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Environment for Europeans spoke to Professor George Papatheodorou, leader of the Greek LIFE DEBAG project. Against a backdrop of legislative change, his team are using an awareness-raising campaign to help stop plastic carrier bags ending up as marine litter.

Water, marine and coast, Funding and LIFE, Waste

This year, the European Commission’s Green Week, the biggest annual event on environment in Europe, is all about greening our cities. From 21 to 25 May, it explores ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work, showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, water and waste management. Find out more and be part of #EUGreenWeek 2018.


Certain chemicals found in products and materials make it more difficult to reuse and recycle these products – creating a challenge to ‘closing the loop’ in the circular economy. The European Commission plans to tackle this now by focusing on the interaction between chemicals, products and waste legislation.  


Europe is tackling plastics waste head-on with an ambitious new strategy that proposes to make all plastic packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030. Part of the transition towards a more circular economy, the goal is to reduce pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation – “a true win-win”, according to Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President.


New LIFE Integrated Projects in eight Member States will help them apply environment and climate laws on the ground to tackle challenges such as water scarcity, climate change, circular economy and biodiversity loss. LIFE funding will mobilise additional investments totalling EUR 2 billion, enabling Member States to use other EU funds as well as national funds and private-sector investment.

Funding and LIFE

The Clean Mobility Package is the latest in a series of proposals aimed at reinforcing the European Union’s global leadership in sustainable transport. According to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, “The global race to develop clean cars is on”.

Climate action

Environment for Europeans asked Matjaž Malgaj about the latest steps to improve Europe’s drinking water supply. He heads the DG Environment Unit that is responsible for the marine environment and water industry.

Water, marine and coast

Europeans remain very concerned about the environment, with climate change, air pollution and mounting waste as their biggest worries. While they are increasingly committed to individual action, a new poll reveals they expect the EU and national governments to do more.

Economics, strategy and information

The Kigali Amendment to the United Nations’ Montreal Protocol, which aims to cut back the global use of harmful hydrofluorocarbon gases (HFCs), comes into force in January 2019. The EU has received a 2017 Ozone Award for its leading role in negotiating this international agreement.

Climate action

Common European rules on environment matter in our daily lives – whether they improve air quality, ensure safe drinking water or take care that waste is managed properly. When they are not observed, this can cause considerable economic costs and harm human health and the environment. A new European Commission action plan will help public authorities to promote, monitor and enforce compliance with these rules – known as ‘environmental compliance assurance’.

Environmental law