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Carnegie Oldpark – European Heritage Open Days

Saturday 10th September
Carnegie Oldpark Library, 46 Oldpark Road, Belfast BT14 6FR
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Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Wednesday 14th September
European Commission, Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
See website for details

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Environment Ireland – State of Ireland’s environment 2016

Thursday 22nd September
Croke Park, Dublin
See website for details

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NIEL Annual Conference 2016 – Delivering Prosperity Through The Environment

Friday 30th September
Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL
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Costs of non implementation 5 April 2012

Failing to implement environment legislation is thought to cost the EU economy around €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. In an effort to reduce that figure and deliver better environmental outcomes for people and businesses, the European Commission has issued a communication on better implementation of EU environment law. Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik said: “EU law is not an invention from Brussels; it is democratically adopted by all Member States and the Parliament for the benefit of citizens. Our environment is protected by some 200 pieces of well established law, but all too often they are not properly applied. This doesn’t just harm the environment – it also damages human health, leads to uncertainty for industry, and undermines the Single Market. In a time of crisis, these are costs we cannot afford.” The communication underlines the positive benefits of environment law, showing how preventing damage to the environment can cost far less than long–term remediation. Environment legislation can bring advantages to industry: full implementation of EU waste legislation would generate an additional 400,000 jobs, for example, with net costs that are €72 billion less than the alternative scenario of non–implementation. The outcome of discussions between the three EU institutions will prepare the ground for the 7th Environment Action Programme.

See here for further information.