European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

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The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) is a committee of the European Parliament. It has 68 members and a secretariat of 10 administrators. Its chairman is Matthias Groote, a German member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.[1]


During the 1990s it was unfavourably known as the Cinderella committee by MEPs, due to its low importance. However since then, under the chairmanship of Ken Collins, it has increased in powers. The co-decision procedure for legislation, which grants more powers to the Parliament, has been extended to more policy areas. Notably, the areas covered by this committee were the main recipients of these new powers. Also due to the rising importance of its issues (e.g. in regards to global warming), it has become one of the most important committees in Parliament. As well as becoming a major forum with the Parliament, the open sessions are usually well frequented by both business lobbyists and representatives from environmental NGOs.[2]


The committee is responsible for:

1. environmental policy and environmental protection measures, in particular concerning:

  • (a) air, soil and water pollution, waste management and recycling, dangerous substances and preparations, noise levels, climate change, protection of biodiversity,
  • (b) sustainable development,
  • (c) international and regional measures and agreements aimed at protecting the environment,
  • (d) restoration of environmental damage,
  • (e) civil protection,
  • (f) the European Environment Agency;

2. public health, in particular:

3. food safety issues, in particular:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  2. ^ Hoskyns, Catherine; Michael Newman (2000). Democratizing the European Union: Issues for the twenty-first Century (Perspectives on Democratization. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-5666-6. 

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