EU-China Cooperation on Environment and Green Economy

GOPA’s Rural Development and Environment implementing three-year technical assistance project (01/2018 – 12/2020)

Environmental protection and green development are now priorities of the Chinese government. The 13th Five-Year Plan, adopted in March 2016, provides a very strong push – across government at national and local levels – for environment and green development. The National People’s Congress meetings in March 2017 saw stronger measures for tackling air pollution, for further environmental management reforms and for ecological protection. A draft on environmental governance and enforcement measures and inspections reflects the fact that the one of the main challenges faced in China is the implementation of environmental laws and standards at provincial and local levels. China can benefit greatly from policies, measures and technologies in the EU and other parts of the world. In the coming years, China will be experimenting with new policy approaches, technologies and other solutions that will have implications outside China.

GOPA Rural Development and Environment is providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Environmental Planning (MEP) in order to reinforce EU-China cooperation on the environment. This supports the European Partnership Dialogue (EPD), helping to achieve higher environmental protection standards, more convergence between the EU and China on environmental governance, and greater integration of the environment into other areas of government decision making. The project will thereby promote, on both sides, the development of innovative approaches to support environmental quality and green growth. It will also boost new opportunities for the build-up of green technologies, solutions and development, and generally allow domestic and international environmental goals and commitments to be met more easily.