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Osmi program djelovanja za okoliš

Opinion Number: CDR 5234/2020
Rapporteur: KARNAVOS Dimitrios
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/02/2021
The 8th Environment Action Programme (EAP) is a strategic document that will guide the EU environmental policy until 2030. The EU treaties foresee its approval by Ordinary Legislative Procedure with consultation of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).
The CoR has already published a study and has approved an Own-initiative opinion on the 8th EAP that could provide inputs for the new legislative opinion.
The general objective of the opinion is to assess the proposed EAP and try to amend it, especially on aspects for which there is a particular importance of the local and regional dimension.
An element of particular importance is the cooperation between the European Commission and the CoR. The 7th EAP included a reference to the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment, an initiative for cooperation between the CoR and the Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission.
Since this opinion is of strategic general nature, it offers the possibility to provide CoR positions on the EU environmental policy in general, also in connection with the European Green Deal and on how local and regional authorities can contribute to its implementation.

- welcomes the 8th Environment Action Programme (EAP), which defines a strategic approach for environment and climate policies to 2030 and keeps a long-term vision for 2050 for living well within the planetary boundaries with a focus on better implementation and monitoring; calls for the EAP to have a strong complementary role to the European Green Deal and to support the EU's green recovery;

- argues that the EAP should aim to increase the connection between environment policy and health. A healthy living approach needs to be at the basis of all EU policies promoting human health, a healthy planet, a healthy economy and a healthy society with opportunities for all;

- considers that the "do not harm" principle, as well as being a healthy living approach, should guide the recovery and resilience plans to ensure policy integration and coherence;

- calls for strengthening the cooperation between the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions (CoR), in the framework of the Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment and calls for the inclusion of the platform in the EAP;

- supports creating a new monitoring framework with due regard towards existing ones. Advocates the involvement of the CoR and Local and Regional Authorities in the consultation process to define the key indicators to ensure that the local and regional dimension is adequately taken into account;

- calls for the EU to promote a holistic place-based and area-oriented approach taking into account the specific challenges and strengths of all typologies of communities such as urban and rural, but also coastal, mountain, island, archipelagic and outermost areas and considering the interactions between communities and their surrounding areas, in particular hinterlands of urban areas;

- urges that no precedent be set for future EAPs by the fact that the 8th EAP includes no measures; underlines that the Green Deal provides measures only till 2024 and calls for a mid-term clarification;

- calls for a well-functioning multi-level governance framework and encourages all the levels of governance to promote cross-administrative, interregional, intermunicipal and cross-border cooperation to implement the 8th EAP;

- calls for the full integration of environment and climate policies, and policies that enable a circular economy, into the budgetary, economic and social actions of the EU and reminds that the green recovery efforts should take into consideration territorial disparities and challenges and ensure that no community is left behind.



Commission calls for environmental sustainability to be at the core of EU education and training systems

The Commission published a proposal for a Council Recommendation on learning for environmental sustainability.https://education.ec.europa.eu/document/proposal-for-a-council-recommendation-on-learning-for-environmental-sustainability

The CoR opinion indicated that the CoR supports greater efforts in environmental education and in youth projects to raise environmental awareness.

14 Jan

8th EAP: member states endorse provisional political agreement reached with Parliament

EU ambassadors approved a provisional political agreement reached between the Council presidency and the European Parliament’s negotiators on 1 December, regarding the 8th Environmental Action Programme (EAP). The provisional agreement includes a new reference to cooperation with the CoR.

10 Dec

2nd trilogue on Environment Action Programme to 2030

The inter-institutional negotiations continued on the Environment Action Programme.
The next
Legislative observatory file: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2020/0300(COD)&l=en

Details on the trilogue available on Agence Europe: https://agenceurope.eu/en/bulletin/article/12813/12

Next trilogue foreseen for 1 December 2021.

14 Oct

Rapporteur-general Karnavos intervenes at the Stakeholder Workshop on the Indicators for the Monitoring Framework

The European Commissio has organized a workshop to consult stakeholder on the indicators for the new Monitoring Framework forseen by the Environment Action Programme (EAP).
The CoR Rapporteur-general on the 8th EAP, Mr Karnavos (EL/EPP) interveded at the workshop illustrating the CoR positions on this aspect.

08 Oct

Meeting between Rapporteur-general Karnavos and DG Environment

The CoR Rapporteur-general on the 8th Environment Action Programme (EAP), Mr Karnavos (EL/EPP) had a bilaterla meeting with officials of DG environment of the European Commission to illustrate the CoR positions in view of the next trilogues.

06 Oct

Aarhus Regulation - Council adopts its position at first reading

The CoR opinion on the EAP inluded:
29. supports strengthening the EU system of access to justice and welcomes the proposed changes of the Aarhus Convention underlines the need to strengthen the EU system on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters; calls on the Commission to promote a dialogue with the CoR and LRAs to ensure that local communities have access to appropriate channels for access to justice and can fully contribute to improvement of implementation of EU environment policy.

06 Oct

Workshop with Member States on indicators for the Monitoring Framework

DG ENV organized a workshop with Member States to discuss the indicators for the new Monitoring Framework foreseen by the Environment Action Programme.

09 Sep

1st Trilogue

The first Trilogue on the Environment Action Programme was done on 6 September 2021.
Agence Europe provided a summary of the main points of the discussion on the basis of a COREPER discussion on 8 September.

The European Commission published a Tweet.

At the ENVI committee meeting of 9 September the Vice-chair provided a very short update. Video at: https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/committee-on-environment-public-health-and-food-safety_20210909-0900-COMMITTEE-ENVI_vd Minute 9:10

The next Trilogue is foreseen for 14 October.

06 Sep

European Commission announcement on Consultation for Monitoring Framework of the Environment Action Programme

From announcement of the European Commission:
The Commission is currently preparing a monitoring framework with headline indicators for the 8th Environment Action Programme. The Commission will consult Member States on the draft framework with indicators during a whole-day workshop on 9 September 2021. Later in autumn, other external stakeholders will be consulted during another whole-day workshop.
Following these consultations, the Commission aims to present the final monitoring framework with headline indicators for the 8th EAP before the end of 2021.
For more information, see the explanatory note and the draft structure with indicators.

The CoR opinion included elements on the Monitoring Framework.

19 Jul

Political agreement on the Aarhus Regulation: Commission welcomes increased public scrutiny of EU acts related to the environment

The Commission welcomed the provisional political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the EU Member States in the Council on amending the Aarhus Regulation that will allow for increased public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment.

The CoR did not do an opinion on this proposal but it was mentioned in the opinion on the Environment Action Programme.

13 Jul

Council approved mandate for negotiation on Environment Action Programme

17 March: Ambassadors of EU Member States approved a mandate for the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament in order to reach an agreement on the 8th Environmental Action Programme.
Press release: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/03/17/8th-environment-action-programme-member-states-ready-to-start-negotiations-with-parliament/
Council mandate for negotiations:https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/48870/st-7121-2021-init.pdf
Video of the Informal conference of Environment Ministers of 18 March that discussed also the Environment Action Programme: https://video.consilium.europa.eu/event/en/24442

17 Mar

The Rapporteur-general on the Environment Action Programme participates to the debate in the ENVI Parliamentary Committee

The Rapporteur-general Karnavos (EL/EPP) participated to a meeting of the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament to give a statement during the debate on the Environment Action Programme.

Video (intervention of Mr Karnavos at time 9:25)

Procedure file in legislative observatory of the Parliament: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2020/0300(COD)&l=en

25 Feb