We were pleased to welcome Sabina Magnano, Head of Unit of the ENVI Committee at the European Parliament, to this breakfast meeting. Ms Magnano reflected on the trends she witnessed over the past five years in terms of the ENVI Committee activities, as well as her thoughts on what the future holds for the committee.
The ENVI Committee trends in the eighth European Parliament were first discussed. A clear trend can be identified from the 8th term: although the ENVI Committee make up 41.11% of the total amount of adopted legislative files under the 8th term (just behind the LIBE and ECON Committees), there has been a reduction of 33% in the number of legislative files attributed to the ENVI Committee.
In the 7th term, 13% of the proposals were attributed to the ENVI committee, which was the one with the highest number of legislative proposals. This has changed under the 8th term, since ENVI is now the 3rd biggest committee. This shows that although the decrease is not that important, ENVI issues are not as prioritised as compared to the past.
The different trends in terms of stages of conclusion of legislation were also discussed during the briefing. We learned that there hasn’t been any conciliation since 2011, and that the number of 2nd readings has remained stable.
Energy and climate were part of Juncker Commission’s priorities. For the first time, there was a Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union as well as a Commissioner in charge of climate action and energy. Four main proposals on environment stemmed from the committee in the 8th term, including the waste package and the circular economy package, but this number was a bit disappointing compared to the past. Similarly, health and food safety areas were neglected during the 8th term, with only one proposal on health during this legislature. The reform of general food law was also the only proposal inthe field of food safety.
In the future, we can expect climate to remain a priority of the new Commission. The environment, sustainability, sustainable development, biodiversity, the circular economy, and chemicals are also expected to be top priorities.
Agnes Leroux, Vice-Chair of the Energy, Transport & Chemicals Task Force at the chamber, reflected on the event: “We had the chance to hear directly from Ms. Sabina Magnano, head ofunit for the EP ENVI committee, who shared very interesting insights on key dossiers from the last term, and predictions for the 2019-2024 period. We can expect the ENVI committee to have a say on key dossiers, such as climate change, sustainability goals, biodiversity, circular economy (expected to be a top priority), as well as chemicals, Pharmaceutical in the Environment andendocrine disruptors”.
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Sabina Magnano is the current Head of Unit of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) at the European Parliament, and has been since 2014. Prior to this, she has held a number of positions within the European Parliament, as the Head of Unit for the EMPL Committee from 2012 to 2014, Head of Unit for the FEMM Committee from 2009 to 2012, and Head of Secretariat for the Temporary Committee on Climate Change. Between 2000 and 2007, Sabina Magnano was working as an administrator in the ENVI Committee, and from 1997 to 2000, as an administrator in the Legislative Coordination Service at the European Parliament. Sabina Magnano graduated in Political Sciences from the Università di Catania, and holds a Master of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges.