Commonly Used Euro-Acronyms

6EAP

Sixth Environmental Action Programme

7RFP

Seventh Research Framework Programme

ACER

Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators

APS

Annual Policy Strategy

BAT

Best Available Technology

BATNEEC

Best Available Technology Not Entailing Excessive Costs

BEG

Biodiversity Expert Group

BEPG

Broad Economic Policy Guidelines

CAFE

Clean Air for Europe

CAP

Common Agricultural Policy

CARE

Climate Action and Renewable Energy

CBD

Convention on Biological Diversity

CCAMLR

Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CEC

Commission of the European Community (often used as shorthand for the European Commission)

CECAF

Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic

CEECs

central and eastern European countries

CEN

European Committee for Standardisation (FR: Comité européen de normalisation)

CERD

European Research and Development Committee (FR: Comité européen de la recherche et du développement)

CERN

European Organisation for Nuclear Research (FR: Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire)

CFCs

chlorofluorocarbons

CFP

Common Fisheries Policy

CFPE

Community financing projects for the environment

CHP

Combined Heat and Power (plant, generation etc.)

CITES

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Cogeca

General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union

COPA

Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations

CoR

Committee of the Regions

Corine

coordination of information on the environment in Europe

COST

European cooperation in science and technology

DG

Directorate General (of the European Commission)

DPSIR

Drivers, Pressures, State of the environment, Impacts and Responses

EAFRD

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development

EAGF

European Agricultural Guarantee Fund

EAGGF

European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund

EAP

Environmental Action Programme

EBRD

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

ECDIN

Environmental chemicals data and information network

ECHA

European Chemicals Agency

EEAS

European External Action Service

EDF

European Development Fund

EFF

European Fisheries Fund

EC

European Community (replaced by the European Union under the Lisbon Treaty)

ECJ

European Court of Justice

ECCP

European Climate Change Programme

ECOFIN

Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Ecosco

Economic and Social Council (UN)

EEA

European Environment Agency

EEB

European Environment Bureau

EEC

European Economic Community (replaced by the European Union under the Lisbon Treaty)

EECCA

Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia

EESC

European Economic and Social Committee

EFCA

European Fisheries Control Agency

EFTA

European Free Trade Association

EIA

Environmental Impact Assessment

EIB

European Investment Bank

EMAS

Eco-Management and Audit Scheme

EMODNET

European Marine Observation and Data Network

EMS

Environmental Management System

ENEA

European Nuclear Energy Agency

ENP

European Neighbourhood Policy

EP

European Parliament

EPBRS

European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy

EP OPRA

Environmental Protection, Operator Pollution Risk Appraisal

EPA

Environmental Protection Agencies

EPI

Environmental Policy Integration

EPR

Environmental Performance Reviews

EPRG

Environment Policy Review Group

ERDF

European Regional Development Fund

ETAP

Environmental Technologies Action Plan

EU

European Union

EuP

Energy using Products

EURATOM

The Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community

EUR-lex

website providing access to EU law

EU SDS

EU Sustainable Development Strategy

EU15

The EU Member States pre-enlargement in 2004

EU27

The enlarged EU as of 1 January 2007

FADN

farm accountancy data network

FAO

Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN)

FIFG

Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance

GAC

General Affairs Council

GDP

Gross Domestic Product

GFCM

General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean

GIS

Geographical Information System

GNI

Gross National Income

GPP

Green Public Procurement

IA

Impact Assessment

ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organisation

IEA

International Energy Agency (OECD)

ILUC

Indirect Land Use Change

IMCO

Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation

IMP

Integrated Maritime Policy

IMPEL

Implementation Network (of EU Member States)

INECE

International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

INFCE

international nuclear fuel cycle evaluation

IPP

Integrated Product Policy

IPPC

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

IRENA

Indicator Reporting on the Integration of Environmental Concerns into Agricultural Policy

ISO 14001

International environmental management standard

IPA

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance

JRC

Joint Research Centre - EU’s scientific and technical research laboratory and part of the European Commission

Leader

links between actions for the development of the rural economy

LCP

Large Combustion Plant

LIFE+

Financial Instrument for the Environment

MEP

Member of the European Parliament

MS

Member States

MSFD

Marine Strategy Framework Directive

MTE

Mid-Term Evaluation

NACE

general industrical classification of economic activities within the European Union

NAFO

North-West Atlantic Fisheries Organisation

NEA

Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD)

NEC

National Emissions Ceiling

NGO

Non-governmental organisation

NIS

new independent States (of the former Soviet Union)

NSDS

National Sustainable Development Strategy

NSRF

National Strategic Reference Framework (Structural Funds)

NUTS

nomenclature of territorial units for statistics (Eurostat)

OCTs

overseas countries and territories

OECD

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

OMC

Open Method of Coordination

OJ

‘Official Journal’ in which all adopted legislative texts are published

OP

Operational Programme

OPARDF

Operational Programme of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food

PCD

Policy coherence for development

PPP

Plant Protection Products

PPP

purchasing power parity

PPP

'polluter pays' principle

QMV

Qualified Majority Voting

REACH

Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals

RES

Renewable Energy Sources

RIA

Regulatory Impact Assessment

RTD

Research and Technology Development

SAC

Special Area of Conservation

SCP

Sustainable Consumption and Production

SD

Sustainable Development

SDS

Sustainable Development Strategy

SEA

Strategic Environmental Assessment

SIA

Sustainability Impact Assessment

SIP

Sustainable Industrial Policy

Sixth EAP

Sixth Environment Action Programme (Decision 1600/2002)

SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises

SoER

State of Environment Report

SPA

Special Protection Area

STOA

scientific and technological options assessment

TAC

total allowable catch

TEC

Treaty establishing the European Community

TEN-T

Trans-European transport network

TERM

Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism

TEU

Treaty on the European Union

TFEU

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

TWGs

Technical Working Groups

UAA

Utilisable Agricultural Area

UN

United Nations

UNECE

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNFCCC

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

URBAN

intiative concerning urban areas

VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds

WEU

Western European Union

WFD

Water Framework Directive

WSSD

World Summit on Sustainable Development

WTO

World Trade Organisation

WWF

Worldwide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund)