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Streamlining monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy

Policy field(s)



Target group(s)


All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period of consultation


From 18/11/2015  to 10/02/2016

Objective of the consultation



The Fitness Check of monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy aims at ensuring that environmental monitoring and reporting is fit for purpose: delivering the right information, at the right time and in an efficient way. It is likely to identify some additional information that is required but also some existing reporting requirements that can be scaled back or met in a more efficient (less burdensome) manner.
The objective of this consultation is to help the Commission to validate the principles such as proportionality, accessibility, relevance… that it should use for assessing environmental reporting requirements; gather views regarding whether reporting requirements are in line with those principles – in this respect, examples will be particularly welcome; gather evidence on current shortcomings, overlaps and potential improvements that should be examined during the process.

How to submit your contribution


We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Reference documents and other, related consultations


Roadmap on the Fitness Check of monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy
Better Regulation Guidelines
7th Environment Action Programme
Digital Single Market (COM(2015)192)
Directive on Access to Information (2003/4/EC)
INSPIRE Web site
Environmental legislation currently covered by the Fitness Check

Contact details


responsible service

Directorate-General Environment – Unit D4 'Governance, Information & Reporting'




postal address

European Commission
Directorate-General Environment
Unit D.4 – Governance, Information & Reporting
Avenue de Beaulieu 9
B-1049 Brussels

View the contributions


In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps


A summary of public consultation responses is available.
A Commission Staff Working Document was adopted at the end of May 2016. The individual responses from the public consultation can be viewed here.
The overall findings of the Fitness Check taking account of the consultation results, have been published on 9 June 2017 and are available here.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement