What is the Environmental Implementation Review?

EU citizens consider environmental protection to be of crucial importance. The European Union has some of the most ambitious environmental protection rules and policies in the world. However, their proper implementation remains a major cause of concerns to society.

In April 2019, the European Commission published a set of reports on the state of implementation of environmental laws in Europe: the Environmental Implementation Review.

The purpose of the Environmental Implementation Review  is to provide an informative picture of where each Member State stands, identifying their main shortcomings in implementing EU environmental legislation, as well as to recommend remedial priority actions and to provide support to those Member States lagging behind in terms of implementation, in particular through the peer-to-peer tool for technical assistance.

The EIR is designed as an ongoing process of analysis, dialogue and collaboration to improve the implementation of existing EU environmental policy and legislation in all Member States, punctuated every two years with release of country reports and with structured dialogues with the Member States.

The country reports provide added value for citizens and civil society organisations in the respective countries: they provide a comprehensive overview of the situation in each country, allow to compare their performance, to identify common challenges and also to share best practices.
The EIR is a fair source of information that enables citizens to push for better implementation of environmental legislation.

EU citizens consider environmental protection to be of crucial importance. The European Union has some of the most ambitious environmental protection rules and policies in the world. However, their proper implementation remains a major cause of concerns to society.

In April 2019, the European Commission published a set of reports on the state of implementation of environmental laws in Europe: the Environmental Implementation Review.

The purpose of the Environmental Implementation Review  is to provide an informative picture of where each Member State stands, identifying their main shortcomings in implementing EU environmental legislation, as well as to recommend remedial priority actions and to provide support to those Member States lagging behind in terms of implementation, in particular through the peer-to-peer tool for technical assistance.

The EIR is designed as an ongoing process of analysis, dialogue and collaboration to improve the implementation of existing EU environmental policy and legislation in all Member States, punctuated every two years with release of country reports and with structured dialogues with the Member States.

The country reports provide added value for citizens and civil society organisations in the respective countries: they provide a comprehensive overview of the situation in each country, allow to compare their performance, to identify common challenges and also to share best practices.
The EIR is a fair source of information that enables citizens to push for better implementation of environmental legislation.

EU citizens consider environmental protection to be of crucial importance. The European Union has some of the most ambitious environmental protection rules and policies in the world. However, their proper implementation remains a major cause of concerns to society.

In April 2019, the European Commission published a set of reports on the state of implementation of environmental laws in Europe: the Environmental Implementation Review.

The purpose of the Environmental Implementation Review  is to provide an informative picture of where each Member State stands, identifying their main shortcomings in implementing EU environmental legislation, as well as to recommend remedial priority actions and to provide support to those Member States lagging behind in terms of implementation, in particular through the peer-to-peer tool for technical assistance.

The EIR is designed as an ongoing process of analysis, dialogue and collaboration to improve the implementation of existing EU environmental policy and legislation in all Member States, punctuated every two years with release of country reports and with structured dialogues with the Member States.

The country reports provide added value for citizens and civil society organisations in the respective countries: they provide a comprehensive overview of the situation in each country, allow to compare their performance, to identify common challenges and also to share best practices.
The EIR is a fair source of information that enables citizens to push for better implementation of environmental legislation.

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What can you do as a citizen?

What can you do as a citizen?

Learn about situation in your country

Country reports and common challenges

What can you do as a citizen?

Do you have a concern?

Take an active role, report it. First contact the national authorities, in most cases, they are the relevant place to solve your issue. More information

You can also make a complaint directly at EU level, if you are sure that EU law has been breached. More information

Before you do so, check where the EU is already taking action, maybe your issue is in the process of being addressed. More information

What can you do as a citizen?

Participate in the EU Green Week!

Numerous events around Europe will take place between April and June. They will look at various challenges related to applying EU environmental legislation in different sectors, the benefits correct implementation can bring to both economy and society, and how to motivate all actors, including citizens, to take initiative. These events will provide you with an opportunity to exchange views, to learn and to have a say on the issues that are important to you. Why not participate in an event near you or join #EUGreenWeek on social media? You can also follow the Brussels Conference via webstreaming.