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Cracks between different political groups meant the Parliament could not pass a single proposal. But more than 60% of MEPs voted for separate resolutions, all of which supported the environmental bills, they said.
Yesterday (15 January) in Strasbourg, the Parliament voted on a series of resolutions put forward by theSocialists & Democrats, the liberals (ALDE), Greens, GUE/NGL, and Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy groups.
All called for pending EU laws on waste and recycling, known as the Circular Economy package, to be spared the axe from the Commission’s work programme for 2015.
The resolutions also pushed for guarantees over the future of expanded air pollution rules in revisions to the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive. There are concerns that they could be delayed.
Each group acted individually, after the European People’s Party (EPP) and European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) groups pulled out of talks for a joint resolution. They also put forward their own proposals.
None of the individual proposals were able to secure a majority. Liberals, Socialists and Greens did club together to vote for single amendments criticising the withdrawal of the bills. Each of the three groups’ amendments on waste and air quality received narrow majorities of between 327 and 332 votes.
Most EPP and ECR MEPs voted against the amendments, backing their own resolutions instead. Those avoided open criticism of the Commission’s plans, Bearder said.
While that can be interpreted as backing for the Commission’s drive to cut red tape from those groups, campaigners point to the fact that five out of the seven groups in the Parliament wanted the laws saved.
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