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Monitoring and reporting of environment legislation

Reporting products

Any monitoring and reporting should result in a clear, coordinated and coherent (and easy to communicate) picture on the level of implementation for a particular piece of legislation and the “distance to target” with regards to the objectives of this legislation. The Better Regulation Guidelines (SWD(2015) 110, section V on monitoring) set out some key requirements for monitoring, i.e. to “establish monitoring arrangements and indicators that will generate the necessary information for subsequent evaluation of the performance of the intervention while minimising data collection costs”. It goes on by stating: “Monitoring needs to consider the objectives of the intervention and what evidence needs to be collected to track its progress and performance. This is linked to understanding both the logic of the intervention and how the evidence collected will be used”.

One of the key results of monitoring and reporting is assessments on compliance and state-of-implementation through reports which are often underpinned and communicated by some form of scoreboards and/or indicators or map views.

Below follows an initial overview of available implementation reports, scoreboards, indicators and other statistics which are used in relation to the different pieces of EU environment legislation.

General: Environment infringement statistics

Specific compliance information per policy

Legislation on cross-cutting, enabling instruments

  • EIA Directive 2011/92/EU
  • SEA Directive 2001/42/EC
  • INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC
  • Directive on Access to Environmental Information (2003/4/EC)

Multilateral agreements

  • EU Wildlife Trade Regulations
    • Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (basic regulation)
    • Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 (implementation regulation)
    • Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 (Permit Regulation)
    • Regulation (EC) No 338/97 (suspensions regulation)
    • Regulation (EEC) No 348/81 on common rules for imports of whales or other cetacean products
  • Directive 83/129/EEC concerning the importation into MS of skins of certain seal pups and products derived therefrom
  • Regulation (EU) No 511/2014  of the European Parliament and of the Council on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization in the Union
  • Illegal logging:
    • Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 on the establishment of a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community
    • Regulation (EC) No 1024/2008 (implementation regulation)
    • Regulation 995/2010 prohibiting the placing of illegally harvested timber on the market