From the editor
When I first began working on EU environmental policy, it proved a significant challenge. Like many others, I came to the subject having first become familiar with environmental policy from a national perspective. EU environmental policy is of a very different character. It is remarkably wide-ranging, but is still not comprehensive – with gaps that national policies need to fill; it can leave much up to the Member States to work out as they implement EU law. It is also developed in a different way. There is no government that crafts legislation and sees it through a parliamentary adoption process. EU environmental law is proposed by the European Commission, but adopted by the European Parliament and Council. Law is hammered out in a political forge with participants from 27 countries. This is a valuable foundation, but can introduce all sorts of inconsistencies and problems of clarity. This is one of the challenges of implementation and provides fertile ground for those of us that analyse policy development and implementation.
Editor in Chief