EU Environment Report - September 2012

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In This Issue:

- Automobiles:

..EU to extend exemption for lead in cars

- Chemicals

..New REACH restrictions on cadmium and lead published

..Prohibition on mercury in measuring devices extended

..New prohibition on certain phenylmercury products

- Eco-design/Eco-labelling

.. Energy labelling of electrical lamps and luminaires

- Energy

.. Parliament approves agreements on new Directives on marine fuels and energy

efficiency

- Other

..EU court rules against Italian GM maize ban

..Initiation of EU investigation into Chinese solar panels

..Denmark confirms plans to create a nanoregister

- The Months Ahead

..Workshops & Conferences

- Excerpt from EU court rules against Italian GM maize ban:

On 6 September 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) quashed a decision taken by Italy to require national authorisation of certain GMOs such as MON 810 maize, even after these had been authorised under the EU system, pursuant to Regulation No 1829/2003. The CJEU stated that Member States were only entitled to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of such GMOs which had already been authorised on the EU level and included in the EU’s common catalogue, where this was expressly provided for in EU law, for example in accordance with the “emergency measures” under Regulation No 1829/2003 or with the coexistence measures under Directive 2002/53.

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