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Urban Environment

Community activities in the urban environment

The list below sets out the important documents prepared by the European Commission and the EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment that affect urban environment issues as a whole.

Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment dedade (pdf ~65Kb) The Commission's strategy to improve the environmental performance of Europe's urban areas.
Impact Assessment (pdf ~218Kb) Assessment of the Thematic Strategy's impacts in social, economic and environmental terms.
Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment (COM(2004)60)  
European Common Indicators - Development, Refinement, Management and Evaluation Final Report (2003) (pdf~100K)
 
Report on the European Common Indicator initiative which includes comparative data collected on the 10 indicators collected by towns and cities as part of the initiative. New towns and cities can join the initiative and access further information on the ECI, including the methodology sheets here.

6th Environment Action Programme

The Community's 10 action plan for the environment. Article 7(h) requires the preparation of a Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment.

Towards More Integrated Implementation Of Environmental Legislation In Urban Areas (2002) (pdf~110K)

Advisory Report by EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment to the European Commission

Towards More Sustainable Urban Land Use: Advice to the European Commission for Policy and Action (2001) (pdf~170K)

Advisory Report by EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment to the European Commission

Communication from the Commission - Sustainable Urban Development in the European Union: A Framework for Action(1998)
COM(98) 605
(pdf~110K)
Annex : (pdf~40K)

 

Response of the EC Expert Group on the Urban Environment on the Communication 'Towards an Urban Agenda in the European Union' (1998)
endefr (pdf~120K)

Advisory Report by EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment to the European Commission

Communication from the Commission - Towards an Urban Agenda in the European Union (1997) COM(97) 197
dadeelenfrnlptfisv (pdf~240K)

 

Progress Report of the European Commission's Expert Group on the Urban Environment 1993-1996 (1997) 
(pdf~45K)

A useful summary of the results and achievements of the Sustainable Cities Project 1993-1996 prepared by the EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment for the European Commission

European Sustainable Cities (1996) ISBN 92-828-5176-1
(pdf~650K)
Short summary
(pdf~15K)
Executive Summary
(pdf~50K)
Local Authorities Summary
(pdf~60K)

Advisory Report by EU Expert Group on the Urban Environment to the European Commission

Sustainable Cities Project (Launched 1993)
(See the Progress Report of the European Commission's Expert Group on the Urban Environment 1993-1996 (1997)) - see above

The main aims of the project were to:

  • promote new ideas on sustainability in European urban settings;
  • foster a wide exchange of experience;
  • disseminate good practices on sustainability at the urban level;
  • formulate recommendations for the EU institutions, national, regional and local authorities;
  • to assist the implementation of the European Community's Fifth Environmental Action Programme.

Fifth Environment Action Programme (1993)

The 5th Environment Action Programme set out actions to meet the targets set for the priority themes in areas such as air quality management, municipal waste incineration and waste water treatment. Developments in these and four of the key target sectors of transport, tourism, energy and industry have a significant impact on the quality of the urban environment.

'Europe's Environment ' 'The Dobris Assessment' (European Environment Agency)

Contains a detailed analysis of the state of the environment in Europe's urban areas.

EC Expert Group on the Urban Environment Established in 1991

The Group was set up in 1991 through a resolution of the Council of Ministers to take forward the core ideas in the 1990 Green Paper on the Urban Environment (91/C 33/02 (pdf~135K)).

Green Paper on the Urban Environment - Communication from the Commission to the Council and Parliament COM(90) 218 (1990) (pdf~4,5M)