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Environment

Law and governance

The European Union has adopted many important laws on water, nature, air and waste. The European Commission ensures that national governments correctly apply EU environmental laws to improve environmental standards for Europeans.

Environmental governance

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.

Implementation

Environmental Implementation Review

The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is a regular reporting tool designed to improve the implementation of EU environmental laws and policies.

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.

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.

Publications

News

Justice
  • Press release

Enforcing EU laws: delivering the benefits to citizens

The European Commission adopted a Communication on the enforcement of EU law, setting out its work to ensure that EU law is complied with and citizens and businesses can benefit from the same rights across the EU