European Parliament approves eighth Environment Action Programme


The European Parliament has formally approved the EU’s eighth Environment Action Programme (8EAP), which aims to guide environmental policy to 2030 and align it with the bloc’s Green Deal objectives.

Approved with 553 votes in favour, 130 against and seven abstentions, the Parliament confirmed an agreement reached with the Council of Ministers in December on the programme.

Objectives cover circular economy goals, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and a zero-pollution environment, including associated issues of harmful chemicals.

A key part of the programme is the Commission’s plans to monitor, assess and report annually on the progress made by the EU and member states in meeting the priority objectives.

The 8EAP “foresees a new summary dashboard and indicators measuring progress ‘beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP)’, to guide policymaking”.

It will also involve a review of the progress made by 31 March 2024. If this determines that more needs to be done to reach the priority objectives by 2030, the Commission “should table a legislative proposal with additional initiatives”, a Parliament press release said.

“EU, national, regional and local authorities must also implement effective, dissuasive and proportionate penalties to reduce the risks of non-compliance with EU environmental law,” it added.

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Chemical Watch, 11 March 2022