Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

plastic litter

(John Cameron, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


MEPs backed plans to improve consumers’ trust in tap water, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment than bottled water, on Thursday.

MEPs propose to tighten the maximum limits for certain pollutants such as lead (to be reduced by half), harmful bacteria, and introduce new caps for most polluting substances found in tap water. The report also backs the principle of water access for all in the EU.

The vote on this report, adopted by show of hands, closes Parliament’s first reading, which reached its position in October. However, EU ministers have not reached their position in time to open negotiations before the end of the legislative term. Negotiations will therefore start in the new parliamentary term, following European elections in May.

ʽʽWith a clear timetable, the European Parliament has shown itself to be up to the expectations of European citizens, ready to negotiate the text as early as November in order to reach an inter-institutional agreement before the end of the mandate. Despite all the efforts of the Romanian Presidency to make up for the delay in the Council, and the European Parliament presenting a general approach at the Council of Ministers on 5 March 2019, there is no longer time for manoeuvre to initiate inter-institutional negotiations, due to the European elections next May” said Michel Dantin (EPP,FR) on Wednesday.

Access to water

Member states should also take measures to provide universal access to clean water in the EU and improve water access in cities and public places, by setting up free fountains where technically feasible and proportionate. They should also encourage tap water to be provided in restaurants, canteens and catering services for free or for a low service fee.

Background

According to the European Commission, lower consumption of bottled water could help EU households save more than €600 million per year. If confidence in tap water improves, citizens can also contribute to reducing plastic waste from bottled water, including marine litter. Plastic bottles are one of the most common single use plastic items found on European beaches.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Burkina Faso : The EU reaffirms its support during this humanitarian and security crisis

3 lessons from running an AI-powered start-up in Africa

Germany may have a stable and more cooperative government

More state aid to big firms, no special provisions for the SMEs

‘No-deal’ Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach

UN sees progress in fight against tobacco, warns more action needed to help people quit deadly product

Health privatization to blame for health inequality or poor investment in public health?

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

I have a rare disease. This is my hope for the future of medicine

Migration crisis update: What are the chances of a fair deal at this EU Summit?

Merry Christmas from Erdogan, Putin, Mogherini and the Polish firefighter

UN political chief calls for dialogue to ease tensions in Venezuela; Security Council divided over path to end crisis

China and UK relations post Brexit as EU addresses Chinese takeovers

Veteran public official from Portugal elected to lead UN migration agency

Breaking news: Juncker’s Commission mutant trojan horse is on the loose in Strasbourg

Somalia has ‘once in a generation’ gender equality opportunity – UN Women chief

Jo Cox’s murderer believed the ‘leave’ campaign leaders that the ‘remain’ vote is treason

Brexit: Ensuring a smooth transition for car producers and safety on the roads

Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

This AI trash can is designed to stop you wasting food

Assembly of European Regions @ European Business Summit 2014: The European regions on the path to recovery

Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit to differ when issued from 10 Downing St.

‘The green economy is the future,’ UN chief says in Beijing, urging climate solutions that strengthen economies, protect the environment

It’s time to ‘eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence’, urges UN chief

This Japanese TV show about work-life balance is a big hit – here’s why

This is how we can feed the planet while saving the ocean

More women than ever are working in Hollywood, but men still dominate key roles

Terrorist content online: MEPs agree to start negotiations with EU countries

Deal on faster exchange of non-EU nationals’ criminal records

A Sting Exclusive: “There can be no global deal on emissions without China and the USA”, Conservative MEP Ian Duncan stresses from Brussels

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights marks its 10th anniversary

Actions not words: what was promised at the UN’s landmark climate summit?

EU-US trade talks go ahead despite Prism and civil rights breach

Yemen: Escalation in fighting must stop ‘before it’s too late’, Griffiths tells Security Council

Minority governments ‘à la mode’ in Europe but can they last long?

At Arab League Summit, Guterres reaffirms strong link between UN and people of Arab world

Eurozone: Avoiding a new Greek accident

Why enterprise risk management is the future for banks

The fires in the Brazilian amazon rainforest may be related to the increase in the number of hospitalizations for respiratory complications in the state of PARÁ

G20 LIVE: “This was not an attack against France, this was an attack against the universal human values!”, EU President Juncker cries out from G20 in Antalya Turkey

3 technologies that could define the next decade of cybersecurity

Europe must remember its past to build its future

Brexit uncertainty keeps shaking the world’s financial markets

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about to hit the construction industry. Here’s how it can thrive

EU takes again positive action on migration crisis while Turkey asks for dear favors in exchange for cooperation

Charges against Baha’i in Yemen must be dropped: UN experts urge release of detainees

COP21 Business update: Companies urge now for carbon pricing as coal is still a big issue

The European Union’s Balkan Double Standard

5G will drive Industry 4.0 in the Middle East and Africa

Ethiopia planted 350 million trees in a day. And its fight against deforestation does not stop there

Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on fulfilment of visa-free requirements by Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries

UN chief calls for ‘immediate end’ to escalation of fighting in southwestern Syria, as thousands are displaced

Davos: Why the global elites couldn’t find answers this year?

Deutsche Bank slammed by the US-based trio of IMF, Fed and Moody’s

Why did Cameron gain absolute majority? What will he do now? Will he vote ‘yes’ in Britain’s in – out EU referendum?

Abuse of authority provisions adopted by the Senate raise concerns over Brazil’s capacity to ensure independence of prosecutors and judges in fighting corruption

Energy of African youth ‘propelling’ new development era as UN ties bear fruit

Reparations for sexual violence in conflict – ‘what survivors want most, yet receive least’

Bacteria vs. humans: how to fight in this world war?

Central Africa Republic: Violence drives thousands of refugees into neighbouring DR Congo, says UN agency

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s