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This is the place to find core information about what the EU is doing to protect its environment – air, water, nature, biodiversity and so on.
It is brought to you by the Environment Directorate General of the European Commission ('DG Environment'). It was set up in 1973 to protect, preserve and improve Europe's environment for present and future generations.
The Commission proposes policies and legislation that protect natural habitats, keep air and water clean, ensure proper waste disposal, improve knowledge about toxic chemicals, and help businesses move towards a sustainable economy.
We also make sure that Member States apply EU environmental law correctly. This means helping them comply with the legislation they have agreed, and following up on complaints from citizens and non-governmental organisations.
These pages aim to provide information at a glance.
If you need more specialised information, follow the links to the main DG Environment website.
The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in the light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.