A public consultation on the development and maintenance of an EU Environmental Implementation Portal was launched. This consultation is a part of the Feasibility study on the development and maintenance of an EU Environmental Implementation Portal (EIP).
The EU collects and disseminates a significant amount of information in relation to the implementation of its environmental policies and laws, including data and indicators, regular reports on implementation, guidance documents and sharing of good practices. This information is provided by a variety of actors. Many users have commented that this kind of information is difficult to find because there is no “one stop shop” for policy makers, stakeholders and the interested public.
With the start of the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), aiming to improve environmental compliance and governance in EU, the call for a portal to improve access to such information has become louder. To help fill this gap, in the recent Communication on Environmental Compliance and Governance (adopted in 2018) the Commission decided to introduce a dedicated action to explore the setting up of a wider Environmental Implementation Portal (EIP).
This feasibility study is the first step in implementing this action and towards the potential development of the EIP. This study will test assumptions about the need for and potential benefits of an EIP for different users as well as investigating the technical and resource requirements. It will help provide the Commission with evidence to inform a decision on whether a portal is the best way to meet the need for improved environmental information and implementation, and if it is, how it should be developed.
The purpose of the EIP would be to provide users with a single entry point for information relevant to the implementation of EU environmental policies and laws.
Your views are important as this open public consultation aims to gather information on potential user groups for an EIP as well as their potential information needs in relation to environmental implementation. The objectives of this consultation are, therefore, to collate the views of people who use environmental information in a professional capacity as well as the wider public on:
- the experience of using environmental and similar online portals and websites to access environmental information;
- reasons and rationales for using environmental information accessed online;
- perceptions of positive and negative characteristics of web pages, portals and other online search methods used;
- current and potential future needs for environmental information; and aspirations for a new EIP.
Further information on this feasibility study can be found in this EIP project overview leaflet.
Replies may be submitted in English language only. It takes approximately 15 minutes to fill in the questionnaire. You may interrupt your session and any time and continue answering at a later stage. If you do so, please remember to keep the link to your saved answers as this is the only way to access them. Once you have submitted your answers online, you will be able to download a copy of the completed questionnaire.
Publication of contributions
Please note that the responses received will be published on the European Commission’s website. However, we are not collecting any personal data in this questionnaire. Your answers will therefore be anonymous. Please ensure that you do not add any personal data in the free text or in any documents uploaded.
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- Access the survey here.