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The DG Environment’s role is to protect, preserve and improve the environment. 

The four priorities of the DG for the years 2002 to 2012 are climate change; nature and biodiversity; environment, health and quality of life; and natural resources and waste.

As explained on the DG’s website:

“The DG makes sure that Member States correctly apply EU environmental law. In doing so it investigates complaints made by citizens and non-governmental organisations and can take legal action if it is deems that EU law has been infringed. In certain cases DG Environment represents the European Union in environmental matters at international meetings such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity. DG Environment operates also the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), the 24h 7/7 operational heart of the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection to facilitate co-operation in civil protection assistance interventions in the event of major emergencies in the EU and in third countries.”

The DG initiated work in the area of environmental liability, the product of which is the Environmental Liability Directive.