MEPS discuss future priorities for the Environment Implementation Review
With the first of the two-year cycles of the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) published in February 2017, MEPs have given their verdict (in the form of a resolution) on this first cycle and outlined their expectations for future rounds. The EIR identifies widespread compliance problems in a wide variety of environmental legislation due to financial capacity of the environment ministries or their access to key competencies. Motivated by recent Eurobarometer polls, the European Commission points out that more than 75% of European citizens find EU environmental legislation necessary for protecting the environment in their country, with nearly 80% agreeing that the EU institutions should be able to check that environmental legislation is being applied correctly in their country. The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is a two-year cycle of analysis and dialogue to improve the implementation of existing EU environmental policy and legislation. The EIR is designed to complement the ongoing implementation efforts such as ensuring compliance and infringement procedures. It offers a coherent framework to tackle common implementation challenges and will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ahead of the next two year review (scheduled in 2019), MEPs have called on the European Commission to monitor implementation progress in new areas including:-
- hormone and medicine residues in waste water,
- surface water and groundwater and their effects on drinking water,
- human health and biodiversity in the next review,
- Greater use of scoreboards that could be easily visible by the public.
- industrial emissions and;
- national action on climate change