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jbolder Jan 03, 2012 02:07 PM
Dear sir or madam,

My name is Joris Bolder and I am a Dutch master student in Public Administration at the University of Twente. I am currently working on my thesis, for which I compare Russian and European environment policies, with a focus on corporate social responsibility. After using (very) helpful data from your online publications, I decided to try the enquiry form for some extra help, but it crashed so I will now try the forum. My question is whether it is possible to get in direct contact with one of your employees who is interested in doing an interview with me. This interview will be to confirm some of the impressions I gained from the publications, as well as to ask for some personal opinions. If possible, a Dutch contact is preferred because this would make it possible for me to meet him or her in person.

I would be very grateful if anyone could help me with my research, although I would understand you have other priorities considering your profession.

One final note I would like to add is that I will actually go to Moscow for several months to complete my analysis, perhaps making some of my future research conclusions interesting for you.

Thank you for considering my request!

Kind regards,
Joris Bolder
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EEA Jan 04, 2012 01:31 PM
Hi Joris,
It would be a big help if you could please specify which environmental topics you are interested in, so that we can contact the relevant colleagues and ask if they would have the possibility to have an interview with you.
Thanks in advance.
jbolder Jan 04, 2012 03:03 PM
Thank you very much for the quick response!

My Russian supervisors have requested me to make an overviewing analysis from a broad perspective (contrary to specific policy fields such as air pollution), because in Russia the development of environment policy plays on this meta-level. Consequently, I am mostly interested in CSR within environmental policies (sometimes related with SD strategies).

My comparison between Russia and the EU will consist of:
- conditions, such as the policy-making process, power distribution, urgency of environmental issues;
- intentions, such as chapter 7.3 of the EU White paper on CSR (2002, p20) and other strategies/guidelines;
- progress, by looking at the 'evolution' of both environmental institutions (RUS and EU) to assess some earlier approaches.

I really hope I this helps. If it remains too unspecific, please let me know and I will try to make additional clarifications.

Best regards.
EEA Jan 04, 2012 03:29 PM
Hi Joris,
After having read your clarification about the topics you deal with in your thesis, I regret to inform you that the European Environment Agency doesnt have anything to do with legislation or policies.
However, I would like to turn your attention to the below-mentioned institutions that hopefully can help you:

The EU Commission has the responsibility of making new legislative proposals. These proposals are then adopted by the Council and the parliament, and implemented in the Member States by the national authorities. The Commission has the responsibility of overseeing that Member States act in accordance with EU law.

The role of the EEA is to supply all parties concerned with relevant environmental information. Moreover, the EEA has prepared an FAQ explaining how to retrieve information about EU legislation at:[…]ental-legislation-in-the-eu
To follow developments of pending legislation, you can access the Legislative observatory at:

The European Commission is divided into 36 Directorate Generals (DGs). DG Environment is the branch of the Commission responsible for European environmental policy and legislation. The homepage of the DG Environment is located at:

Since the individual countries are responsible for implementing EU policies, it might be also useful to contact the responsible national authorities to get practical examples on how EU legislation is implemented into national law
Relevant contact links to European national authorities can be obtained at:

Good luck with your thesis.
jbolder Jan 04, 2012 03:54 PM
Again, thank you very much and my apologies for my lack of preparation.

My compliments for this forum.