To achieve better results on the ground, the European Union has also launched initiatives to improve national compliance with these laws. Engaged citizens are also key to improving compliance and a healthier environment. Therefore, environmental governance covers both compliance with environmental rules and active public engagement.
Commission support for compliance assurance at national level complements the Commission’s role in overseeing the implementation of EU environmental laws through infringements procedures.
With over 200 legal acts to monitor in 27 countries, this is a major task in the environmental field.
Environmental Implementation Review
The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is a regular reporting tool designed to improve the implementation of EU environmental laws and policies.
The European Commission ensures that all EU countries properly apply EU environmental law and launches infringement procedures when this is not the case.
Planning and proposing law
The Better Regulation agenda ensures evidence-based and transparent EU law-making based on the views of those that may be affected.
EU forests: Commission adopts new guidelines to support tree planting actions and to protect old-growth forests
Forests are the lungs of the earth. They play a vital role in maintaining the health and well-being of both humans and the planet.
UN Water Conference: EU joins efforts to address the global water crisis and ensure water security for all by 2050
From tomorrow, at the United Nations Water Conference in New York from 22 to 24 March, the EU will be confirming its strong engagement for global water security by announcing 33 commitments for action starting now.
Zero pollution: New EU report calls for stronger action to reduce harmful noise pollution
Today, the Commission published a report on the implementation of the Environmental Noise Directive, setting out how noise can be further reduced.