On 20th November 2013, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament signed into law the Decision on a 7th EU Environment Action Programme, which will guide EU policy action on environment and climate policy for the upcoming seven years. The 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP) identifies nine priority objectives for the period up to 2020, among which te following:
- "Protecting nature and strengthening ecological resilience;
- Boosting sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon growth; and
- Effectively addressing environment-related threats to health."
The EAP is confident that those objectives can be achieved through better implementation of EU environment law, as well as better integration of environmental requirements in other policies.