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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 Acquis Guide;
  • 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).