beach with litter

Spontaneous garbage dump on a beach in Vietnam, © copyright: colourbox.de

08.02.2018 - Article

Climate change and environmental problems do not stop at national borders and can only be tackled through joint action of states. Over the years climate and environmental policy have therefore become a core issue of the European Union. European environmental law helps to efficiently cope with transboundary issues while at the same time creating a level playing field for industry inside the European Single Market.

With the European Green Deal, the Commission has presented a roadmap for a sustainable European economy, which will be followed up in 2020 and the coming years through thematic strategies and legislative proposals.  The work of the Environment Unit covers the whole range of European environmental law - from industrial emissions to the protection of wildlife species.

In the second half of 2020, the German Presidency of the Council of the EU will be at the heart of our work. Please find our programme at https://www.bmu.de/en/eu-council-presidency-2020/

The focus of the German EU Council Presidency in the environmental field will be on climate protection, biodiversity, sustainability and digitization, and circular economy.

In climate policy, we will particularly address the following current topics:

  • European climate law
  • Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement
  • Monitoring of greenhouse gases in maritime Transport


In the field of environmental policy, we will be dealing mainly with the following dossiers:

  • Circular Economy Action Plan
  • Batteries Directive
  • EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
  • Sustainability strategy for chemicals
  • Access to justice in environmental matters (Aarhus Regulation)
  • Sustainable digitisation
  • Mandates for international negotiations on environmental policy

Head of Division: Luisa Rölke

Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety

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