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Rii May 17, 2015 08:40 PM
hi all, i would like to know what´s the difference between the EU environmental policy and the EU climate policy, are they totally seperated? A weblink including expalantion in German, English or French would be also enough.

Thank you so much for your answers
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EEA May 18, 2015 10:12 AM
Dear Rii,
The EU climate policy was part of the DG Environment until 2010. As it has become a very broad task the DG Climate Action was established in 2010 to lead international negotiations on climate, to help the EU to deal with the consequences of climate change and to meet its targets for 2020, as well as to develop and implement the EU Emissions Trading System. You can find detailed information at:

Environmental policies are under the responsibility of DG Environment. The Commission proposes policies and legislation that protect natural habitats, keep air and water clean, ensure proper waste disposal, improve knowledge about toxic chemicals, and help businesses move towards a sustainable economy. DG Environment also makes sure that Member States apply EU environmental law correctly. More information can be found at:

Of course the policies do influence and affect each other but regarding the responsibility within the European Commission they are separated. They also have different underlying legislation.

Hope that helps.
Rii May 18, 2015 11:25 AM
Thank you so much! So the energy Policy is As well seperated from both: the climate & the environmental?
EEA May 18, 2015 12:01 PM
An explanation about the responsibilities of DG Environment regarding energy policies can be found at:

The website of DG Energy and an overview of the topics can be found at:
EEA May 18, 2015 12:57 PM
Maybe you also will find it useful to visit the European Commission's webpage that gives you an overview of the European legislation, policies and activities at: