The 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP), was adopted in November 2013 and will run till 2020. The European Commission will publish a mid-term evaluation of the 7th EAP in spring 2019 and it will start discussions on a possible 8th EAP in 2019. As we reach the mid-term point, the rapporteur would like to take stock and present a vision for the next steps.

According to the rapporteur, the 8th EAP should be more strategic, simpler, more focused and more framework-based. Given the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and many transition processes happening over the last years in the field of energy, circular economy, mobility or food in Europe, to name just a few, we need a new way of thinking and acting on the environment. As regions and cities are key actors in designing and implementing environment, climate and energy policies, they are indispensable players in delivering the 7th EAP’s goals on the ground and should have a say on the EAP post-2020.

The rapporteur proposes a more strategic 8th EAP, which should focus on transitions, innovation, better implementation of the current legislation and wider global challenges. He suggests that the overarching theme of this EU strategy should be “healthy living for all”. The opinion was adopted by the CoR’s ENVE Commission on 15 November.

Adoption timetable:

  • 1st discussion in ENVE on 28-29 June 2018
  • Adoption in ENVE on 15 November 2018
  • Final adoption in Plenary session of 6-7 February 2019

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