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On 12 June 2019, the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee considered the Commissions’ Communication on the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) 2019.
The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) is a two-yearly cycle of analysis conducted by the European Commission intended to identify the cause of gaps in the implementation of EU environmental law and policies. Country reports are published every two years along with a summary of common trends and recommendations. In addition, a joint expert group meets regularly to discuss progress, and the process also involves discussions between the European Commission, Member States and stakeholders.
The review highlights a number of areas in which the UK could improve its practice. The Committee has therefore written to the Minister to ask what action the Government is taking in those areas, whether any resource is being put into examining best practice in other Member States, and how environmental regulation implementation will be monitored post-Brexit.
Update: On 23 October, the Committee reviewed the Minister's reply. Members noted the Minister’s explanation of the action the Government is taking, and requested further details regarding the timing of the National Plan of Action on Seabird Bycatch, the use of Best Available Techniques in relation to industrial emissions, and the application of the Environmental Liability Directive.
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