European Commission Work Programme published for 2018
The 2018 European Commission work programme (ECWP2018) was published on the 24th October and confirms the Commission’s intention to push three overarching themes for the environment next year Sustainable Development, Circular Economy implementation and an initiative on Sustainable Finance. In the work programme, the European Commission commits to finalising all of its proposals before May 2018 in order to allow the European Parliament and European Council to negotiate and adopt proposals before the campaigns for the 2019 European Parliament elections get underway in the Autumn of 2018.
On the Climate and environment front the will bring forward new proposals including:
- a Reflection Paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030, covering the follow-up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change" (non-legislative, in Q2 2018)
- the launch of its new high level Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) multi-stakeholder platform that will be chaired by First Vice President Franz Timmermans.
- Adopt 5 measures to stimulate the implementation of the Circular Economy action plan adopted last year including
a strategy on plastics use, reuse and recycling (non-legislative, Q4 2017);
a proposal for a Regulation on minimum quality requirements for reused water (legislative, incl. impact assessment, Art. 192 TFEU, Q4 2017);
a REFIT revision of the Drinking Water Directive (legislative, incl. impact assessment, Art. 192 TFEU, Q4 2017);
an initiative to address legal, technical or practical bottlenecks at the interface of chemical, product and waste legislation (non-legislative, Q4 2017); and
a monitoring framework for the circular economy (non-legislative, Q4 2017)
- an initiative on sustainable finance