7th Environment Action Programme proposal released

7 December, 2012

The European Commission has released its proposal for the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP). Entitled ‘Living well, within the limits of our planet’, it will guide EU environmental policy to 2020. The EAP aims to achieve an inclusive green economy, protect the EU’s natural capital and address environment-related threats to EU citizens’ health. The proposal is to be considered by the European Parliament and the EU Council before becoming law, subject to agreement.


The proposed programme, the seventh of its kind, builds on the significant achievements of 40 years of EU environment policy, and draws on a number of recent strategic initiatives in the field of environment, such as the Resource Efficiency Roadmap and the Water Blueprint, to drive forward the EU’s sustainability agenda. It will seek commitment to a common agenda for environmental policy up to 2020 from EU institutions, Member States and regional and local administrations. According to the Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, shared responsibility between the EU and Member States for achieving these goals is “the key cornerstone of the proposal”.


The EAP contains nine priority objectives. These include protecting nature and strengthening ecological resilience, boosting resource-efficient and low-carbon growth, and addressing environmental threats to citizens’ health.


The Commissioner says the objectives will be achieved through  the 4 ‘i’s:  better implementation of legislation, better information by improving the scientific evidence base, more investment for the environment, and full integration of environmental concerns into other policies. The programme also aims to boost efforts to help Europe’s cities become more sustainable and improve the EU’s capacity to meet global environmental challenges.


Press release


7th EAP proposal website