Environment Action Programmes (EAP) have guided the development of EU environment policy since the early seventies. With the 6th EAP from 2002 now in its final year, it is high time to replace it. The purpose of this consultation is, according to the Commission, to collect the views of all stakeholders, at EU and national level, and the public at large on the environment policy priorities up to 2020. Informed opinions are sought on the priority areas to be addressed and on the most effective tools for the EU to employ in addressing the challenges described in the consultation document. The consultation is open until 1 June and the Commission is expected to publish legislative proposals in the autumn.
Source: European Commission, 13 March 2012