The Council and European Parliament signed into law the Decision on a 7th EU Environment Action Programme, which will guide EU policy action on environment and climate policy for the next seven years. This brings to a successful conclusion a process that started 12 months ago when the Commission tabled its proposal.
|Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "I am very pleased that the new EU Environment Action Programme is now formally approved and will enter into force still this year. The fact that the co-legislators agreed to increase the level of ambition in quite a number of areas shows that environment and climate challenges remain priorities for the EU. We all need to realise that tackling Europe's environment and climate challenges is not only essential in its own right but is also in fact an opportunity for long-term growth and societal wellbeing. I will work closely with the Member States, the European Parliament, regional and local authorities, business and NGOs to start implementing the 7th EAP so we can reach the ambitious goals we have set ourselves by 2020"|
|Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: "I welcome the signing into law of the 7th Environmental Action Programme by the Council and the Parliament. In order to turn the EU into a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy, the EU needs to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets and keep on working towards reducing GHG emissions by 80-95% by 2050, with agreement of a climate and energy framework for 2030 a key step in this process. The Commission will further engage on this topic in order to prepare the EU for the international negotiations on a new legally binding agreement in time, but also to provide Member States, industry and other sectors with a clear legally-binding framework to make the medium- and long-term investments needed."|