Commission releases Communication on implementation and enforcement of EU environment law

The European Commission published a Communication on Wednesday 07 March in response to a December 2010 Environment Council request that member states and the Commission enhance and improve the implementation and enforcement of EU environment legislation. The Communication focuses on knowledge about the state of the environment and how to tackle challenges on the ground. The Commission says that better access to good quality and comparable information, better complaint handling and access to justice will help to reduce the costs of  non-compliance which is estimated at € 50 billion.   Of particular interest to IMPEL is the Commission’s references to: “…the closing of information gaps on compliance promotion and enforcement…including potentially promising complementary ones involving incentives”, the improvements to be considered for inspections and surveillance including the use of the IMPEL Review Initiative (IRI) mechanism, and through capacity building by strengthening secretariats and enhanced cooperation between networks.

For the European Commission’s press statement please see: Better implementation will lower costs and improve the environment.