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The Environmental Implementation Review

Objectives

The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is a tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law and policy. It aims to address the causes of implementation gaps and try to find solutions before problems become urgent.

Cycle

The EIR is a two-yearly cycle of analysis, dialogue and collaboration, with publication of country reports and discussions between the European Commission, EU Member States and stakeholders.

Policy findings and country reports

Country reports are drafted every two years focusing on essential topics in the area of environmental policy and law in each EU Member State. They are published along with a summary that sets out common trends, recommendations and political conclusions.

Peer to Peer tool

TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER is designed to share expertise between national, regional and local public authorities in charge of implementing EU environmental law and policy within the EU Member States.

Expert group

A joint expert group meets twice per year to discuss progress on the Environmental Implementation Review and on greening the European Semester.

 

Overview

Poor implementation of environmental law and policies has many negative effects, such as the environmental, economic and social costs, unequal playing level field for economic operators, and the loss of credibility of both national authorities and the EU.

The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), announced in 2016 (COM(2016) 316 final), is a tool to help deliver the benefits of EU environmental law and policies for businesses and citizens through better implementation. It aims to address the causes of implementation gaps and find solutions before problems become urgent and reach the stage of infringements.

On 4 April 2019, the European Commission adopted the second EIR package. The first package was adopted on 3 February 2017. The 2019 package consists of  28 country reports which map progress since 2017 and contain priority actions for each Member State; a Communication identifying common challenges across countries. The priority actions for all EU Member States are presented in an Annex. 

Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy around  €55 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. 

The EIR initiative is in line with the Commission's Better Regulation policy, which includes improving implementation of existing legislation and policies and it's linked to the process of Greening the European Semester. The EIR fits in with a series of activities for improving the implementation of environmental legislation.

Contact

You can send any comments, questions or information of relevance (such as reports, projects, etc.) to ENV-EIR@ec.europa.eu

News and events

05/10/18: CINSEDO Seminar on water Rome, Italy. Contact: Cecilia Odone
odone@europeanlaw.it,
Andrea Ciaffi
europa@regioni.it
Programme; Presentations; Report.

06/07/18: CINSEDO Seminar on air Rome, Italy. Contact: Cecilia Odone
odone@europeanlaw.it,
Andrea Ciaffi
europa@regioni.it
Presentations; Report.

23/05/2018: EIR country dialogue Finland, Helsinki

20/04/18: CINSEDO Seminar on waste Rome, Italy
Programme; Presentation; Report; Contact: Cecilia Odone odone@europeanlaw.it, Andrea Ciaffi
europa@regioni.it

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