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
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:
- 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 Read more
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
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