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


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 787 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
17.02.2021  EU position on changes to the Minamata Convention on Mercury as regards the adoption of decisions amending Annexes A and B to that Convention.
Decision com(2021)63
09.02.2021  Submission, on behalf of the EU, of a proposal for the listing of chlorpyrifos in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Decision com(2021)47
21.01.2021  EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives.
08.01.2021  Second clean air outlook.
16.12.2020  Submission, on behalf of the EU, regarding the methodology for adjustments to reflect changes in EU-membership under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air ...
Decision com(2020)801


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 249 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
16.10.2020  EU position in the fortieth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Nature Habitats (Bern Convention).
Decision com(2020)654
07.08.2020  Submission of proposals to amend Annex to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal .
Decision com(2020)362
13.01.2020  EU position with regard to amendments to Appendices to the Convention on migratory species of wild animals, and on the withdrawal of a reservation notified to that ...
Decision com(2020)8
31.10.2019  EU position in Joint Implementation Committee on forest law enforcement, governance & trade as regards tadoption of the Rules of Procedure of Joint Implementation ...
Decision com(2019)556
23.10.2019  EU position at the 39th session of the Executive Body under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution.
Decision com(2019)545


Legislation in force

There are at least 211 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
01.02.2018  Quality of water intended for human consumption (recast).
Directive com(2017)753
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
23.10.2014  Authorising the opening of negotiations on the amendment of the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.
Recommendation com(2014)651