Environmental policy integration in Europe


Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

Article 6 of the European Community Treaty states that ‘environmental protection requirements must be integrated into the definition and implementation of the Community policies and activities (...) in particular with a view to promoting sustainable development’.

Environmental policy integration (EPI) involves a continual process to ensure environmental issues are reflected in all policymaking. This generally demands changes in political, organisational and procedural activities, so that environmental issues are taken on board as early as possible and continuing during implementation. The product of EPI should be an overall improvement in policy and its implementation, in line with sustainable development needs.

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