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 69 full members [1] . Its current chair is Adina-Ioana Vălean, a Romanian member of the European People's Party. [2]

Committees of the European Parliament

The Committees of the European Parliament are designed to aid the European Commission in initiating legislation.

Adina-Ioana Vălean politician

Adina-Ioana Vălean is a Romanian politician and Member of the European Parliament.

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Evolution

During the 1990s its relatively low importance led to its being referred to unfavourably by MEPs as the "Cinderella committee". However, since then the committee's powers have increased. The co-decision procedure for legislation, which grants greater 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. The rising importance of the issues it deals with (for example, global warming) has also meant that it has become one of the most important committees in Parliament. The committee's open sessions, as well as constituting a major forum within the Parliament, are usually well attended by both business lobbyists and representatives from environmental NGOs. [3]

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"Cinderella" or The Little Glass Slipper, is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances, that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. The story of Rhodopis, recounted by the Greek geographer Strabo around 7 BC, about a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt, is usually considered to be the earliest known variant of the Cinderella story. The first literary European version of the story was published in Italy by Giambattista Basile in his Pentamerone in 1634; the version that is now most widely known in the English-speaking world was published in French by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. Another version was later published by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812.

Global warming rise in the average temperature of the Earths climate system and its related effects

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Responsibilities

The committee is responsible for [4] :

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

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2. public health, in particular:

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3. food safety issues, in particular:

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