EU Green Week 2019 launches in Warsaw

Commissioner Karmenu Vella

This year's edition of EU Green Week was opened on Monday in Warsaw by Commissioner Karmenu Vella. The event puts the spotlight on how environmental laws are applied on the ground.

EU environmental laws have a huge impact on people's lives. They improve water and air quality, protect nature and prevent waste. But to make a real difference, they must be implemented in full. Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy around €55bn every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. In April 2019, the European Commission published a set of reports on the state of implementation of environmental laws in Europe: the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), which is also a tool to help Member States and local authorities to put into effect the EU legislation. EU Green Week 2019 will be built around of EIR findings and its suggestions for the future. This edition includes events across Europe and a high-level summit in Brussels from 15 to 17 May.

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