Sixth Environmental action programme in conciliation

The Council and the European Parliament should reach an agreement on the 6th environmental action programme (6th EAP) before May 2002.

The conciliation process on the 6th EAP started with a first
trialogue meeting between representatives of the Parliament, the
Council and the Commission in Strasbourg on 5 February. The
representatives of the Parliament are the rapporteur Mrs. Myller
(PES), the Chair of the Environment Committee Mrs. Jackson
(EPP-ED), and the Vice-President Mr. Provan (EPP-ED). They must
consult an EP conciliation delegation, with members from all party
groups (
EP delegation).
The Council is represented by the Presidency (reporting back to the
15 Member States). The Commission has a mediating role in the

The most difficult issues that still have to be solved are:

  • the use of environmental taxation;
  • the remaining quantitative targets proposed by the EP (most
    importantly the demand for the thematic strategies to be decided by
    2003 at the latest);
  • the EP’s demand for co-decision on the thematic


The Commission's proposal for a 6th environmental action
programme (6th EAP) from January 2001, sets out the environmental
objectives for the next 10 years. (see EURACTIV
24 January
18 January

After a common position by the Council and two readings in the
European Parliament, a conciliation committee has been set up to
try to reach an agreement on a joint text. According to the
conciliation procedure, the parties have six weeks to informally
(in trialogue meetings) try to reach an agreement. If they fail to
do so, a formal conciliation committee must be convened within an
additional six weeks to adopt a joint text.


The next trialogue meeting is planned for 19 February 2002.
The final joint text must be approved by the European Parliament
(by majority), and by the Council (by qualified majority).
According to the timeframe set out in the Treaty, a decision on the
6th EAP must be taken before mid-May 2002.



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