The environmental results of the Accession process - Observations from environmental organisations in the New Member States

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Courtesy of European Environmental Bureau

With this special report the EEB presents views of its member organisations in the new Member States on impact of the accession process to the environment, on the development of civic society and perspectives for the future. The report summarises results of the survey the EEB has organised in nine new Member States. The aim of the survey was to look back on the accession process and to see what environmental NGOs in the Accession Countries thought about the whole process, whether it improved the environmental situation in their countries, did it help to strengthen the role and involvement of civic society and environmental NGOs, in particular in the acceding countries, and how they saw the implementation of the acquis communitaire. These and many other questions (in total 28) were asked of the EEB member organisations in the Accession Countries and our partner organisation in Lithuania to evaluate the impact of the accession process.

The survey was not aimed at giving an exhaustive and complete overview of what all organisations in these countries thought about these issues, but it demonstrates views from the biggest organisations in these countries. We received responses from Cyprus (Federation of Environmental and Ecological organisations of Cyprus), Czech Republic (Society for Sustainable Living, Institute for Environmental Policy and Green Circle), Estonia (Estonian Society for Nature Conservation), Hungary (National Society of Conservationists), Latvia (Environmental Protection Club), Lithuania (Centre for Environmental Policy), Malta (Nature Trust Malta), Poland (Institute for Sustainable Development) and Slovenia (Umanotera). The only country missing in this survey is Slovakia as the EEB does not yet have a member organisation there. The full Information from these nine countires as well as from Bulgaria (Borrowed Nature Association), Romania (GEC Bucovina - Ecological Group for Co-operation), Turkey (CEKUL) and Serbia (Ecological Movement of the City of Novy Sad) will be made available on the EEB website.

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