what is environmental implementation review and why it is important?

According to the latest Eurobarometer on attitudes of European citizens towards the environment, more than nine out of ten respondents (94%) consider protecting the environment as important to them personally. These findings have remained broadly consistent over the last ten years. More than eight out of ten Europeans (87%) agree that they can play a role as individuals in protecting the environment in their country.

Implementation is key to achieving our environmental objectives. The reasons for inadequate implementation of EU environmental rules are many-fold and differ not only from one Member State to another, but also between sectors.

This is why the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) was launched in 2017.

The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) aims at improving implementation in the field of EU environmental policy, by identifying the causes of implementation gaps in order to address systemic obstacles to environmental integration across policy sectors.

The EIR consists of a set of reports issued every two years, mapping for each EU Member State the main challenges in the implementation of European environmental policy and legislation, as well as existing good practices and points of excellence through country-specific reports.

Implementation gaps are addressed in a comprehensive and crosscutting way, covering major fields of environmental legislation and all the Member States.

Based on that diagnostic, the Commission accompanies the Member States' own actions with technical and financial support and if necessary, with expertise underpinning structural reforms. Notably, the so-called Peer-to-Peer tool accompanying the EIR, finances concrete learning and exchanges between Member States, at national, regional and local levels.

The EIR provides citizens with an informative and concise picture of where each Member State stands as regards its main environmental implementation gaps, which reflects the existing, agreed policy objectives and key obligations defined by the EU environmental legislation. It allows citizens to be part of that picture through a better understanding on what can and/or still needs to be done at an individual or local level.

 

According to the latest Eurobarometer on attitudes of European citizens towards the environment, more than nine out of ten respondents (94%) consider protecting the environment as important to them personally. These findings have remained broadly consistent over the last ten years. More than eight out of ten Europeans (87%) agree that they can play a role as individuals in protecting the environment in their country.

Implementation is key to achieving our environmental objectives. The reasons for inadequate implementation of EU environmental rules are many-fold and differ not only from one Member State to another, but also between sectors.

This is why the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) was launched in 2017.

The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) aims at improving implementation in the field of EU environmental policy, by identifying the causes of implementation gaps in order to address systemic obstacles to environmental integration across policy sectors.

The EIR consists of a set of reports issued every two years, mapping for each EU Member State the main challenges in the implementation of European environmental policy and legislation, as well as existing good practices and points of excellence through country-specific reports.

Implementation gaps are addressed in a comprehensive and crosscutting way, covering major fields of environmental legislation and all the Member States.

Based on that diagnostic, the Commission accompanies the Member States' own actions with technical and financial support and if necessary, with expertise underpinning structural reforms. Notably, the so-called Peer-to-Peer tool accompanying the EIR, finances concrete learning and exchanges between Member States, at national, regional and local levels.

The EIR provides citizens with an informative and concise picture of where each Member State stands as regards its main environmental implementation gaps, which reflects the existing, agreed policy objectives and key obligations defined by the EU environmental legislation. It allows citizens to be part of that picture through a better understanding on what can and/or still needs to be done at an individual or local level.

 

According to the latest Eurobarometer on attitudes of European citizens towards the environment, more than nine out of ten respondents (94%) consider protecting the environment as important to them personally. These findings have remained broadly consistent over the last ten years. More than eight out of ten Europeans (87%) agree that they can play a role as individuals in protecting the environment in their country.

Implementation is key to achieving our environmental objectives. The reasons for inadequate implementation of EU environmental rules are many-fold and differ not only from one Member State to another, but also between sectors.

This is why the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) was launched in 2017.

The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) aims at improving implementation in the field of EU environmental policy, by identifying the causes of implementation gaps in order to address systemic obstacles to environmental integration across policy sectors.

The EIR consists of a set of reports issued every two years, mapping for each EU Member State the main challenges in the implementation of European environmental policy and legislation, as well as existing good practices and points of excellence through country-specific reports.

Implementation gaps are addressed in a comprehensive and crosscutting way, covering major fields of environmental legislation and all the Member States.

Based on that diagnostic, the Commission accompanies the Member States' own actions with technical and financial support and if necessary, with expertise underpinning structural reforms. Notably, the so-called Peer-to-Peer tool accompanying the EIR, finances concrete learning and exchanges between Member States, at national, regional and local levels.

The EIR provides citizens with an informative and concise picture of where each Member State stands as regards its main environmental implementation gaps, which reflects the existing, agreed policy objectives and key obligations defined by the EU environmental legislation. It allows citizens to be part of that picture through a better understanding on what can and/or still needs to be done at an individual or local level.

 

Resources

You are a local, regional or national authority and you need support to better implement environmental legislation?

The European Commission facilitates peer-to-peer learning between environmental authorities to share good practice in environmental implementation and governance between Member States.

Apply now to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and invaluable know-how of thousands of experts working in environmental authorities across Europe!

You can also apply for EU funding for projects related to the implementation of environmental legislation.

You are a local, regional or national authority and you need support to better implement environmental legislation?

The European Commission facilitates peer-to-peer learning between environmental authorities to share good practice in environmental implementation and governance between Member States.

Apply now to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and invaluable know-how of thousands of experts working in environmental authorities across Europe!

You can also apply for EU funding for projects related to the implementation of environmental legislation.

You are a local, regional or national authority and you need support to better implement environmental legislation?

The European Commission facilitates peer-to-peer learning between environmental authorities to share good practice in environmental implementation and governance between Member States.

Apply now to benefit from the wealth of knowledge and invaluable know-how of thousands of experts working in environmental authorities across Europe!

You can also apply for EU funding for projects related to the implementation of environmental legislation.

Take Part

Participate in the EU Green Week!

You are a citizen, an NGO or a public entity: Do you have ideas or experiences that you would like to share with others? Why not to organise a partner event or participate in one that is already planned by somebody else?

Numerous events will look at various challenges related to applying EU environmental legislation in different sectors, the benefits correct implementation can bring to both economy and socieity, and how to motivate all actors, including citizens, to take initiative. Those events will provide an opportunity to network, share and learn from best practices. Many events will be livestreamed on our webpage.

Participate in the EU Green Week!

You are a citizen, an NGO or a public entity: Do you have ideas or experiences that you would like to share with others? Why not to organise a partner event or participate in one that is already planned by somebody else?

Numerous events will look at various challenges related to applying EU environmental legislation in different sectors, the benefits correct implementation can bring to both economy and socieity, and how to motivate all actors, including citizens, to take initiative. Those events will provide an opportunity to network, share and learn from best practices. Many events will be livestreamed on our webpage.

Participate in the EU Green Week!

You are a citizen, an NGO or a public entity: Do you have ideas or experiences that you would like to share with others? Why not to organise a partner event or participate in one that is already planned by somebody else?

Numerous events will look at various challenges related to applying EU environmental legislation in different sectors, the benefits correct implementation can bring to both economy and socieity, and how to motivate all actors, including citizens, to take initiative. Those events will provide an opportunity to network, share and learn from best practices. Many events will be livestreamed on our webpage.