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EU-funded project investigates environmental policy integration

Whilst environmental issues have steadily risen on citizens’ lists of most critical concerns facing society, have public authorities done enough to address these concerns? An EU-supported project recently got underway to look at ways in which the integration of environmental concerns into sectoral policies, such as transport, can contribute to addressing persistent environmental problems. The project funded under FP6 and coordinated by Ecologic, Environmental Policy Integration and multi-level Governance, or EPIGOV, recently held its first conference in Brussels to debate environmental policy integration.
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Sustainability Impact Assessments

TimeLoc
28 February 2007
Berlin
Germany

The concept of sustainable development has gained tremendous popularity since Rio but is still challenging to consider in everyday political practice. The Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development, in its opinion on the 2004 progress report on the National Sustainability Strategy of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, thus asked for an instrument to assess legislation on its sustainability. On 28 February 2007 the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development held a public hearing on the Sustainability Impact Assessment instrument, which aimed at discussing existing concepts for Sustainability Impact Assessments as well as their integration in parliamentary procedures.Read more

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Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits of the EIA Directive

November 2006 to April 2007
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive entered into force in 1985. Over its more than 20 year long existence, numerous projects in the EU Member States have been subject to the EIA procedure. To what extent the benefits of the EIA Directive outweigh its costs is largely unknown. Up to now, there has been no systematic evaluation of the costs and benefits of the EU’s EIA legislation and its implementation in the Member States. The projects aims therefore at calculating and systematically evaluating  the costs and benefits of the EIA Directive. Read more

Environmental Policy Integration and Multi-level Governance (EPIGOV)

February 2006 to January 2009

There is a rapidly growing body of literature analysing and discussing measures to achieve the integration of environmental concerns into other policy areas (environmental policy integration, EPI). The project aims to structure these findings and to identify avenues for future research.

The project focuses on two main themes:

  1. Is it possible to identify modes of governance which are typically used to promote EPI at particular levels, eg. local/regional, national, EU, global? If so, which governance modes are typically used at which levels
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Osterweiterung im Integrationskontext

Sektorale Handlungsmuster und ihr Einfluß auf die Erweiterungs- politik der Europäischen Union in den Bereichen Umwelt und Inneres
The dissertation of Ecologic Alumna Kerstin Imbusch deals with policy-making in EU's recent Eastern Enlargement. By comparing the enlargement processes of environmental policy and Home affairs it shows that EU-actors selected sector-specific approaches to deal with this challenge. Read more

Assessing the 5th Environmental Action Programme and the Cardiff Process

January 2000 to December 2000

The 5th Environmental Action Programme and the Cardiff Process constitute fundamental components in European environmental policy that will shape the architecture of European environmental policy in the coming years. Against this background the project "Assessing the 5th Environmental Action Programme and the Cardiff Process" traces the development of these initiatives and evaluates them from an environmental perspective.

In the course of the project two studies are produced to evaluate theRead more

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Integrating the Environment into EU External Affairs

November 2000 to June 2001

In June 1998 the heads of government and state of the Member States, who held a meeting in Cardiff, called upon the European Council to elaborate new strategies for the integration of environmental requirements into community policy. Within the scope of the project "Integrating the Environment into EU External Affairs", Ecologic and the IEEP London have drafted a strategy for the General Affairs Council.

At the Cologne European Council the General Affairs Council, composed of the foreign ministers of the Member States, was invited to develop a Cardiff strategy for itsRead more

Best Practices for Integrating Environmental Protection Requirements into other Sector Policies

TimeLoc
25 May 1999
Parallel to the integration process at the European level, similar processes take place within the Member States as well. With this perspective in mind the project "Best Practices for Integrating Environmental Protection Requirements into other Sector Policies" aims to highlight the integration processes in the Member States and to gain from them experiences for the further progression of the process.Read more

Fortentwicklung der EU-Umweltpolitik

Elemente für eine Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie für die Jahre 2000 bis 2010 unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Integration von Umwelterfordernissen in die anderen Gemeinschaftspolitiken
Kraemer, R. Andreas 2001: Fortentwicklung der EU-Umweltpolitik - Elemente für eine Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie für die Jahre 2000 bis 2010 unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Integration von Umwelterfordernissen in die anderen Gemeinschaftspolitiken. Ecologic, Institut für internationale und europäische Umweltpolitik, Berlin.Read more

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