EU Related Policies
Principles and Objectives of Community Action in the Field of the Environment
Community policy in the environment domain is focussed on achieving the objectives set out in article 174 of the EC Treaty such as, preserving, protecting and improving the quality of the environment, protecting human health, promoting a prudent and rational use of natural resources and promoting measures at international level to deal with regional or world-wide environmental problems.
Several principles have to be respected within this framework: the precautionary principle; preventive action; rectification of environmental damage at source; the polluter pays principle; the subsidiarity principle; and the proportionality principle.
Further, Article 6 sets out a new principle that environmental requirements must be integrated in the definition and implementation of the Community policies in particular with a view to promoting sustainable development.
Summary of Environmental Legislation in Force
Some examples of EC Environmental legislation are as follows:
Air / Industrial Plants:
Nature / Biodiversity:
Some specific topics are dealt with in some more detail below.
1. Climate Change: