Between 2017-2019 a new project is carried out by the Commission with the support of Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands), Epsilon (Greece), Umweltbundesamt GmbH (UBA) (Austria) and COWI (Belgium).
The Commission (DG Environment) has initiated a project on “Developing an assessment framework for environmental governance in the Member States“. The objective of this project is to develop a framework for assessment of environmental governance and administrative performance in the Member States specific for the implementation of environmental legislation and policies. Such an assessment framework based on criteria and indicators shall be used for the development and better implementation of environmental governance policies and legislation and as a basis for the future country-based assessments under the ‘governance’ section of the Environment Implementation Review.
Document endorsed by EU Water Directors at their meeting in Tallinn on 4-5 December 2017.
Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) provides independent verification of the performance of environmental technologies. ETV is intended for technologies with innovative features that cannot be fully assessed through certification or labels.
Reporting period: 2016
On 21 November 2017, the European Commission organized together with the Committee of Regions a conference on “Municipal waste management and waste prevention” in Brussels. The conference was targeted at European municipalities and regions from Member States that have not met the 50% recycling target (which is to be met by 2020) yet and are seeking to improve their performance. The focus of the conference was on practical aspects of municipal waste management, showing how leading municipalities and regions have achieved excellent results. The conference is part of the Commission’s initiatives to promote compliance with the waste acquis across the European Union.
Member States are required to report on waste management activities under a number of EU Directives and Regulations. Most (though not all) of the data is reported in order to monitor compliance with a range of binding targets on various aspects of waste management, including collection, reuse, recycling, recovery and landfilling of different waste streams. In order for the European Commission to be able to properly evaluate compliance, then reliable and relevant data is needed. Such data can also support decision making for future targets and to promote sustainable development at the national and international levels.
The aim of this study was to identify and analyse the main sources of uncertainties, inconsistencies and gaps in the reporting of waste statistics across the EU282 and to provide recommendations for improvement.
The 5th Regional Workshop of the Platform took place on 12-14 October 2017 in Venzone. The workshop was organised in the scope of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process by the EUROPARC Federation with the European Landowners’ Organisation (ELO) and in partnership with the Prealpi Giulie Nature Park and the University of Udine.
Information on the platform has been published on DG Environment’s website.
Seven institutions and organisations were awarded EMAS and EU Ecolabel certificates.
Published in October 2017, the brochure on Circular Procurement provides an introduction to the European policy framework and practical guidance to those involved in public procurement decisions. The guidance is complemented by good practice experiences from across Europe demonstrating how circular economy principles are being employed in public procurement.