06 Feb 2017
OVERVIEW OF EU ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES – 03 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
The Environmental Implementation Review
The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is a tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law and legislation. It aims to address the causes of implementation gaps and try to find solutions before problems become urgent.
The EIR is a two-yearly cycle of analysis, dialogue and collaboration, with publication of country reports and discussions between the European Commission, EU Member States and stakeholders.
Country reports and common challenges
The European Commission published the first ever comprehensive overview of how EU environmental policies and laws are applied on the ground. It shows that environmental policies work but that there are big gaps in how these rules and policies are put into practice across Europe. The most pressing implementation gaps across EU Member States are found in the policy fields of waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, noise and water quality and management.
The European Implementation Review package (adopted the 3rd February 2017) includes:
- 28 country reports which map national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses. The reports and factsheets are available in the map below.
- A Communication identifying common challenges across countries and how to combine efforts to deliver better results.
- An Annex to the Communication that summarises suggested actions for improvement for all EU Member States.