Session 5.1

How civil society can facilitate implementation of environmental laws

In collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee

Poor and uneven implementation of environmental legislation is a notorious problem in Europe. The European Economic and Social Committee (the EESC) is therefore working on recommendations on how civil society could play a constructive role in the implementation of environmental laws. This includes ideas for the proper application and enforcement of environmental legislation that can bring ecological, social and economic gains and is therefore an area that could be of particular interest for everyone.

The Commission's EIR (Environmental Implementation Review) and the Green Week are good starting points for dialogues with stakeholders. The EESC supports the public debate at EU level on the efforts to bridge the implementation gap. Experience shows that not only can civil society facilitate environmental legislative implementation, but also, as highlighted for example by the French Yellow Vest movement, Europeans want to have a bigger say in the definition of public policy, and in particular environmental or climate policies.


István Komoróczki, Adviser to the President of the Hungarian National Federation of Consumer Co-operative Societies é Trade Associations and Member of the EESC

Arnaud Schwartz, National Secretary of France Nature Environment and Member of the EESC

Barbara Herrero, EU Nature Policy officer, Birdlife Europe


Peter Woodward, Quest Associates