Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy around €55 billion every year, EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said in Brussels, citing a recent Commission report.

At the Green Week opening in Brussels on 15 May, Vella said, “Europe’s environmental laws are critical to our future. The laws are ambitious, they are up-to-date, and as recent opinion polls clearly show, people like them. But we know they aren’t fully and properly applied across Europe. Some elements are working very well. The Commission’s actions on the circular economy have made Europe a global leader, with world-beating targets for recycling. And the work continues. We are moving towards introducing circularity in a range of products.”

“Full implementation on the ground is the key to achieving our environmental objectives. For the EU and its Member States, it’s the royal road that leads from ambition to real-world change,” Vella said, stressing that implementation has to improve for the environment, for the economy, for public health.

 

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