Environment support to and cooperation with these countries is of strategic importance for the EU to achieve objectives inside the EU and to improve the quality of life of the citizens of partner countries and their competitiveness.
The EU and its neighbours share common challenges, in particular transboundary pollution or loss of biodiversity in our shared environment (shared regional seas, shared rivers, shared biodiversity; addressing these challenges requires everybody's involvement and concerted action.
Our EU Member States will not meet commitments under EU legislation if we do not engage the action of our neighbours. In addition, by promoting environmental cooperation, the EU improves the quality of life of citizens since we focus on basic services, modernisation of industries, investments, etc. One of the three NIF priorities is environment since environment is an infrastructure-intensive sector. This is how the EU promotes "sustainable economies and sustainable growth".
Enlargement - https://ec.europa.eu/environment/enlarg/index_en.htm
European neighbourhood - https://ec.europa.eu/environment/international_issues/eu_neighbourhood_en.htm
Strategic partners - https://ec.europa.eu/environment/international_issues/relations_canada_en.htm