UDC 502.17:061.1
Biblid: 1451-3188, 11 (2012)
Vol. 12, No 41, pp. 51-69
DOI:

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

POSSIBILITIES AND PROSPECTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Joksić Ivan (Правни факултет за привреду и правосуђе у Новом Саду, Универзитет Привредна академија у Новом Саду), ijoksic@hotmail.rs
Bjelajac Željko (Институт за међународну политику и привреду, Београд), zdjbjelajac@gmail.com
Dimitrijević Duško

The legal environment is a prerequisite for a healthy and prosperous society and all citizens who live in it. The specificity of environmental protection is reflected in the development of a wide range of activities aimed at organizing the system of preventive responding to threats to its resources. But as a rule, preventive action is not always able to provide the necessary level of protection of basic resources that make up a healthy environment. It is therefore necessary to adopt appropriate legal instruments to improve the legal opportunities for environmental protection including the system of repressive (criminal) actions. Given the importance of the environment for each member state European Union has launched a wide range of activities to raise the level of both normative and institutional care. Serbia after gaining the candidate status for membership in the European Union committed itself harmonizing its national legislation to European instruments. Consequently, a necessary step in meeting EU membership refers to the implementation of European instruments governing the legal protection of the environment. In this section, shall be covered by main groups of regulations which set the legal framework for current and future legal environment. Accordingly, author of the work, using appropriate methodological approach, point out the main subject headings which regulate the issues of environmental protection in the European instruments with regard to their potential application in national law.

Keywords: European instruments, environment, protection mechanisms, environmental programs, the strategy of the EU