The Environment for Europe process is a political framework for a wide range of initiatives that aim to improve environmental performance across the wider European region. This brochure describes the European Commission’s contributions to the process and environmental co-operation in the region generally since the Aarhus conference in 1998. It also sets out its priorities for action after the Kiev Conference in May 2003.
The rapid changes in Europe over the past decade and the cross-border nature of environmental problems demand close collaboration between the EU and the wider European region. At Aarhus, it was decided that Environment for Europe should refocus especially on those countries outside the EU Accession Process. This has been the emphasis of the EU’s contribution since then.