AT 18 - From the Austrian EU Council Presidency to the 8th EU Environment Action Programme

AT 18 - From the Austrian EU Council Presidency to the 8th EU Environment Action Programme

The project "AT 18 - From the Austrian EU Council Presidency to the 8th EU Environment Action Programme" is a collaboration between the Umweltdachverband (UWD) in Austria and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) in Brussels and carried out with the support of the Austrian Federal Government and the European Union. It runs parallel to the Austrian Council Presidency 2018. 

The aim of the project is the development of an Action Plan on the “Future of the Austrian and EU Environmental Policy after 2020” that helps build a strong case for an 8th EU Environment Action Programme and to use the Austrian Council presidency to present a basic proposal for its contents.

 

About the project

The European Union (EU) is a powerful actor in environmental politics and policy-making across its 28 member states: on average, 80% of what becomes national environmental legislation in EU Member States originates at EU level.

Since the mid-1970s, EU environmental policy-making has been guided by Environment Action Programs (EAPs). The current 7th Environment Action Program (7EAP) entitled "Living well, within limits of our planet" was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union in November 2013 and came into force in January 2014. It’s stated aim is to

"to step up the contribution of environment policy to the transition towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy in which natural capital is protected and enhanced, and the health and well-being of citizens is safeguarded.”

The programme provides an overarching framework for environment policy to 2020 and identifies nine priority objectives for the EU and its Member States to attain. Responsibility for achieving the goals and objectives is shared by the EU and its Member States and priority objectives need to be met by 2020.

The preparations for an 8th EU Environment Action Programme (8EAP) should have started already, given that the decision making process, leading to an agreement with European Parliament and the Council, takes time. The aim of the project is the development and publication of an Action Plan on the “Future of the Austrian and EU Environmental Policy after 2020” to build a strong case for an 8th EAP and to use the Austrian Council presidency to present a basic proposal for its contents.

The project includes:

(1) Publication of a Background Paper on the 7EAP by the UWD and the EEB (2 Q 2018)

(2) Policy Forum on "Shaping the Future of EU Environmental Policy: From the 7th to the 8th Environment Action Programme" (2 Q 2018)

(3) Three expert meetings held in Austria to further refine the outcomes of the Background Paperand the Policy Forum as
well as to expand on individual areas of focus ( 3/4 Q 2018)

(4) Development and publication of an Action Plan on the “Future of the Austrian and EU Environmental Policy after 2020” (4 Q 2018)

 

Policy Forum on "Shaping the Future of EU Environmental Policy: From the 7th to the 8th Environment Action Programme"

The Policy Forum on "Shaping the Future of EU Environmental Policy: From the 7th to the 8th Environment Action Programme" takes place on 13th June in Vienna. You can download the programme here. The high-level policy forum on EU and Austrian environmental policies convenes a wide range of expert speakers on EU and national environemntal policies including high-level representatives from the European Commission and Parliament, the European Environment Agency (EEA), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), representatives from Austrian politics and administration, NGOs as well as policy experts from other EU member states.

To register for the Policy Forum, please please click on the following link:https://bit.ly/2qZ1iQf  

 

Contact:

Julika Dittrich 

julika.dittrich@umweltdachverband.at