The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the Evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme to 2020, “Living well, within the limits of our planet”, running from 3 May 2018 until 26 July 2018. Any interested party, including private citizens, companies, organisations, public authorities, etc. are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
The Environment Action Programme (EAP) has nine priorities declined in:
3 key objectives:
- to protect, conserve and enhance the Union’s natural capital
- to turn the Union into a resource-efficient, green, and competitive low-carbon economy
- to safeguard the Union’s citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and wellbeing
4 actions (called “enablers”) that will help Europe deliver on these goals:
- better implementation of legislation
- better information by improving the knowledge base
- more and wiser investment for environment and climate policy
- full integration of environmental requirements and considerations into other policies
2 additional horizontal priority objectives complete the programme:
- to make the Union’s cities more sustainable
- to help the Union address international environmental and climate challenges more effectively.
The consultation has three sections: Section I asking information about you as a respondent; Section II about an environmental policy framework more generally; and Section III with more in-depth questions about the specific architecture and content of the 7th EAP. The questionnaire is available here, is made up of 20 questions, which take about 20 minutes to fill in. A written statement related to the 7th EAP Evaluation can be uploaded at the end (maximum size of 1 MB).
The EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) is currently preparing an opinion “Towards an 8th Environment Action Programme” to contribute to the EU long-term environment policy. The rapporteur is Mr Cor Lamers, Chair of the CoR Commission for Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE). A public consultation will be organised at Brussels on 22 June 2018 to debate the topic and exchange best practices, followed by a stakeholder workshop on the 7th Environment Action Programme organised by DG Environment of the European Commission and part of the evaluation process like the online consultation.