EEB believes that the EU has yet to meet expectations on 6EAP’s obligations and commitments. Only with climate change, itself a highly important field, has the EU delivered what it promised. Elsewhere, important opportunities have been missed, such as new rules for EU spending, and time was lost in producing the Thematic Strategies. EEB even perceives signs of roll-back, of weakening existing legislation, particularly with waste management and air quality. However, we also note that over the past year, environmental issues have risen up the political agenda, especially when they are related to climate change. EEB hopes this positive trend will continue, and calls on Council and Parliament to reinforce the trend by insisting that the Commission provides a set of initiatives as presented in this paper.