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1 Mara Silina European Environmental Bureau (EEB) * * * Regional training on policy analysis with special accent on EU approximation 26 – 29 May 2014 in Becici/Budva, Montenegro “ Overview of EU main environmental issues Chapter 27 – environment and climate change

2 Points I will try to cover are  The European Environmental Bureau – who we are and what we do  Approximation process and negotiations of different chapters of the EU legislation  EU climate policy  2030 policy framework in the making  Implementation in the Member States and candidate and potential candidate countries

3 33 The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)  the largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe  More than 140 member organisations based in EU Member States and increasingly in candidate and potential candidate countries as well as in a few neighbouring countries with more than 15 million members and supporters Created in 1974 with the purpose to represent its members’ interests vis-à-vis the EU institutions

4 44 The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)  The aim of the EEB is to protect and improve the environment of Europe and to enable the citizens of Europe to play their role in achieving this goal  EEB’s specific mission is to promote strong environmental policies and sustainable development on the EU level and outside Integrate environmental concerns into other policy areas Provide a focal point for its members to monitor and respond to EU policies We work on all EU environmental policy areas as well as issues related to CAP, energy etc.

5 The EEB in the EU net EEB Members National Governments & Parliaments The Public Media EU Institutions: Commission, EP, Council Other Organisations: Social, Consumer, Trade Unions, … Industry

6 66 The process of joining the EU  Starts with the country becoming an official candidate country  Move on to formal membership negotiations when the country fulfils certain criteria  Negotiations are on full EU law book – acquis – divided in 33 chapters  When negotiation process and necessary reforms are completed - countries can join the EU Welcome to the cl ub!!!

7 77 Screeening multilateral and bilateral screening in Brussels Very detailed examination for each policy field to determine how the country is prepared for joining the EU  Involvement of CSOs is important but not very easy!!!

8 88 Opening and closing Benchmarks Opening and closing benchmarks were new instruments designed by the EU that were used for the first time during Croatia's and Turkey’s accession negotiations, as a tool to emphasize the most important reforms on the path to the full alignment with the acquis. They are prepared on the basis of the screening report Closing benchmarks reflect the outcome of the negotiations and have to be met before the chapter is closed  Should be closely followed within the country by CSOs!!!

9 99 Negotiations Content of legislation is not a topic for negotiations but the conditions and timing of the adoption, implementation and enforcement of all current EU rules (acquis) Other issues discussed are financial arrangments and transitional arrangments (periods) Negotiation positions prepared by countries before the start of actual negotiations EU adopts its common position based on countries’ position Closed to the public Can take quite a long time before all chapters are closed  CSOs have to get involved and follow at different levels – national and international

10 10 Closing chapters and the Accession Treaty No chapter is closed until every EU member state is satisfied with candidate country’s progress Negotiations are closed when all chapters are closed Accession Treaty « rubberstamps » the EU membership and includes detailed terms and conditions of membership, transitional arrangements and deadlines, details on financial arrangements and any safeguard clauses Accession Treaty is not final and binding until supported by the EU council, the Commission and the European Parliament,signed by the candidate country and representatives of all EU countries and ratified by the candidate country and every individual EU country according to their constitutional rules (parlamentary vote, referendum etc.)

11 11 List of chapters Chapter 1: Free movement of goods Chapter 2: Freedom of movement for workers Chapter 3: Right of establishment and freedom to provide services Chapter 4: Free movement of capital Chapter 5: Public procurement Chapter 6: Company law Chapter 7: Intellectual property law Chapter 8: Competition policy Chapter 9: Financial services Chapter 10: Information society and media Chapter 11: Agriculture and rural development Chapter 12: Food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy. Chapter 13: Fisheries Chapter 14: Transport policy

12 12 List of chapters Chapter 14: Transport policy Chapter 15: Energy Chapter 16: Taxation Chapter 17: Economic and monetary policy Chapter 18: Statistics. Chapter 19: Social policy and employment Chapter 20: Enterprise and industrial policy Chapter 21: Trans-European networks Chapter 22: Regional policy and coordination of structural instruments Chapter 23: Judiciary and fundamental rights Chapter 24: Justice, freedom and security Chapter 25: Science and research

13 13 List of chapters Chapter 26: Education and culture Chapter 27: Environment and climate change Chapter 28: Consumer and health protection Chapter 29: Customs union Chapter 30: External relations Chapter 31: Foreign, security and defence policy Chapter 32: Financial control Chapter 33: Financial and budgetary provisions

14 14 Chapter 13 - Fisheries  The acquis on fisheries consists of regulations, which do not require transposition into national legislation  However, it requires the introduction of measures to prepare the administration and the operators for participation in the common fisheries policy  In some cases, existing fisheries agreements and conventions with third countries or international organisations need to be adapted  CFP – set of rules for managing European fishing fleets and for conserving fish stocks  First introduced in the 1970s with several updates – the last on took effect on 1 January ndex_en.htm

15 15 C hapter 14 - Transport Governed by the Title VI Art. 90 to 100 of the Treaty on Functioning of the European Union EU transport legislation aims at improving the functioning of the internal market by promoting safe, efficient and environmentally sound and user friendly transport services Transport acquis covers sectors of road transport, railways, inland waterways, combined transport, aviation, and maritime transport It relates to technical and safety standards, security, social standards, state aid control and market liberalisation in the context of the internal transport market

16 16 Chapter 15 - Energy EU energy policy objectives include the improvement of competitiveness, security of energy supplies and the protection of the environment The energy acquis consists of rules and policies regarding competition and state aids (including in the coal sector), the internal energy market (opening up of the electricity and gas markets, promotion of renewable energy sources), energy efficiency, nuclear energy and nuclear safety and radiation protection

17 17 Chapter 27 – Environment and climate change EU environment policy aims to promote sustainable development and protect the environment for present and future generations. It is based on preventive action, the polluter pays principle, fighting environmental damage at source, shared responsibility and the integration of environmental protection into other EU policies. The acquis comprises over 200 major legal acts covering horizontal legislation, water and air quality, waste management, nature protection, industrial pollution control and risk management, chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), noise and forestry. Compliance with the acquis requires investment. A strong and well- equipped administration at national and local level is imperative for the application and enforcement of the environment acquis.

18 EU climate policy over time EU Climate policy over time UN Kyoto Protocol agreed with the EU as a party EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) starts EU leaders commit to 2020 climate targets: 20% GHG reduction 20% increase in RES 20% increase in energy efficiency 2020 climate and energy package Third Internal Energy Market Package Lisbon Treaty with a dedicated energy chapter Commission publishes 2050 Low- Carbon and Energy Roadmaps Commission publishes White Paper on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework

19 2020 climate and energy Package Setting targets into legislation –A legislative package to ensure the EU meets its 2020 targets (GHG, RES, EE) adopted in 2009 : Revision of the EU ETS Effort Sharing Decision – binding targets on member states in sectors outside of the EU ETS National renewable energy targets under the Renewable Energy Directive Directive for creating a legal framework for the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) Cars CO2 standards

20 Decarbonisation in the long term Roadmaps for 2050 –The Commission developed a longer-term vision with its Low- Carbon and Energy Roadmaps 2050 published in 2011 –Answer to the EU’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions to % below 1990 levels –Focus on decarbonisation, competitiveness and security of supply – Models a cost-effective pathway to reach an 80% GHG cut by 2050 Sets milestones of 40% for 2030 and 60% for 2040 –Investment needs: €270 bn or 1.5% of EU GDP annually over the next four decades –Energy efficiency and renewables crucial

21 Other key policies with climate impact –F-gas Regulation –Proposal for CO2 tax –Air quality legislation (incl. Industrial Emissions Directive) –Various energy savings legislation Energy Efficiency Directive Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Ecodesign and Energy Labelling

22 Climate and Energy Policy Framework –Commission White Paper on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework published in January 40% GHG reduction At least 27% renewable energy – no goal for transport Energy efficiency to be decided after review of the EED in the summer –A fourth target on energy infrastructure requested by some member states

23 Political process How the 2030 policy will be made –European Parliament and Council co- legislators –EP already adopted own-initiative report calling for three targets –Council committed to agreeing on targets by October Pressure from the timetable of the international climate negotiations –The Commission will follow with legislative proposals

24 Role of Member States Implementing EU policy –Targets currently divided between member states Exception of energy efficiency – problems with achieving the target EU legislation to be transposed into national law Commission can launch infringement proceedings where a Member State is not in compliance

25 What role for candidate & potential countries in EU policy –EU acquis must be implemented –When joining, each country will be attributed their own national sub-targets under the 2020 policy or 2030 once agreed –Good time to push for important reforms in the energy markets, penetration of clean energy technologies, interconnections, etc. –Smart use of EU funding

26 Influencing EU policy making Advocacy work Three decision-making instances: European Commission European Parliament MEPs grouped into political groups Assistants, group advisers European Council National ministries Permanent representations in Brussels

27 Role of CSOs in the approximation process Monitor the Chapter 27 before, during and after the negotiations Build coalitions, develop networking Contacts with key people in the administration at local& national levels Contacts with Brussels based organisations And much more ….

28 Role of and channels for CSOs to intervene in the approximation process Monitor the Chapter 27 before, during and after the negotiations  TIPs:  Prepare your own positions on each issue you are interested/involved  find responsible people in the Ministry of Environment, Parliament etc. and get to know them  Communicate your message clearly  Prepare your input for yearly Progress report and follow whether it is reflected in the final report.  Communicate your input to the EU (responsible desk officer)

29 29 Thank you! Want to know more or join in the work – please contact me: Tel.: Fax:


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