The European Commission is currently evaluating the 7th EAP ahead of its report to the European Parliament and Council. Environment Action Programmes have guided the development of EU Environment policy since the 1970s, and each programme has been duly assessed to see if the objectives have been met. The 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP)1 is an agreed framework for EU environmental policy-making to guide action up to and beyond 2020.

Former EEB Secretary General, John Hontelez spoke of the successes and failures of EU environmental policies since the 1980s.  In particular, he underlined how the EEB 2010 conference had successfully campaigned the incoming Belgian Presidency to convince the European Commission of the need for a 7th Environmental Action Programme.

Normally the presence of Blue-green algae is not generally met with great excitement in Europe’s tourist beaches and lakes.  But all this may be about to change. A team of European scientists is on a mission to prove that blue green algae can be used to produce bioethanol as a biofuel for less than 40 cents (€) a litre.   The EU-funded project DEMA ('Direct Ethanol from MicroAlgae') is focusing on cyanobacteria - a microalgae found in almost every terrestrial and aquatic habitat, including in oceans, lakes and damp soil, and on rocks.

As reported in recent Newsflash’s, the EU’s seventh environment action programme (7EAP) the Eus legislative environmental plan for the period up to 2020 has been on the table between European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. In the last week of the Irish Presidency, a deal was secured on a shared text that allows the 7th EAP to set out priority objectives for EU environment policy in a range of areas including waste management, chemicals and biodiversity up to 2020.

Securing a deal with MEPs on the Seventh environmental action plan (7EAP) is the top environmental priority for the Irish Presidency during its EU six-month term of office that started in 1st January 2013.