Environment Policy of the European Union and implications for Cyprus \x97 Nicosia \x97 22/23 February
This seminar was part of the "familiarisation" process prior to Cyprus joining the European Union. It was organised by the Cyprus Government, the European Institute of Cyprus, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.
The Executive Director of the Agency, Domingo Jimenez-Beltran, explained the role of the Agency in protecting the European environment and furthering sustainable development. He emphasised the importance of efficient monitoring and reporting systems for efficient policy development and implementation, both at the European and national level. The "Environment in the European Union at the turn of the century" report and the report "State and pressures of the marine and coastal Mediterranean environment", were presented as examples of how the Agency provides central information to decision-makers and the general public.