On Monday 6 February, the Commission presented the Environmental Implementation Review, a tool to improve implementation of EU environmental policy. It brings about a new framework for sharing solutions, involving dialogue with Member States, and a peer-to-peer tool that will make it easier for Member States to support each other.
Main implementation gaps
This first review 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 following three elements are included:
- 28 country reports, providing an overview of how environmental policy and legislation are being implemented, and what the identified strengths and weaknesses are in each Member State.
- A Communication summarising the political conclusions of the country reports and examining common trends, in areas such as air quality, waste management and the circular economy, water quality and protecting nature and biodiversity.
- Recommendations for improvements, summarising suggestions communicated to Member States.
The objective of the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is to support delivering the objectives of existing EU environmental policies and legislation. The Review is published every two years, with the next Review scheduled for 2019. Based on the reports high level discussions in the Environment Council are envisioned and the country reports will be discussed bilaterally with the Member States.