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Pack Journaux Du 09 Decembre 2022

In response to Russia recognising the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and its decision to send troops into the region, the Council adopted a package of sanctions on 23 February 2022. These sanctions target

Pack Journaux du 09 Decembre 2022

On 16 December 2022, the EU adopted its ninth sanctions package against Russia.1 It includes a ban on new investments in the mining and quarrying sector. The professional services that cannot be provided to Russian entities or the Russian Government now includes market research, public opinion polling services, technical testing and analysis services and advertising services. Furthermore, the EU expanded the products subject to export-related restrictions to more industrial, high-tech and aviation goods. Additional derogations covering divestment from Russia and international trade in agricultural and food products apply. Finally, the EU designated 141 more individuals and 49 entities on the asset freeze list. Separately, the EU has taken various measures to step up sanctions enforcement.

In the European Parliament, the proposal has been referred to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). Ville Niinistö (Verts/ALE, Finland) was appointed as rapporteur. On 14 July 2021, the ENVI Committee held an exchange of views on the on the Fit for 55 package with Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans. On 14 September 2021, the Fit for 55 package was debated in the European Parliament plenary session. ENVI adopted its report on 17 May 2022 for vote in the June I 2022 plenary session. The report agrees with a new reporting system starting 2026 and is aligned with the 310 MtCO2e removal target yet adding a new additional target of 50 MtCO2e removals through carbon farming initiatives. The idea to merge LULUCF with non-CO2 agricultural emissions from 2031 was rejected in committee.

In the Council, environment ministers held a first exchange on the Fit for 55 package at an informal meeting on 20 July 2021. The Council Working Party on the Environment has completed a preliminary first reading of the proposal following examinations over the course of four meetings during autumn. An overview of progress made on Fit for 55 files in various formations within the Council, was released on 22 November 2021. The progress file contains details also on the LULUCF file and points to the need for further technical work. On 7 April 2022, the Agriculture ministers discussed the LULUCF proposal and expressed its overall support, with concerns raised on topics such as impacts of natural disturbances and post-2030 LULUCF credit transfers as included in the effort-sharing proposal (see separate files). 041b061a72


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