Challenges for the Accession Countries in the EU’s Environmental Field
Almost four years to date, assessment reports from the Commission’s Environment Directorate stated that many of the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) queuing to join the EU were falling behind on the adoption of the EU’s environmental standards.
This was also true for the other two applicant countries, Cyprus and Malta. Today, to date, all ten front-runner candidate countries have provisionally closed the environment chapter, acquiring between them 48 transition periods and a hefty financial bill to set their environmental standards straight.
The governments of all the candidate countries understand that their citizens deserve the same quality of life as the citizens in the Member States, and that they should not be put in the position of putting up with environmental problems that the EU citizens would never tolerate.
This report also indicates the transition periods for the EU environmental legislation in the candidate countries.
For the full text of this analysis, see
Eipascope 2002/3from the European Institute of Public Administration.