The environmental governance team covers strategic questions and examines the mechanics and processes behind the formulation and implementation of environmental policies. Our work is spread across a wide, often cross-cutting, range of issues.
Key tasks include monitoring current developments in EU environmental policy, including the role of the budget, assessing environmental policy integration and policy coherence, conducting impact assessment and policy evaluation studies, evaluating policy implementation and enforcement, and looking at the global dimension of European environmental policy.
At its founding in 1957, the then European Economic Community (EEC) did not have an environmental dimension. Today the EU has some of the most progressive environmental policies in the world. EU legislation has played a vital role in improving habitat and species protection and river management, and has contributed to dramatic improvements in air and water quality and waste management. Although significant challenges remain, it is widely acknowledged that EU policy has successfully reduced a number of pressures on the environment and stimulated investment in more sustainable economic growth.
The EU has developed a ‘tool box’ of policy instruments, approaches and strategies with which to pursue its environmental objectives. It has also adopted a number of cross-cutting strategies and approaches to policy making to provide the overarching context for environmental decision-making. These are seen to be increasingly significant to the environmental debate in Europe.
Over the years the EU has taken on a growing leadership role in the global context.
IEEP is carrying out a project which aim is to explore options and tools for the mainstreaming of climate change in the 2014-2020 EU Cohesion Policy and Connecting Europe Facility. This will be the topic of a policy dialogue workshop organised by IEEP on 1 February 2012.
IEEP has produced a special report for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPEG) on ‘The future of EU environmental policy: challenges and opportunities’. The report provides a brief review of key environmental challenges facing the EU, the main policy and strategic discussions currently underway and assesses some of the prospects and challenges for the future.
As a contribution to the on-going discussion on the future strategic framework of EU environmental policy, IEEP has produced a policy paper on the options and priorities for a 7th Environment Action Programme (7EAP).
Helsinki, 12-14 October. European and North-American scientific and technological community agree on their message for Rio+20, emphasising role of natural capital in underpinning Green Economy and echoing key messages from TEEB.
The Lisbon Treaty substantially modified the framework for the Commission’s implementing powers, commonly known as ‘comitology’. This IEEP report explains the new procedures and gives examples of how they might, or will, apply in the EU biodiversity policy area.
The Sourcebook provides a practical reference document on applicable EU environmental legislation, practices and standards which need to be taken into account in the planning and development of projects supported by Banks that have signed the ‘European Principles for the Environment'.
IEEP’s Peter Hjerp presented at the special conference on Strategic Environmental Assessment in Prague on 21-23 September 2011, organized by the International Association for Impact Assessment, DG Environment and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
IEEP and the Institute for European Studies (IES) is pleased to invite you to an Environmental Policy Forum on ‘The EU on the road to Rio+20: towards a sustainable outcome?’ which will be held on 23 June 2011 in Brussels.
IEEP's Marc Pallemaerts and IEEP Board Member Derek Osborn will be presenting at a meeting on 4 May organised by the European Parliament as part of its preparations for the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.
This report advances the conceptual understanding of the concept of climate proofing the EU budget and offers ways to operationalise it in the debate on the post-2013 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF).
This report presents the results of an independent evaluation of the 6th Environment Action Programme (6EAP). The overall objective of this evaluation was to provide an in-depth assessment of the achievements of the 6EAP since its adoption in 2002 to the end of 2010.
In the run up to the legislative proposals on the post-2013 EU Multiannual Financial Framework due in June 2011, this Policy Brief offers a short analysis of some critical aspects of the debate and outlines a set of ‘stepping stones’ for strengthening the environmental dimension of the proposals.