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2019 Outlook: Year of Talks, Transition Ahead for EU Environment Policy

Dec. 31, 2018, 8:30 AM

The European Union will take stock of its environmental policies in 2019, particularly in light of changes to its composition and political makeup.

Among those changes will be the March 29 departure of the U.K., known as Brexit; European Parliament elections in May; and a changing of the guard at the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, which will see its leadership replaced in the fall.

The commission’s job is to identify the EU’s priorities and propose legislation. The winding-down of the current set of EU commissioners means new legislative proposals will be few and far between in 2019, with...

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