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1 Governance and Lobbying in the European Union The European Environmental Bureau (EEB): -Aims, structure, activities -How we work to make a difference Regina Schneider EEB, Head of Communications

2 EEB - EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL BUREAU European Environmental Bureau Bureau Européen de lEnvironnement EEB was created in 1974 to represent ENGOs interests vis-à-vis the EU Institutions It is a federation of more than 140 environmental citizens organisations based in almost all EU Member States, potential new Member States and a few neighbouring countries.


4 EEB is the environmental voice of European citizens, standing for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. We want the EU to ensure all people a healthy environment and rich biodiversity. European Environmental Bureau EEBs Mission statement

5 EEB work is a combination of reactive and proactive activities These are some of EEBs policy aims for the next five years: Sustainable development strategy within EU policy People and planet focused EU-2020 strategy EU financial perspective which supports environmentally sustainable development and social cohesion A 7th environmental action programme Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and 40% reduction target by 2020 Halt biodiversity decline and increase ecosystem resilience by 2020 Set absolute limits on resource use and reduce ecofootprint by 50% by 2020 Strengthen public health protection (REACH, IPPC, nanotech; etc) Fully integrate sustainability and environmental concerns into EU's external trade policies European Environmental Bureau EEBs Long term strategy

6 European Environmental Bureau Bureau Européen de lEnvironnement N etworking on EU Environmental Policies Main bodies: - AGM (Annual General Meeting), - Board, 1 Board Member per country where EEB has a full member To be effective, close cooperation and information exchange with EEB member organisations and their experts is crucial. For this purpose EEB has created working groups: Agriculture Air Pollution Biodiversity Chemicals Ecolabel Ecological Product Policy Energy Efficiency Environmental Fiscal reform Industry-IPPC Nanotechnology Natural Resources Noise Soil Waste Water Zero mercury working group 1 global project: Zero Mercury Campaign an its WG Double purpose of all WGs: repare + formulate EEB positions; capacity building and training

7 European Environmental Bureau Bureau Européen de lEnvironnement The Horizontal Issues 1.Environmental Policy Integration 2.Sustainable Development 3.Aarhus Convention (UN Convention) Incl. Access to the Court 4.Access to Information Transparency 5.Good Governance Participatory Democracy 6.Enforcement, eg Environmental Impact Assessment 7.Environmental Fiscal Reform

8 The Brussels Scene European Environmental Bureau Bureau Européen de lEnvironnement Around 18,000 lobbyists Around 97% industry and political lobby Remaining 3% environment, consumer, social, animal welfare Everybody trying to influence EU decision making processes, thus lobby Commission, EP, Council

9 The EEB in the EU web EEB Members National Governments & Parliaments The Public Media E.U. Institutions Commission, EP, Council Other Organisations: Social, Consumer, Trade Unions, … Industry

10 European Environmental Bureau Bureau Européen de lEnvironnement How can we lobby – make a difference? … always in close cooperation with our members! We have to know the system –Competences of EU Institutions, decision-making procedures, voting systems, the most important Treaty articles Be aware of the work programme, important deadlines, people in charge, road map etc Get information and draft texts as early as possible Collect background information, reports, eg WHO, EEA, OECD Establish personal contacts with the officials in the different institutions (to know the right people is crucial) … stakeholder meetings, seminars, elaboration of positions papers, letters, press releases, voting recommendations …at national and EU level Key words for our work: CREDIBILITY, transparency, fact-based information, timely input EEB has managed to become a respected partner and a valuable source of information

11 European Environmental Bureau Bureau Européen de lEnvironnement COALITION BUILDING Depending on the issue and often only during special Campaigns EEB co-operates with: Other environmental organisations, eg the Green 10 (G10) Consumer organisations Health organisations Social organisations – Social Platform Transport organisations Trade unions Specific companies Womens organisations Animal welfare groups …

12 AIR 1.(Hopefully) Revision of National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive. The revision is expected to set tighter limits on emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ammonia and first- ever national caps on emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). 2.Revision of Deco Paint directive with the aim of further reducing VOCs emissions from paints and varnishes and extending the scope of the directive. 3.(coming soon) Revision of Sulphur in Fuels directive. This is mainly about air pollution from ships, so this might be interesting for Poland (pollution in the Baltic Sea). 4.Strict enforcement of the Air Quality Directive, and participation in the preparation for its revision in The AQD is something that usually interests members, especially the PM10 limit values which are set for all cities in Europe but which are infringed by most Member States. We are also working with some of our members (in Hungary and Germany) on a city ranking project aiming at highlighting best practices to reduce urban air pollution. Very dynamic and active Clean Air Working Group supporting EEBs lobbying activities. Strong link environment – health. European Environmental Bureau For further information on the issue, please contact Louise Duprez: T

13 NANOTECHNOLOGY 1.Our goal: ensure the safe development and use of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials in consumer products or in processes. 2.Lobbying activities on many EU regulations currently in co-decision: Novel foods, RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (waste of electric and electronic equipment), Biocides (nano silver contained in socks), information to consumers. 3.Active involvement on inclusion of nano in the REACH [1] framework (participation in so called REACH implementation projects set up by DG ENV) [1] 4.Active participation in any public consultations, dialogues or hearings organised by the European Commission. 5.(international) Ensure NGO participation on OECD working parties on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. 6.Inform EEB members on the latest developments of science, with a focus on potential toxicity and ecotoxicity of engineered nanomaterials. 7.One or two full days working group meetings with EEB members every year… For further information on these issues, please contact Louise Duprez: T [1] [1] Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) European Environmental Bureau

14 International Negotiations on Mercury: UNEP Governing Council in Feb 2009 decided that we need a global treaty on mercury 1st meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC1) is in June 2010 – In preparation for this ZMWG has already developed partial concept text, presented in March this year INC2 is in January 2011 (Tokyo) and then INC3 will be in October THIS INC3 is under the Polish presidency!!!

15 International Negotiations on Mercury: Active participation and leadership role of EU at the global negotiations is imperative!!! EU is reviewing its Mercury Strategy, ZMWG sent letter to Environment Council As EEB we have been requesting measures to control mercury emissions from LCPs (large combustion plants) are taken Relevance for Poland is that it is using energy from coal-fired power plants – which are contributing massively to mercury emissions - but obviously it is also a problem in other countries Overlapping environment and health, mercury, industry and waste policy European Environmental Bureau

16 EEB started discussions on its 2011 work programme: To do already in 2010: - Letter with EEBs political priorities for 2011 [adopted in June Board meeting] - Contacts with new Hungarian Minister after elections (so after April) - Seek stronger involvement of Polish NGOs - Work with Denmark in 2010 to have influence on the troika agenda! - In Hungary: capacity building workshop in September - In Poland: propose and plan workshop for early Special attention for building up relations with officials of the two governments

17 Thank you for your attention In the field of the environment around 85% of your national law depends on or is influenced by EU law – it is worth getting involved at EU level So there are good reasons to get interested in what is happening at EU level and EEB hopes that this meeting will lead to stronger co-operation between the EEB and the Polish NGOs – there are plenty of opportunities to change things for the better and we need your help

18 EEBS WEBSITES If you wish to find out more about the EEB and its work Take a look at the new & improved EEB web site It gives information about the EEB, its activities, EEB publications, press releases, position papers. And you also find links to European ECO forum Public Participation Campaign Zero Mercury Global Campaign and others – go and have a look European Environmental Bureau

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