Op 9 april 2019 keurde de Europese Raad een nieuwe richtlijn goed over havenontvangstvoorzieningen voor de afgifte van scheepsafval. De richtlijn vervangt de bijna twintig jaar oude richtlijn 2000/59/EG.
Today the Council (EPSCO) endorsed the political agreement on the Energy Efficiency Directive, following the European Parliament's overwhelmingly positive vote of 11 September (632 in favour, 19 abstentions, 25 against). The Energy Efficiency Directive brings forward legally binding measures to step up Member States' efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption. It also requires Member States to set indicative national targets for 2020. It is expected that the Energy Efficiency Directive will make a significant contribution towards putting the Union on track towards its 20% energy efficiency target for 2020.