Many EU laws and policies are there for the protection and conservation of our natural resources. In spite of that, WWF believes that the EU could and should do much more to fight against climate change and nature degradation.
Environmental laws are often poorly implemented by the Member States and the EU is still lacking political ambition to put a halt to climate change and protect our natural capital inside and outside of Europe.
General EU affairs at WWF EPO
Many EU debates and issues which at a first glance might seem unrelated to the fight against climate change and the loss of nature, can actually have a significant impact.
By making sure that the environment and climate are not forgotten in these debates and decisions, WWF helps fostering the broadest possible support within the EU institutions for environment and climate action.
What is WWF doing?
Current EU affairs issues of general interest that WWF is following closely include:
While there remains considerable uncertainty on the shape of the future EU/UK relationship, due to the transboundary nature of environmental issues and shared commitments on climate change and sustainable development, the way in which environmental issues are dealt with in the political negotiations could have serious impacts on citizens across Europe.
In 2019, 705 Members of the European Parliament will be elected, but also 27 new European Commissioners and a European Council President will be appointed. Together they will set new political priorities. The WWF network is working across the EU to ensure that political representatives are aware of the challenges at EU and develop a coherent and integrated approach to tackling climate change and environmental degradation.
Presidencies of the Council of the EU
The presidency of the Council of the European Union rotates among EU member states every six months. During this time, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council (working party, Coreper, minister level). Member states are also working together closely in groups of three to set long-term goals and prepare a common agenda determining the Council priorities over an 18-month period. Presidencies also organise events, conferences and site visits to drive forward policy debates.
WWF EPO works closely with WWF offices in Member States holding the presidency, where relevant, to inform decision-makers in a coordinated way of our positions on the environmental policies they are debating, and to raise on the agenda of the presidency environmental issues of global, European, or regional relevance.