European Environment Agency (EEA)

Europe`s Environment - The fourth assessment. Executive summary


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The ‘Environment for Europe’ process now brings together 56 countries across three continents to jointly address environmental challenges. In support of this process, the European Environment Agency has prepared a series of assessments of the environment for the pan‑European region to provide policy‑relevant, up‑to‑date and reliable information on the interactions between the environment and society.

The first comprehensive assessment of the state of the pan‑European environment was presented in Sofia in 1995. Updated assessments were presented at the Ministerial Conferences in Aarhus in 1998 and Kiev in 2003.

This is the fourth report in the series. Where possible the report evaluates progress, primarily against the objectives of the Sixth Environment Action Programme of the European Community and the Environment Strategy for Countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.  The report has been prepared in close partnership with a range of international organisations, governmental institutions and non‑governmental organisations across the region.  Despite noteworthy progress in promoting environmental policy and sustainable development across the pan‑European region, an ‘implementation gap’ in the use of integrated policy approaches remains.

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