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Eurobrief March 2012

CEMBUREAU submits comments to BAT Conclusions

On 16 March 2012, CEMBUREAU submitted technical comments on the draft Best Available Techniques (BAT) Conclusions for the Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide (CLM) BREF to the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS).

CEMBUREAU attends Ecodesign of kilns stakeholders meeting

On 26 March 2012, CEMBUREAU attended the third and final meeting regarding the ecodesign of industrial and laboratory furnaces and ovens, including cement kilns. As indicated in the February 2012 Eurobrief, the potential application of ecodesign criteria to cement kilns is not appropriate given that they form part of an integrated process.

7th EAP: latest developments

On 12 March 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation entitled “EU environment policy priorities for 2020: Towards a 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP)”.

Biodiversity report adopted in ENVI

On 21 March 2012 the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament adopted Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy’s (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, the Netherlands) draft report on the EU’s Biodiversity strategy.

6th LIFE+ call for proposals published

On 13 March 2012, the European Commission published the 6th LIFE+ call for proposals. LIFE+ is EU’s Financial Instrument for the Environment.

Commission green infrastructure webportal updated

The European Commission has updated the section of its website dedicated to green infrastructure (GI).

Better implementation of environmental legislation communication adopted

On 7 March 2012, the European Commission adopted a communication on “Improving the delivery of benefits from EU environment measures: building confidence through better knowledge and responsiveness”.