Yesterday (25th November), Council and the European Parliament signed into law the Decision on a 7th EU Environment Action Programme, which will guide EU policy action on environment and climate policy for the next seven years. This brings to a successful conclusion a process that started 12 months ago when the Commission tabled its proposal.
On this occasion, Commissioner Potočnik said: “I am very pleased that the new EU Environment Action Programme is now formally approved and will enter into force still this year. The fact that the co-legislators agreed to increase the level of ambition in quite a number of areas shows that environment and climate challenges remain priorities for the EU. We all need to realise that tackling Europe’s environment and climate challenges is not only essential in its own right but is also in fact an opportunity for long-term growth and societal wellbeing. I will work closely with the Member States, the European Parliament, regional and local authorities, business and NGOs to start implementing the 7th EAP so we can reach the ambitious goals we have set ourselves by 2020.”
Commissioner Hedegaard said: “I welcome the signing into law of the 7th Environmental Action Programme by the Council and the Parliament. This is another step forward in making the EU a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy. To do so, we have already put in place climate goals for 2020 and set to reduce our GHG emissions by 80-95% by 2050. A next key step in this process will also be the agreement on the 2030 climate and energy package and reaching a new legally binding agreement in 2015. We are also working closely with the Member States, industry and other sectors to facilitate the needed climate investments in the medium and long-term.”