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EU:n ympäristölainsäädäntö: raportoinnin ja noudattamisen parantaminen

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Opinion Number: CDR 5660/2015
Rapporteur: 
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 07/04/2016
 
The European Commission has to explore efficiency gains and address unnecessary administrative burden in environmental monitoring and reporting (M&R) in particular by automatisation of the reporting tools, and by looking at synergies across reporting obligations under different directives; "implementation scoreboards" should be established for additional directives.

The European Commission and the EEA have to further explore within pilot projects how environmental M&R requirements on local and regional authorities can be reduced by ICT and eGgovernment without affecting the impact of legislation.

INSPIRE should be further developed an eGovernment tool to provide the central common format and process for data collecting on environmental spatial information for streamlining environmental M&R. Member States, with support from the European Commission, have to strengthen the involvement of their regional and local authorities in the INSPIRE process.

The European Commission has to come forward in the near future with an initiative on compliance assurance, and supports the option of a horizontal EU directive, which would establish compliance assurance provisions across the EU environmental acquis, based on principles as mentioned in the CoR opinion.

The European Parliament and the Council are requested to jointly explore with the CoR how the CoR in its advisory function can bring the experiences of local and regional authorities to their individual scrutiny exercises, taking account of the CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment that could be associated with European Parliament and Council debates on better environmental implementation;

The European Commission should closely associate the Committee of the Regions with any future initiatives that aim at improving environmental implementation and governance, such as the Environmental Implementation Review initiative.
The rapporteur succeeded in promoting the subject of the opinion in his home country and national media by organising in June 2016 a CoR local event and European Green Week partner event on "EU environment law and INSPIRE: improving reporting and compliance - investing for a greener future" in Rakvere, Estonia.

The CoR Outlook Opinion called on the "European Commission to closely associate the Committee of the Regions with […] the *Environmental Implementation Review *(EIR) initiative".

In line with this call, the European Commission Communication on the EIR of May 2017 states that "The Commission will also liaise with the Committee of the Regions in respect of the key horizontal findings in order to engage with local and regional representatives in raising awareness about specific actions (footnote: For example through the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment set up by the Committee of the Regions and the Commission, referred to in the 7th EAP, p. 189). The outcomes of these dialogues will inform the Commission's follow up of each EIR cycle."

On 13 September 2016, a first important cooperative action was successfully co-organised, joint CoR/EC seminar at the CoR on "The new Environmental Implementation Review (EIR): What's in it for regions and cities?", with participation by the rapporteur and several other ENVE members. On 20 October 2016, the ENVE Chair sent letters to Environment Commissioner Vella, the Maltese Environment Minister as the incoming Presidency of the ENV Council, and Mr La Via, Chair of the EP ENVI Committee, informing them about the outcomes of the seminar and suggesting means for cooperation on the EIR.

The European Commission Staff Working Document "Towards a Fitness Check of EU environmental monitoring and reporting: to ensure effective monitoring, more transparency and focused reporting of EU environment policy", SWD(2016)188, of 27 May 2016 recognised the CoR Outlook Opinion by stating that "This undertaking will only be successful if all involved join forces. The Commission and its services will engage actively through workshops, consultations, evidence gathering and bilateral dialogues with EU institutions and bodies to find the best ways forward throughout the process; the opinion of the Committee of the Regions is a valuable contribution to this end."

Moreover, in line with the CoR Outlook Opinions' recommendations to improve compliance assurance (yet the CoR calls for a legislative proposal on this), the European Commission in its work programme for 2017 foresees a "REFIT initiative to ensure proper implementation and enforcement of environmental regulation, including environmental compliance assurance."

On 9 June 2017, the* European Commission adopted the Report "Actions to Streamline Environmental Reporting" (COM(2017) 312 final),* accompanied by European Commission Staff Working Document "Fitness check of Reporting and Monitoring of EU Environment Policy accompanying the document"(SWD(2017) 230 final).
The report takes into consideration several of the CoR outlook opinions' recommendations. The Staff Working Document refers to the CoR contribution to the fitness-check by the CoR Outlook Opinion.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- urges the European Commission to explore efficiency gains and address unnecessary administrative burden in environmental monitoring and reporting (M&R) in particular by automatisation of the reporting tools, and by looking at synergies across reporting obligations under different directives; "implementation scoreboards" should be established for additional directives;

- calls on the European Commission and the EEA to further explore within pilot projects how environmental M&R requirements on local and regional authorities can be reduced by ICT and eGgovernment without affecting the impact of legislation;

- supports further development of INSPIRE as an eGovernment tool to provide the central common format and process for data collecting on environmental spatial information for streamlining environmental M&R; urges Member States, with support from the European Commission, to strengthen the involvement of their regional and local authorities in the INSPIRE process;

- calls on the European Commission to come forward in the near future with an initiative on compliance assurance, and supports the option of a horizontal EU directive, which would establish compliance assurance provisions across the EU environmental acquis, based on principles as mentioned in the CoR opinion;

- asks the European Parliament and the Council to jointly explore with the CoR how the CoR in its advisory function can bring the experiences of local and regional authorities to their individual scrutiny exercises, taking account of the CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment that could be associated with European Parliament and Council debates on better environmental implementation;

- calls on the European Commission to closely associate the Committee of the Regions with any future initiatives that aim at improving environmental implementation and governance, such as the Environmental Implementation Review initiative.

Importance

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European Commission initiative on environmental compliance assurance

REFIT initiative to ensure proper implementation and enforcement of environmental regulation, including environmental compliance assurance (date tbc)

 
15 Oct
 

European Commission Report "Actions to Streamline Environmental Reporting"

Report from the European Commission "Actions to Streamline Environmental Reporting" (COM(2017) 312 final), accompanied by European Commission Staff Working Document "Fitness check of Reporting and Monitoring of EU Environment Policy accompanying the document"(SWD(2017) 230 final).
The report takes into consideration several of the CoR outlook opinions' recommendations. The Staff Working Document refers to the CoR contribution to the fitness-check by the CoR Outlook Opinion.

 
09 Jun
 

European Commission Stakeholder Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance - participation by the rapporteur

Stakeholder Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance - with presentation by the rapporteur

 
31 Jan
 

European Commission repeal package on Standardised Reporting Directive

The majority of the original obligations set out in Directive 91/692/EEC ("Standardised Reporting Directive") have for different reasons become obsolete and have no legal effect anymore. As a result, the European Commission proposes to repeal the Directive in line with the Better Regulation agenda. In addition, the legislative proposal repeals and amends provisions of six legal acts in the area of environment/climate change that still refer to Directive 91/692/EEC, including replacing provisions that refer to old comitology by references to implementing and delegated acts.
(COM(2016) 789 final - 2016/0394 (COD))
The legislative proposal is accompanied by a non-legislative Communication COM(2016)793 final, which declares the obsolescence of 11 implementing decisions still in force adopted by the Commission to establish questionnaires for environmental reporting including Decision 95/337/EEC.

 
15 Dec
 

ENVE Commission activity

As a follow-up to the seminar letters were sent to Commissioner Vella, ENVI Committee Chair Mr La Via, and the Maltese Environment Minister.

 
20 Oct
 

European Commission

Participation of ENVE secretariat as observer in meeting of the European Commission Expert Group Greening the Semester and national Experts for the EIR.

 
14 Sep
 

ENVE Commission activity

Event of CoR/EC Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment on the role of local and regional authorities in the new EC Environmental Implementation Review. Participation of CoR rapporteur.

 
13 Sep
 

European Commission

Meeting at Directors level between the CoR secretariat and the European Commission to explore possible cooperation on the EIR.

 
25 Aug
 

CoR ENVE secretariat with EP ENVI Committee

Meeting of CoR ENVE secretariat with EP ENVI Committee secretariat to explore possible cooperation on the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR).

 
23 Jun
 

Council

ENV Council debate or conclusions on delivering better results in environment policy

 
20 Jun
 

CoR local event and European Green Week partner event

CoR local event and European Green Week partner event organised by the rapporteur on "EU environment law and INSPIRE: improving reporting and compliance - investing for a greener future" in Rakvere, Estonia.

With participation of Estonian Environment Minister, and CoR members Ms Matoniene, Ms Haijanen and Mr Silberg. Good coverage in national media.

 
02 Jun
 

European Commission

European Commission Stakeholder Workshop on the Fitness Check on Environmental Monitoring and Reporting, with participation of ENVE Secretariat and short presentation of CoR opinion

 
27 May
 

European Commission

European Commission adopts Communication "Delivering the benefits of EU environmental policies through a regular Environmental Implementation Review" (EIR), COM(2016) 316 final. The also states that "The Commission will also liaise with the Committee of the Regions in respect of the key horizontal findings in order to engage with local and regional representatives in raising awareness about specific actions (footnote: For example through the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment set up by the Committee of the Regions and the Commission, referred to in the 7th EAP, p. 189). The outcomes of these dialogues will inform the Commission's follow up of each EIR cycle."

 
27 May
 

European Commission

European Commission adopts Staff Working Document "Towards a Fitness Check of EU environmental monitoring and reporting: to ensure effective monitoring, more transparency and focused reporting of EU environment policy", SWD(2016) 188. The SWD recognises the CoR opinion by stating that "This undertaking will only be successful if all involved join forces. The Commission and its services will engage actively through workshops, consultations, evidence gathering and bilateral dialogues with EU institutions and bodies to find the best ways forward throughout the process; the opinion of the Committee of the Regions is a valuable contribution to this end."

 
27 May
 

ENVE Commission

ENVE Chair follow-up letter of last ENVE thematic debate sent to Commissioner Vella, underlining that the CoR anticipates the upcoming Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) initiative, offering to contribute to it by making also use of the Technical Platform and to develop a joint ENVE-DG ENV structured cooperation on EIR and the Technical Platform.

 
29 Apr
 

European Commission Stakeholder workshop Fitness Check of Environmental Monitoring and Reporting

Fitness Check of Environmental Monitoring and Reporting - Workshop
Carsten Brauns attended and shortly presented the CoR Outlook Opinion of Mr JAADLA

 
27 Apr
 

Tallinna TV news

Mr Jaadla was interview in Tallinna TV concerning his opinion.

 
19 Apr
 

EU Presidency Conference of "Make it Work Project"

Council/EU Presidency activity

 
04 Apr
 

Council

EU-Presidency conference on reporting under environment law

 
31 Mar
 

Publication of EC Roadmap "Communication on a regular Environmental Implementation Review. Delivering the benefits of existing Environmental Policies and Rules."

Roadmap describes the Communication and the process.

 
14 Mar
 

Local and regional media

Article about Rakvere City Council member, Andres Jaadla the CoR rapporteur on " EU Environmental Law: Improving reporting and compliance" in local and regional media.

 
01 Mar
 

Local and regional media

Article about Andres Jaadla rapporteur rapporteurship on "EU environmental law: Improving reporting and compliance."

 
01 Mar
 

7th meeting of the ENVE Commission

Statements were given by: Director Ciobanu-Dordea from the European Commission, MEP Gesine Meissner, and Mr Jan Teekens from the Netherlands' Presidency of the EU

 
24 Feb
 

CoR Commission activity

Exchange of views at CoR ENVE Commission, with the participation of DG ENV European Commission, and Simon Bingham, IMPEL

 
20 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

Participation of ENVE Secretariat in workshop Environmental Monitoring and Reporting, Brussels, co-organised by the European Commission and the Make it Work Project

 
19 Nov
 

European Commission

Launch of European Commission public consultation on "Streamlining monitoring and reporting obligations in environment policy"

 
18 Nov
 

European Commission

European Commission Work Programme 2016 announces Environmental Reporting Initiative for 2016, which will comprise a Fitness Check to identify opportunities to simplify and alleviate reporting obligations stemming from EU environmental law with a view to develop a more modern, efficient and effective system for regulatory monitoring

 
26 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

Meeting with European Commission, DG Environment

 
12 Oct