EEA to monitor effectiveness of EU green laws

Europe's environment agency carves new "policy evaluation" role for itself in five-year strategy

The European environment agency's (EEA) long-held ambition to play a more significant role in green policy-making edged forward on Tuesday when its five-year strategy for the period 2004-08 was adopted. A new task of evaluating the effectiveness of environmental policies and their implementation has been added to its remit.

Through pilot studies of specific policies - including their economic aspects - analyses of implementation in different countries and networking with other players, the EEA aims to derive an "understanding of the effects and effectiveness of policies". It also plans to bring new signals emerging from scientific circles to the attention of policy-makers, especially in the fields of genetically modified organisms, climate change and energy.

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