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 calls for agreement on global rules to end plastic pollution
On Monday, the second high-level round of negotiations on the way to achieving a global treaty against plastic pollution starts in Paris. Commissioner Sinkevičius will represent the Commission at the high-level meeting organised by the United Nations.
Meet the applicant cities for the 2025 European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards
Several European cities are vying for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and a healthier environment for their residents.
Climate change mitigation policies that reduce air pollution and promote healthy lifestyles could save over 2 million lives in England and Wales by 2050
Issue 600: A new modelling study highlights the health co-benefits of actions towards achieving the UK’s 2050 net zero targets.