The European Commission published the first ever comprehensive overview of how EU environmental policies and laws are applied on the ground. It shows that environmental policies work but that there are big gaps in how these rules and policies are put into practice across Europe. The most pressing implementation gaps across EU Member States are found in the policy fields of waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, noise and water quality and management.
The European Implementation Review package (adopted the 3rd February 2017) includes:
You can find the 28 country reports and factsheets (summaries of the reports) in English and in the official languages of the EU Members States in the following map:
The Environmental Implementation Review is based on country-specific reports that are drafted every two years focusing on essential topics in the area of environmental legislation and policy in each EU Member State. The country reports identify the main implementation gaps for each Member State, and they describe successful practices that others can also use.
The structure of the reports reflects the content of the 7th Environment Action Programme. The country reports will then prepare the ground for dialogues with and within each Member State concerned, as well as enable high level discussions at EU level on significant implementation gaps common to several Member States.
The EIR package will feed into high level political discussions at EU level on significant implementation gaps common to several Member States. It also announces that a Peer to Peer Tool will be launched later this year to stimulate exchange of experiences and expertise between the Member States.