European cooperation has led to six environmental action programmes since 1973, the new chemicals law REACH, and real measures to combat pollution (strategy and action plan). But welcome as this progress may be, it still falls short of the mark set by some observers and non‑governmental organisations.
After half a century of European action on the environment, the time is ripe to reflect on what we have learned, to be better prepared for the future. Hence the central theme – "Past lessons, future challenges" – of the EU's latest Green week (12-15 June, Brussels).
For three days, stakeholders in politics, business and civil society will meet to share their experience on the environment and come up with new ideas for best practice.
On the fringes of this event, Brussels will also host an exhibition (3‑15 June) called "An innovative walk in the park". A stone's throw from the European institution buildings, the Cinquantenaire park will host a series of exhibits by different companies who have made the environment their business.
EU environmental achievements (videos)
50 years protecting Europe's environment (video)
A quality environment (brochure)