Environmental Law of the European Union – Selected Aspects

Marta Rabczyńska-Kapcińska

Law and Forensic Science, Volume 17 (2019/1)

Submitted: January 21, 2019.

Abstract: Environmental law of the European Union began to take its shape in 1970s. Initially, the political will of Member States’ leaders in this area was expressed without a clear Treaty foundation, in the form of non-binding resolutions, which included multi-annual Action Programmes.  It was only the Single European Act that brought changes in this respect: it clearly referred to the Community environmental policy and defined its objectives and principles. The legal bases of modern environmental policy have been laid down by the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in the Title XX “Environment” describing its objectives and rules. The sources of the derivative environmental law include directives, regulations and decisions. Typically directives would be used, which subsequently have to be transposed to national legislations.

Keywords: environmental policy, European Union

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