Progress in Managing the Environment
On 21 May the Kiev report "Europe's environment: The third assessment" was released in the run-up to the meeting of Environment ministers from the wider European continent in Kiev, Ukraine, which was organised by the UN's Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE). Chapter 13 dealing with progress in managing the environment was drawn up with the joint help of Ecologic and IEEP London.
The chapter states that progress on environmental integration varies. Although the European Cardiff process on integrating environmental aspects into other policy sectors is regarded as a positive example because it has raised awareness for environmental integration its effect on sectoral policies has been limited. Implementation and follow-up is needed. Within the Member States integrated strategies are often in place but similary to the situation at the European level their implementation could be improved considerably. In the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States integration is less prominet, though advancing. Successful integration mainly fails due to weak regulatory and enforcment structures.