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Water, food, oxygen, energy and much more… the environment meets so many of our vital needs. We owe it to ourselves to protect our environment and to use it carefully; our health and our very survival are at stake. Since the early 1970s Europe has been firmly committed to the environment: protection of air and water quality, conservation of resources and protection of biodiversity, waste management and control of activities which have an adverse environmental impact are just some of the areas in which the EU is active, at both Member State level and internationally. Whether through corrective measures relating to specific environmental problems or cross-cutting measures integrated within other policy areas, European environment policy, based on Article 174 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, aims to ensure the sustainable development of the European model of society.
Tackling climate change
General framework policy, Kyoto protocol, Reduction of greenhouse emissions,, Energy, Transport, Enterprises, Agriculture, Innovation
Action programmes, Principles, Instruments, Application and control
Sustainable development strategy, Integration of environmental policy
Prevention and recycling of waste, Specific waste, Dangerous waste, Radioactive waste
Air quality, Atmospheric pollutants, Transport, Industry
Water protection and management
Water usage, Marine pollution, Inland waters, Discharge of substances
Protection of nature and biodiversity
Biodiversity, Flora and fauna, Forests, Genetically modified organisms
Management of specific soil types, Discharge of substances, Activities leading to specific risk
Civil protection measures: their mechanism and financing, Environmental accidents
Noise management, Specific sources of noise pollution
Environment: cooperation with third countries
Enlargement, Cooperation with third countries, International conventions