Directorate-General Environment (ENV)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General proposes new environmental laws and monitors the implementation of the new measures by the member states. The main goal is to protect the environment for future generations and to encourage sustainable development.

The DG has several tasks:

  • maintain and enhance the quality of life by protecting and preserving natural resources
  • to promote measures regarding production, consumption and waste management in order to make efficient use of resources
  • to integrate environmental aspects into other policy areas of the EU
  • to keep in mind societal and environmental needs of the current population and future generations regarding economic growth
  • to control climate change and the conservation of biodiversity
 

1.

Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 806 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
30.11.2022  Packaging and packaging waste.
Regulation com(2022)677
 
30.11.2022  EU policy framework on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics.
Communication com(2022)682
 
09.11.2022  Revision of the EU action plan against wildlife trafficking.
Communication com(2022)581
 
26.10.2022  Ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (recast).
Directive com(2022)542
 
26.10.2022  Amendment of Directive 2000/60/EC on water policy, Directive 2006/118/EC on pollution of groundwater and Directive 2008/105/EC on quality standards in water policy.
Directive com(2022)540
 

2.

Legislation currently being implemented

There are 267 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
24.02.2022  EU position at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention with regard to certain amendments of Article 6(2) in that Convention.
Decision com(2022)67
 
16.02.2022  EU position as regards the adoption of a Decision establishing thresholds for mercury waste, in accordance with Article 11, paragraph 2, of the Minimata Convention.
Decision com(2022)62
 
27.10.2021  EU position in the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean on Marine Litter in the Mediterranean.
Decision com(2021)677
 
27.10.2021  EU position in the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean on Urban Wastewater and Sewage Sludge .
Decision com(2021)678
 
26.10.2021  EU position in the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean on amending Annexes I, II and IV to the LBS ...
Decision com(2021)667
 

3.

Legislation in force

There are at least 214 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
21.03.2022  EU position in the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19).
Decision com(2022)116
 
28.10.2021  Amendment of Annexes IV and V to Regulation 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants.
Regulation com(2021)656
 
28.08.2017  EU position on proposals amending appendices of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the ...
Decision com(2017)455
 
07.04.2017  EU position with regard to proposals for amendment of the Appendices of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals.
Decision com(2017)166
 
22.09.2016  EU position at the IMO concerning the designation and taking effect of the Baltic Sea and North Sea as Nitrogen Oxyde Emissions Control Area (NECA).
Decision com(2016)617