#DrinkingWater, medicine assessments, reducing carbon dioxide emissions: news from the latest European Parliament meetings

The European Parliament had a busy week this September as they discussed and debated a number of highly important and relevant topics through plenaries and Committee meetings.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) approved a report which calls for a tightening of the maximum limits for certain pollutants and harmful bacteria in drinking water as well the introduction of new caps for some endocrine disruptors. The approved report will then be voted on during the October plenary of the European Parliament. Full debrief available here.

MEPs in turn highlighted the current complex barriers that prevent efficient accessing of medicine and innovative technologies in the EU, and in particular, the high prices of medicines and the lack of novel treatments for many diseases. The legislative report was approved by the ENVI Committee and will also be voted on beginning of October. Full article is available here. The Committee also approved a report prepared by MEP Miriam Dalli which called for carmakers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030 despite split opinions.

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