Assessment of policy interrelationships and impacts on sustainability in Europe


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The EU has formulated ambitious environmental policy targets in a variety of sectors aimed at forming the basis for a sustainable European growth with increasing prosperity and reduced pressure on natural resources and the environment.

In addition, the focus on interrelationships and tradeoffs at each policy level on different scales of observation is of crucial importance when designing efficient policy mixes that can lead Europe to more significant sustainable pathways.

In the above framework, APRAISE can offer European and national policy makers a more holistic understanding of the interaction of different policies so that efficient policies can be formulated. APRAISE is expected provide policy makers with an improved understanding of:

  • the efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy of existing and potentially new environmental policies,
  • how these policies could interact, and
  • what could be the impact of such policy interactions on achieving social, environmental and economic goals at both the European and Member State level.

Project details

  • APRAISE ("Assessment of Policy Interrelationships and Impacts on Sustainability in Europe”)
  • Commissioned by: European Commission (Seventh Framework programme)
  • Duration: 3 years (October 2011 - September 2014)


  • JIN Climate and Sustainability, Groningen, Netherlands (JIN)
  • Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria (JR)
  • Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Belgium (CEPS)
  • University of Piraeus Research Centre, Piraeus, Greece (UPRC)
  • Stockholm Enviroment Institute Tallinn Centre, Tallinn, Estonia (SEI)
  • Government Institute for Economic Research, Helsinki, Finland (VATT)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany (Fraunhofer ISI)
  • National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece (NTUA)
  • Laboratory for Energy Policy - University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia (UL)
  • Science and Technology Policy Research - University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom (UoS)

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