The issue of the environment encompasses environmental protection, which includes the wise use of resources and protecting human health, as well as international environmental issues such as climate change.
As Presidency holder, the Netherlands sets store by an integrated approach. Sustainable growth involves more than just reducing CO2 emissions. Not only does our economy need to become climate neutral, it also needs to become circular, which entails a cycle in which economic goals converge with the responsible (re-)use of raw materials and energy.
The Dutch Presidency will focus on:
Since January 2015, the European Commission has been evaluating the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, including their effectiveness and whether actions are proportionate to their objectives. This Fitness Check falls under a regular programme by the European Commission to review EU policy (REFIT).
In this regard, the Netherlands’ Presidency will organise an international conference on future-proof nature policy, providing an opportunity for representatives of member state governments, conservation organisations, the private sector and other stakeholders to discuss the obstacles they encounter when implementing nature policy.