Modernisation Environmental Policy

In its environmental and sustainability policy, the national government aims to tackle the problems and challenges the 21st century poses. Realising this requires a modernisation of its current environmental policy.

The modernisation of environmental policy focuses on the following elements:

  • public health is a priority in environmental policy;
  • international cooperation;
  • amending environmental legislation; drawing up rules and regulations;
  • forming partnerships (coalitions).

Measures to be taken in the context of modernising environmental policy

The actions the national government will take in order to modernise environmental policy include:

  • further improving air quality by extending the National Air Quality Cooperation Programme (Nationaal Samenwerkingsprogramma Luchtkwaliteit, NSL) until 1 January 2017;
  • together with municipal authorities, exploring the possibilities for further reducing noise nuisance;
  • exploring possible solutions to new risks for public health and the environment (such as nanotechnology and micro-contaminants);
  • forwarding the Environmental Bill (which will incorporate several environmental Acts) to the House of Representatives in 2014;
  • exchanging best practices with other EU member states when directives are implemented (such as the Water Framework Directive);
  • shifting the focus in current environmental policy from standards to innovation and objectives;
  • through the "Sustainable Action" programme, inspiring citizens to adopt more sustainable attitudes;
  • forming partnerships (coalitions) focused on "smart and healthy cities";
  • forming partnerships (safety deals) focused on "safety and the environment".

A comprehensive overview of actions and more background information is provided in the Memorandum to the House of Representatives on the Modernisation of Environmental Policy. You can download the document at the top of this page.