UDC 502.14
Biblid: 1451-3188, 11 (2012)
Vol. 12, No 41, pp. 27-42
DOI:

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970

HORIZONTAL EU LEGISLATION IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD

Dimitrijević Duško (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), dimitrijevicd @diplomacy.bg.ac.rs
Todić Dragoljub (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), d.todic@ diplomacy.bg.ac.rs.
Miljuš Brano (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), brano@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

The importance of Europeаn Union (EU) horizontal legislation derives from their systematic character. Without the procedures that some of these regulations govern the objectives of the various other areas are not achievable. Although each regulation has its own specific aims their interpretation should be viewed in the context of the overall goals established by the Treaty of Lisbon and the VI Environment Action Programme. The paper summarizes the main EU regulations of the horizontal character. This includes a number of different regulations concerning the following, inter alia: the environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, public participation in decisionmaking, access to the information in the environmental field, the liability for the damage to the environment (both civil law and criminal law), the financing in the environmental field, the establishment of the European Environment Agency, the establishment of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, the establishment of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information, the inspection work in the environmental field, and so on. In addition, it is highlighted the importance of the EU horizontal legislation in the context of the harmonization of the national legislation of the Republic of Serbia (RS) with the EU’s. It is believed that one of the provisions of RS in the field of horizontal legislation complies with the relevant EU regulations (environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment), while the other part of the regulations need further improvements.

Keywords: environment, horizontal legislation, access to information, public participation, the EU environmental legislation, the harmonization of the national legislation