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 814 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
17.05.2023  Findings adopted by the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in case ACCC/C/2015/128 on state aid: analysing the implications and assessing available options.
Communication com(2023)307
15.05.2023  Revised monitoring framework for the circular economy.
Communication com(2023)306
10.05.2023  EU position in the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic on amending certain delineations and on the Evlanov Sea basin.
Decision com(2023)236
22.03.2023  Substantiation and communication of explicit environmental claims (Green Claims Directive).
Directive com(2023)166
20.03.2023  Implementation of the Environmental Noise Directive in accordance with Article 11 of Directive 2002/49/EC.
Report com(2023)139


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 266 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
17.03.2023  EU position with regard to submitting a proposal for amendment of Appendix I to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) with a view ...
Decision com(2023)143
03.03.2023  EU position on amending the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
Decision com(2023)109
30.01.2023  EU position at the CoP for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants as regards the proposals for amendment of Annex A to that Convention.
Decision com(2023)41
27.01.2023  EU position on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade on amendments to the Convention (Annex III).
Decision com(2023)42
14.10.2022  EU position in the forty second meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats.
Decision com(2022)543


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
17.11.2021  Making available on the Union market as well as export from the Union of certain commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation.
Regulation com(2021)706
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