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The implementation of EU environmental policies: efficiency issues.

Objective



Implementation issues are currently high on the political agenda in the European Union given the amount of Directives adopted in the early 90's. This research project deals with the description and the economic evaluation of the implementation processes of EU environmental Directives in the Member States. It attempts to answer questions such as: How are the environmental objectives of an environmental Directive modified during the implementation stage ? What are the key differences between implementation processes of EU Directives in France and the UK ? How does implementation affect the economic efficiency and the environmental effectiveness of a particular environmental policy ?
The core of the project is twofold. Firstly, it is based on three case studies of the implementation processes of European environmental regulation: the Directive 89/429 regulating emissions of existing domestic waste incinerators, the Directive 88/609 about emissions of SO2 and NOx by Large Combustion Plants and the Council Regulation 1836/93 on EMAS, the European eco-auditing scheme. For each case, the caracterisation and evaluation of their implementation processes will be carried out in 4 EU countries (F, G, NL, UK). Secondly, two aspects of the efficiency are investigated: the environmental effectiveness and the cost efficiency (administrative costs and pollution abatement costs).
This proposal involves the following teams: CERNA, the coordinator (F), CSTM, University of Twente (NL), the Free University of Berlin (G), SPRU (UK). Each team will be responsible for the analysis of the implementation processes of the three case studies in its own country. Next to results related to implementation performances, the expected policy oriented findings are the identification of possible implementation "best practices" and lessons for EU policy making given the diversity in national implementation styles.

Coordinator

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
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Boulevard Saint-michel 60
75272 Paris
France

Participants (3)

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom
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Mantell Building
BN1 9RF Falmer - Brighton
UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Netherlands
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Drienerlolaan 5
7500 AE Enschede
Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-HalleGmbH
Germany
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15,Permoser Strasse
04318 Leipzig