(05 April 2019) – Today, the Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), part of its initiative launched in 2016 to improve the implementation of European environmental policy.
The Review shows that eighteen Member States continue to struggle with high levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and fifteen countries need to further reduce emissions of particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10).
While overall the policy framework for the circular economy has been strengthened waste prevention remains an important challenge for all Member States.
Where water is concerned, much remains to be done to fully achieve the objectives of the water directives, and in particular good status for our water bodies until 2027.
When it comes to the protection of nature and biodiversity, most Member States need to speed up their efforts for the completion and management of the Natura 2000 network.
Regarding climate change, Member States have made good progress in implementing EU climate legislation and the 2020 targets are likely to be met.