Implementation and Enforcement of EU Environmental Law

16-04-2012

The measures adopted by the Commission in the last 5 years defining the EU implementation and enforcement policy aim at improving the implementation rather than enforcement of EU law by enhancing Member States' role and capacity, including by delegating actions to the national level. The present note argues the need to strengthen the enforcement role of the Commission as the Guardian of the Treaties and proposes specific actions to be taken at EU level for the development of a strong policy for implementation and enforcement of EU environmental law.

The measures adopted by the Commission in the last 5 years defining the EU implementation and enforcement policy aim at improving the implementation rather than enforcement of EU law by enhancing Member States' role and capacity, including by delegating actions to the national level. The present note argues the need to strengthen the enforcement role of the Commission as the Guardian of the Treaties and proposes specific actions to be taken at EU level for the development of a strong policy for implementation and enforcement of EU environmental law.