EU legislation

Report
EU legislation
General environmental legislation
Source:
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/environment/general_provisions/index_en.htm
EU legislation: General environmental
legislation
The Sixth Environment Action Programme, which
was adopted in July 2002, sets out the EU's priorities
for the period to 2010. Four areas are singled out for
priority action: climate change, nature and
biodiversity, the environment and health, and the
management of natural resources and waste. EU
environment policy is guided by the precautionary
principle and the "polluter pays" principle. Various
institutional, financial and management instruments
are available to ensure that it is implemented
effectively. The involvement of the general public is
also a key part of environment policy.
POLICY FRAMEWORK
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Sixth Environment Action Programme
Environment Policy Review - 2008
2007 Environment Policy Review
2006 Environment Policy Review
2005 Environment Policy Review
2004 Environmental Policy Review
2003 environment policy review
TRANSVERSAL POLICY OBJECTIVES
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Integrated product policy
Environment and health strategy
The European Union Ecolabel
Sustainable Consumption, Production and
Industry Action Plan
ORGANISATIONS AND AGENCIES
• European Environment Agency
• Scientific Committees for consumer safety,
public health and the environment
ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
• Towards a Shared Environmental
Information System (SEIS)
• European Pollutant Release and Transfer
Register (PRTR)
• Global Monitoring for Environment and
Security (GMES)
• Infrastructure for Spatial Information
(INSPIRE)
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
• General Obligations
– Environmental liability - Directive
– The precautionary principle
– Assessment of the effects of plans and programmes on the environment
(SEA Directive)
– Assessment of the environmental impact of projects
– Assessment of the environmental impact of projects - reportArchives
– Environmental inspections: minimum criteria
– Community guidelines on State aid for environmental protection
• Management instruments
• A programme for clean and competitive SMEs
– Environmental agreements
– Eco-labelArchives
– Integration of environmental aspects into European standardisation
FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
• Market-based instruments for the
environment
• LIFE+: a financial instrument for the
environment
• State aid for environmental protection
• The operational priorities of the European
Investment Bank
• Environmental taxes and charges
APPLICATION AND CONTROL OF
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
• Access to information, public participation and access to justice in
environmental matters
• The application of the Århus Convention to the Community
institutions
• Freedom of access to information
• Access to justice in environmental matters
• Protection of the environment through criminal law
• Implementation of Community environmental law in 2004
• Implementation of Community environmental law in 2003
• Implementation of Community environmental law in 2002
• The application of Community environmental legislation (2000-2001)
• Implementation and monitoring of the application of Community
legislation on the environment (1998-1999)
• Implementation and enforcement of Community environmental law
(1996-1997)

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