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Law and governance

The EU has a range of laws to improve environmental standards for Europeans and protect their quality of life. The EU ensures that national governments correctly implement these environmental laws. 

EU environmental law

The EU has passed many laws to improve the quality of the environment for Europeans.

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 EU monitors the implementation of its environmental laws to ensure compliance and enforcement in EU countries.

Legal enforcement

The European Commission ensures that all EU countries properly apply EU environmental law and launches infringement procedures when this is not the case.