seventh environmental framework programme

The Council of the European Union, containing ministers from each EU Member State, has approved the Seventh European Environment Action Programme (which will run until 2020). The plan is entitled "Living well, within the limits of our planet" and replaces the previous plan, which expired in July 2012. The plan was adopted with the support of all Member States except Hungary and Poland.

The Programme sets out nine priority objectives for EU environment policy in the period up to 2020: