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WWF's role in Brussels
The EU has some of the world's most ambitious environmental policies, aiming at protecting and conserving our natural resources. Nevertheless, it is very clear that much more must be done to tackle the twin crises of climate change and nature loss, both in the EU and globally.

Existing environmental laws are often poorly implemented by the Member States, and the European Commission is failing to make full use of its powers to enforce them. Furthermore, the EU still lacks political ambition to take decisive action to address climate change and protect our natural capital inside and outside of Europe.

WWF engages with EU policy makers to point to existing problems and provide constructive recommendations to help put Europe firmly on the path to sustainable development.

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.

"The EU is facing serious challenges: from Brexit to threats from climate change and nature degradation. But there are also opportunities for Europe's safety and competitiveness."

Tycho Vandermaesen
Head of Public Affairs

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What WWF is 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.

The new EU institutions

2019 saw the election of 705 Members of the European Parliament, and the appointment of 27 new European Commissioners and a European Council President. Together, these leaders are setting new political priorities for Europe. The WWF network is working across the EU to ensure that political representatives are aware of the environmental challenges Europe is facing, 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.


Tycho Vandermaesen
Head, Public Affairs 
Rebecca Humphries
Senior Public Affairs Officer

Agnieszka Zimoch
Public Affairs Officer
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