Guide

EU environmental law

Introduction

The European Union (EU) has four current environmental priorities. They are combating climate change, protecting nature and biodiversity, improving environment and human health, and managing natural resources and waste efficiently.

The EU member countries are trying to involve the general public in helping to reduce the effects of pollution. They are also trying to ensure that those most responsible for environmental damage should have to pay more towards protecting the planet - the 'polluter pays' principle.

This guide informs you of the different laws that apply to the member states, and also shows you where to go for further information.