Navigation path

Small Business Portal EMAS Ecolabel GPP Awards

Frequently asked questions

ECAP-related questions

General EU questions

 

 

ECAP-related questions

 

What is ECAP?

The European Union’s Environmental Compliance Assistance Programme (ECAP), adopted in October 2007, is an action plan that aims to make it easier for SMEs to comply with obligations under environmental legislation and improve their environmental performances.

Actions aim to minimise the administrative burden on SMEs, help SMEs adopt environmental management systems, support regional and national networks, build up local know-how and provide targeted information.

Back to top

Who is the ECAP programme for?

All measures under ECAP are directly or indirectly aimed at improving the environmental performance of SMEs.

Direct measures include targeted financing and making the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) more accessible.

Indirect measures are aimed at local support networks, enabling them to provide quality environmental expertise and assistance to SMEs. ECAP training seminars are aimed at organisations that support SMEs such as Enterprise Europe Network members, Chamber of Commerce, EMAS verifiers, Public Administration and NGOs.

Individual SMEs can find environmental expertise in their local areas through ECAP contact points.

SME support organisations can address specific questions to the ECAP helpdesk.

Back to top

How does the ECAP programme work?

How does the ECAP programme work?

More details are in the materials from the series of ECAP training seminars and toolkits on environmental compliance issues for SMEs.

Back to top

How can I follow current issues and initiatives in ECAP?

A monthly e-alert gives information on updates on the ECAP website and announcements on current initiatives and opportunities.

Back to top

What EU funding mechanisms are available to help SMEs reduce their environmental impacts? Is there funding available directly under ECAP?

ECAP does not allocate funds directly but its priorities are built into the EU’s other funding programmes. More details can be found in the ECAP funding section and the EU’s SME portal.

Back to top

My company is an SME. Who can I contact in my region to find out more information on European Union legislation on the environment and find answers to EU-related problems?

Individual SMEs can find environmental expertise in their local areas through ECAP contact points.

The Europe Enterprise Network (EEN) is a one-stop shop to help businesses in over 40 countries get the answers that they need on EU matters.

Back to top

Are there any research projects on environmental innovations that my company can get involved in?

The European Union’s Seventh Framework (FP7) is the funding mechanism for innovation and research projects for 2007-13. Action on the environment is one of its key priorities. Also see SME-specific information on FP7 and frequently asked questions on FP7 for more details on this large-scale programme and the many opportunities it presents for businesses.

Eco-innovation is also a priority within the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme with special regard to innovative, environment-friendly projects in the area of materials recycling, sustainable buildings, food and drink industrial processes, green business and smart purchasing.

Back to top

What areas of EU environmental policy are relevant for SMEs?

The ECAP page on environmental legislation gives more details on different areas of legislation relevant to SMEs. The European Commission’s DG environment website answers many generally asked questions on EU environment policies.

Specific answers on some of the policies most relevant for SMEs are answered in pages on: legislation covering waste electronics and the restriction of hazardous substances (the WEEE and RoHS Directives); the EU’s environmental management scheme (EMAS); Ecolabelling; and the European Business Award for the Environment.

There might be significant differences in the application of EU directives in the different Member States. For specific aspects of implementation of these, refer to national legislation.

Back to top

 

 

General EU questions

 

 

How does the European Union decision-making process work?

The main EU website gives an explanation of the European Union decision-making process and the role of its institutions.

Back to top

Where can I find data and statistics on environmental problems in Europe?

The European Environmental Agency collects and analyses environmental statistics in Europe.

EUROSTAT provides other EU statistics.

Back to top

Where can I find information on all SME-related policies of the EU?

The EU’s SME portal provides details of SME policies.

Back to top

I think the internal market law was not correctly applied to my case. How could I solve this the easy way?

SOLVIT is an on-line problem-solving network in which EU Member States work together to solve problems caused by the misapplication of Internal Market law by public authorities.

Find national SOLVIT centres your country.

Back to top

Who can I contact about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union?

The European Ombudsman is the independent and impartial official who investigates complaints about maladministration in the institutions and bodies of the European Union.

Back to top

Your closest contact

Your closest contact
| Top