The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views on the 7th EU Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP), which will set out priority objectives to be pursued up until 2020. The consultation remains open until 1 June.
In recent months, the Commission has adopted a number of strategic initiatives on environment policy – the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and a Communication on improving the implementation of EU law. They aim at improving Europe’s competitiveness and enhancing its ecological resilience and are an integral part of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The 7th EAP should provide an overarching, coherent framework for these strategic initiatives, setting out priority objectives and showing clearly how environment policy can contribute to green growth and deliver better health and well-being. It should secure the commitment of all actors concerned – EU institutions, Member States, regional and local administrations, businesses and private sector stakeholders, NGOs and civil society – to a common agenda.
In particular, the 7th EAP should secure commitment to:
* improving the implementation and enforcement of EU environmental rules in order to deliver better environmental outcomes
* making sure that other EU policies also deliver on climate and environment objectives
* having access to sound evidence and the latest scientific knowledge as a basis for environmental policy-making and implementation
* filling significant policy gaps, where justified by the latest scientific information and in line with the precautionary approach.
The results of the public consultation, together with the views of the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee, will inform the further development of the Commission’s proposal for the 7th EAP, which it plans to present before the end of this year.
The consultation can be filled in at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/7eap_en.htm