Opening session

Setting the Scene: Challenges and expectations from the implementation of environmental legislation

EU Green Week is built around a simple truth – a law is only useful when it is actually put into practice. With that in mind, delegates will be asking throughout the week how the implementation of environmental laws can be improved. What works, what doesn’t, where are the bottlenecks, and how can they be removed? This opening session will set the scene by looking at implementation from a variety of angles, with stories from national, regional and local authorities, business, and elements of civil society. Delegates will be asking if these successes can be replicated in places where they are needed most?

Recording of the session


Karmenu Vella, Member of the European Commission responsible for Environment, Marine Affairs and Fisheries

Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille

Nicolas Humez, Regulatory Affairs Director, SARP Industries and Chairman, Hazardous Waste Europe

Ester Asin, Director, WWF European Policy Office

Professor Dimitris Dermatas, Chair, IMPEL (European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law)


Aminda Leigh, Moderators Europe