06 Feb 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 06 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
Environmental Implementation Review: new way to help Member States apply EU rules benefits citizens, administrations and economy
Today the Commission adopted the Environmental Implementation Review, a new tool to improve implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules. This is the beginning of a new process. The Commission will address with Member States the causes of implementation gaps and find solutions before problems become urgent in areas such as waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality and water quality. Today’s package includes: 28 country reports which map national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses; a Communication summarising the political conclusions of the country reports and examining common trend; and recommendations for improvements to all Member States. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “Patchy and uneven implementation of environmental rules helps no one. Improving how environmental laws are applied benefits citizens, public administrations and the economy. This is where the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) comes in. The European Commission is committed to helping Member States make sure that the quality of their citizens’ air, water and waste management is of the highest standard. This Review provides the information, the tools and the timetable to do this”. Full implementation of EU environment legislation could save the EU economy €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. A press release and 28 factsheets for each Member State available online.
European Commission hosts second technical seminar on Article 50 Negotiations
The European Commission is today hosting a technical seminar on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. Mr. Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the UK, will chair the meeting, which includes senior officials from the EU27 Member States, the European Parliament and the Secretariat of the Council of the EU. The aim of the meeting is to create a common understanding of the key issues that need to be included in an orderly withdrawal agreement and will build on what was discussed at the previous seminar of 29 November 2016. In particular, today’s seminar will focus on issues surrounding the financial settlement and citizens’ rights. As this is a technical seminar only, there will be no press point afterwards.
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