50 years of EU Environment Policy
The European Union has been a major force for protecting the world we live
in. Fifty years ago, when the common market was born, what people wanted most
was peace and prosperity in Europe. Caring for the environment did not feature
in the founding Treaty of Rome.
But with pollution knowing no boundaries, few can question the vital role
played by the EU over fifty years in protecting our environment. Four out of
five of all environmental laws in the EU originated in Brussels. And the sheer
scale and speed of our urban lifestyles continues to inform the policies and
initiatives put in place.
This detailed video news release charts the achievements made at EU level
in helping to make Europe greener and cleaner. From tackling poor air quality
and polluted rivers to pushing for a reduction in and better management of
waste; from putting in place tough chemical safety laws to the protection of
biodiversity through Natura 2000, the EU is taking action on the ground to
tackle key environmental issues… Not least by taking on the biggest
challenge yet: climate change.