply with the pollution limit. Moreover, economic relations between testing companies and the car industry shell are unbundled. It has been widely criticized in the past that dependencies of the testing companies to single car companies do exist. "I highly welcome the announcement by the Commissioner. It was shameful for the EU and its member states that we were dependent on the assistance of the United States, to detect the manipulation at VW. This has revealed the weaknesses of our system. We need to pay more attention in Europe to the implementation of existing laws. This has always been a priority of my group. 400.000 people die prematurely because of air pollution. We may not leave municipalities which have difficulties complying with European clean air policy on their own" Liese said.
- Created on Thursday, 08 October 2015 13:55
Employees, component supplier and municipalities suffer / Stricter market surveillance needed / no condemnation of Diesel
In today's plenary debate on the VW emission scandal environmental and health spokesperson of the biggest group in the European Parliament (EPP-Christian democrats) Dr. Peter Liese emphasized effects on both health and environment. "The responsible persons of VW wanted to save some money, but they did it at the expense of environment and health. Nitrogen oxides are the main cause for ozone formation and there are causing constriction of the bronchi, aggravation of asthma and many other health problems. Due to the misconduct of the responsible persons the economic damage is now bigger than the costs would have been by complying with values. ", said Liese who is angry about the behaviour of the responsible persons at VW: " The fact that the former Chairman Winterkorn insists on his full pension and plays still an active role in the holding is intolerable for me. We need a deep examination and all people involved have to be held responsible", Liese added. At the same time it has to be examined why European authorities did not discover the fraud. "We have much more Diesel vehicles over here than in the US. However, US authorities found the problem, we did not. And some companies are very quiet in the moment. The European Commission has to take care of that", Liese said.
- Created on Thursday, 08 October 2015 13:41
Juncker's Commission after hearings even stronger than before
"The decision of the ENVI and ITRE committees in European Parliament makes Juncker's commission even stronger than before", this is the conclusion of the spokesperson in the Environmental Committee of the biggest political group in the European Parliament (EPP – Christian democrats), Peter Liese.
The Parliament's committees rejected Commission's designated Vice-president Alenka Bratusek with 13:112 votes. The proposed candidate for climate and energy, Miguel Arias Canete, was approved by a majority of 77 to 48 votes.
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