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David Langlet and Said Mahmoudi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753926.001.0001

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Objectives, Principles, and Resources

Objectives, Principles, and Resources

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EU Environmental Law and Policy

David Langlet

Said Mahmoudi

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out the scope of the environmental policy of the EU. It provides an overview of the seven Community-level environmental action programmes adopted by the EU since 1973, before discussing in further detail the objectives and principles pertinent to EU environmental policy. In addition to the usual subjects such as the conservation of biological diversity and protection against pollution, the Union’s environmental policy also embraces more indirect protective measures such as liability for environmental damage, penal sanctions for breach of environmental rules, and so on. The cultural environment is also partly covered by environmental rules. In addition, the European Commission, and more particularly the Directorate-General for the Environment (DG ENV), is responsible for the development and application of most of these measures. Lastly, the chapter examines the financial mechanisms of the EU which have impact on the protection of the environment.

Keywords:   EU environmental policy, environmental action programmes, cultural environment, Directorate-General for the Environment, financial mechanisms

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