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Evaluation

To what extent are we living well, within the limits of our planet? Is it useful to have a common strategy for environment policy-making in the EU? What are the lessons learnt from studying the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and coherence of the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP), from 2013-2019?

Finalised on 15 May 2019, these are some of the questions that the Evaluation of the 7th EAP has looked into.

In summary, the Action Programme has been an important governance tool with a useful and relevant 2050 vision to guide environment policy across the European Union. It has created strong links to national strategies, and thus enabled faster and better-coordinated actions. The 7th EAP has facilitated an important shift in policy-making by recognising that climate and environmental protection is a driver for green growth, a healthy planet and improved wellbeing for individuals. The consensus built around the 7th EAP has enabled the EU to speak with one voice in international environment negotiations. However, stakeholders believe that more attention is needed to fully integrate environmental concerns in other policy areas, and that the 7th EAP could have benefitted from stricter prioritisation, and a dedicated monitoring mechanism.

The findings of this evaluation will inform future decisions about a successor environment action programme.

Background

Environment Action Programmes have guided the development of EU Environment policy since the 1970s, and each programme has been duly assessed to see if the objectives have been met.

The 7th Environment Action Programme is the agreed framework for EU environmental policy-making until 31 December 2020. It aims to improve the state of the EU's environment and citizens' wellbeing, whilst contributing to the EU's broader objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Before the 7th EAP expires it should be evaluated so as to allow for a possible successor programme to be in place before the current one runs out. In practise this means that the Commission must complete the evaluation by mid-2019.
The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP), exploring whether this agreed framework is really helping the EU and its Member States to deliver the nine priority objectives in a smart way. In line with the Commission's Better Regulation guidelines, the evaluation will assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence, as well as the added value of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

In Spring 2018 public consultations will be carried out in order to collect views on what has worked and where we still need to do more in order to achieve the EU's 2050 vision and 2020 objectives for the environment.

The evaluation Roadmap sets out the scope and broad process for the evaluation. You can find it at the link below – and are welcome to comment on it.

Roadmap and Consultation Strategy for the upcoming evaluation.

 


 

The public consultation for this evaluation is now closed. The results of this consultation are available here.

Stakeholder consultations

  • 1st Stakeholders Workshop

Thursday 21st June 2018, Brussels

On Thursday 21st June 2018, DG Environment and DG Climate Action of the European Commission hosted the first stakeholder workshop for the evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

The workshop took place at the Committee of the Regions offices in Brussels. The purpose of the workshop was to gain input, ideas and views on what worked well, and what worked less well with the 7th EAP.

Here below you may find:

 

  • 2nd Stakeholders Workshop

Tuesday 13th November 2018, Brussels

DG Environment and DG Climate Action of the European Commission hosted the 2nd stakeholder workshop for the evaluation of the 7th Environment Action Programme.

The workshop took place on Tuesday 13th November 2018 (08h45-13h00) at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. The purpose of the workshop was to gain stakeholders’ feedback on the emerging findings of the study to support the Commission’s evaluation process.

The workshop illustrated the initial findings of the evaluation along with the experiences of how the structure and governance of the 7th EAP has influenced environmental policy and action for a variety of European Stakeholders, such as the European Environmental Bureau and the Belgian and Polish authorities.

Here below you may find: