Measuring Progress in Encouraging the Sustainable Use of Resources and Strengthening the Synergies between Environmental Protection and Growth

Funded by: European Commission DG Environment


June 2006 to January 2007

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Background, summary and aims

Background and Aims

At the re-launching of the Lisbon Strategy in June 2005, Member States agreed on a set of Integrated Guidelines for Growth and Jobs 2005-2008, which state that the promotion of economic development should be achieved based on a sustainable use of resources and that synergies between environmental protection and economic growth should be utilised. Following the Summit, member states drew up strategic National Reform Programmes, detailing how they plan to achieve the aims of the integrated guidelines. The objective of this project is to develop a methodology for assessing to what extent the environmental component has been taken into account in the National Reform Programmes of EU Countries and how committed the Member States are to delivering on the pledges made. An instrument will be created that supports the European Commission in monitoring the progress of the implementation of NRPs by the Member States, in particular in relation to environmental issues in the light of Guideline 11. In addition, the project intends to take into account the relationship between environmental policies and the related policy areas of transport, energy and agriculture as featured in the NRPs.

Project Design

The project is being undertaken by a consortium of European research groups. The project aims to develop a set of indicators which will allow the measurement of Member States’ progress in implementing the environmental goals of the NRPs. The indicators will then be tested for four Member States to ensure that the indicators are widely applicable across Europe. Country profile sheets will be drafted for each of the four States, which will serve as a communication tool to illustrate the applicability of the indicators. If the sheets suit the needs of the DG Environment, they may be extended to the other 21 member states and accession countries.

Importance of Research

The research will provide a practical means of accessing the progress of European countries towards meeting environmental policy objectives. By focusing on indicators from a variety of policy areas (e.g. transport, energy, agriculture), the project will highlight how committed Member States are to delivering on the pledges made in their National Reform Programmes.