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This report examines the balance of competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union in the area of the environment and climate change.
It is a reflection and analysis of the evidence submitted by experts, non-governmental organisations, business people, elected representatives and other interested parties, as well as a literature review of relevant material.
Where appropriate, the report sets out the current position agreed within the coalition government for handling this policy area in the EU. It does not predetermine or prejudge proposals that either coalition party may make in the future for changes to the EU or about the appropriate balance of competences.
A document containing all of the evidence submitted to this report and an appendix which sets out respondents’ views on the advantages and disadvantages of EU competence in five areas of environment and climate change policy are published alongside the main report.
The call for evidence and legal annex were published in May 2013.
The government is carrying out a review of the EU’s competences. The review will provide an analysis of what the EU does and how it affects the UK. Full details of the review programme can be found in this detailed guide.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have launched a call for evidence on environment and climate change which sets out the balance of competence in these fields. We want to hear views from as wide a range of interested parties as possible and the call includes a series of broad questions to help shape contributions from interested parties.
The final report (due to be published by the end of the year) will draw principally on evidence submitted during the 12 week consultation period.