Commonly Used Euro-Acronyms

6EAP Sixth Environmental Action Programme
7RFP Seventh Research Framework Programme
ACER Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
Altener programme for the promotion of renewable energy sources
APS Annual Policy Strategy
BAT Best Available Technology
BATNEEC Best Available Technology Not Entailing Excessive Costs
BEG Biodiversity Expert Group
BEPG Broad Economic Policy Guidelines
CAFE Clean Air for Europe
CAP Common Agricultural Policy
CARE Climate Action and Renewable Energy
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CCAMLR Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CEC Commission of the European Community (often used as shorthand for the European Commission)
CECAF Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic
CEECs central and eastern European countries
CEN European Committee for Standardisation (FR: Comité européen de normalisation)
CERD European Research and Development Committee (FR: Comité européen de la recherche et du développement)
CERN European Organisation for Nuclear Research (FR: Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire)
CFCs chlorofluorocarbons
CFP Common Fisheries Policy
CFPE Community financing projects for the environment
CHP Combined Heat and Power (plant, generation etc.)
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Cogeca General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union
COPA Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations
CoR Committee of the Regions
Corine coordination of information on the environment in Europe
COST European cooperation in science and technology
DG Directorate General (of the European Commission)
DPSIR Drivers, Pressures, State of the environment, Impacts and Responses
EAFRD European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
EAGF European Agricultural Guarantee Fund
EAGGF European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
EAP Environmental Action Programme
EBRD European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ECDIN Environmental chemicals data and information network
ECHA European Chemicals Agency
EEAS European External Action Service
EDF European Development Fund
EFF European Fisheries Fund
EC European Community (replaced by the European Union under the Lisbon Treaty)
ECJ European Court of Justice
ECCP European Climate Change Programme
ECOFIN Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ecosco Economic and Social Council (UN)
EEA European Environment Agency
EEB European Environment Bureau
EEC European Economic Community (replaced by the European Union under the Lisbon Treaty)
EECCA Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia
EESC European Economic and Social Committee
EFCA European Fisheries Control Agency
EFTA European Free Trade Association
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
EIB European Investment Bank
EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
EMODNET European Marine Observation and Data Network
EMS Environmental Management System
ENEA European Nuclear Energy Agency
ENP European Neighbourhood Policy
EP European Parliament
EPBRS European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy
EP OPRA Environmental Protection, Operator Pollution Risk Appraisal
EPA Environmental Protection Agencies
EPI Environmental Policy Integration
EPR Environmental Performance Reviews
EPRG Environment Policy Review Group
ERDF European Regional Development Fund
ETAP Environmental Technologies Action Plan
EU European Union
EuP Energy using Products
EURATOM The Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community
EUR-lex website providing access to EU law
EU SDS EU Sustainable Development Strategy
EU15 The EU Member States pre-enlargement in 2004
EU27 The enlarged EU as of 1 January 2007
FADN farm accountancy data network
FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN)
FIFG Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance
GAC General Affairs Council
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GFCM General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean
GIS Geographical Information System
GNI Gross National Income
GPP Green Public Procurement
IA Impact Assessment
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organisation
IEA International Energy Agency (OECD)
ILUC Indirect Land Use Change
IMCO Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation
IMP Integrated Maritime Policy
IMPEL Implementation Network (of EU Member States)
INECE International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement
INFCE international nuclear fuel cycle evaluation
IPP Integrated Product Policy
IPPC Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
IRENA Indicator Reporting on the Integration of Environmental Concerns into Agricultural Policy
ISO 14001 International environmental management standard
IPA Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance
JRC Joint Research Centre - EU’s scientific and technical research laboratory and part of the European Commission
Leader links between actions for the development of the rural economy
LCP Large Combustion Plant
LIFE+ Financial Instrument for the Environment
MEP Member of the European Parliament
MS Member States
MSFD Marine Strategy Framework Directive
MTE Mid-Term Evaluation
NACE general industrical classification of economic activities within the European Union
NAFO North-West Atlantic Fisheries Organisation
NEA Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD)
NEC National Emissions Ceiling
NGO Non-governmental organisation
NIS new independent States (of the former Soviet Union)
NSDS National Sustainable Development Strategy
NSRF National Strategic Reference Framework (Structural Funds)
NUTS nomenclature of territorial units for statistics (Eurostat)
OCTs overseas countries and territories
OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
OMC Open Method of Coordination
OJ ‘Official Journal’ in which all adopted legislative texts are published
OP Operational Programme
OPARDF Operational Programme of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food
PCD Policy coherence for development
PPP Plant Protection Products
PPP purchasing power parity
PPP 'polluter pays' principle
QMV Qualified Majority Voting
REACH Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals
RES Renewable Energy Sources
RIA Regulatory Impact Assessment
RTD Research and Technology Development
SAC Special Area of Conservation
SCP Sustainable Consumption and Production
SD Sustainable Development
SDS Sustainable Development Strategy
SEA Strategic Environmental Assessment
SIA Sustainability Impact Assessment
SIP Sustainable Industrial Policy
Sixth EAP Sixth Environment Action Programme (Decision 1600/2002)
SMEs Small and medium sized enterprises
SoER State of Environment Report
SPA Special Protection Area
STOA scientific and technological options assessment
TAC total allowable catch
TEC Treaty establishing the European Community
TEN-T Trans-European transport network
TERM Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism
TEU Treaty on the European Union
TFEU Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
TWGs Technical Working Groups
UAA Utilisable Agricultural Area
UN United Nations
UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
URBAN intiative concerning urban areas
VOCs Volatile Organic Compounds
WEU Western European Union
WFD Water Framework Directive
WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development
WTO World Trade Organisation
WWF Worldwide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund)