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Environmental Audit Committee
Report published; Awaiting Government Response
The Environmental Audit Committee is holding an inquiry to assess the extent to which EU environmental objectives and policies have succeeded in tackling environmental issues in the UK. This is to inform the debate ahead of the referendum on EU membership that the Government has committed to holding by the end of 2017, following a renegotiation of the UK’s terms of membership.
The inquiry will first look at the merits and drawbacks of determining environmental policy at an EU level for the UK and, secondly, look at the implications of such policies on the UK environment. The Committee does not intend to examine the Common Agricultural Policy, owing to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Committee’s ongoing work in this area.
Evidence given by Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change, Tom Bastin, Head of the European Union and International Energy Efficiency Team, Robert Hitchen, Head of the Environment Team, European Union Strategy
Evidence given by Professor Maria Lee, Professor of EU Environmental Law, University College London, Dr Sebastian Oberthuer, Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development, Institute for European Studies, and Nigel Haigh, Honorary Fellow, Institute of European Environmental Policy.
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Environmental Audit Committee publishes report on EU and UK Environmental Policy