Handbook EU Environmental Acquis
The objective of this activity is to provide update of the Handbook for Implementation of EU
Environmental Legislation. Handbook provides framework, and step-by-step guidance, on the
approaches and specific activities required to implement EC environmental legislation. In more details,
the updated Handbook will provide:
- a series of overview chapters which set out a framework for planning the implementation of the
legislation contained within that particular environmental sector;
- a series of fiches containing information and guidance about each legal act presented in the
- a Reference Source.
The Handbook provides an overview of European Community environmental legislation and its
implementation, but the actual legislative text must always be taken as the definitive reference.
The present version of the Handbook was produced in December 2008. The final, updated version will be
available in 2016.
The Handbook is aimed at officials (legislators, civil servants, planners, environmental advisers, etc.) in
national, regional and local government agencies in the candidate countries and the potential candidates
who have responsibilities for the planning, management, and implementation of environmental laws
and programmes. However, the Handbook may also be of interest to other parties in the candidates
countries and the potential candidates such as people working in industrial and commercial sectors
affected by the legislation, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).