The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the EU environment policy priorities for 2020: Towards a 7th EU Environment Action Programme.
The purpose of this consultation is to collect the views of all stakeholders, at EU and national level, and the public at large on the environment policy priorities up to 2020. Informed opinions are sought on the priority areas to be addressed and on the most effective tools for the EU to employ in addressing the challenges described in the consultation document.
Contributions will feed in the formulation of the 7th EU Environment Action Programme which should be a strategic document providing an overarching framework for recent environment policy initiatives and setting out priority objectives to be attained over the period up to 2020, in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Contributions are welcome from citizens, organisations and public authorities by 1 June 2012.
The launch of this consultation follows a recent communication by the Commission on better implementation of EU environment law. Failing to implement environment legislation is thought to cost the EU economy around €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment, as reported on the European Commission's website.